Farmers Markets are making a comeback as people are buying more locally-produced food, drink and fresh produce.
People are more interested in the provenance of their food, knowing what they’re putting on their plates. Talking to and getting to know the producers they meet.
In Dorset the market can be found in Poundbury & Shaftesbury on the first Saturday in each month, at Bridport the second Saturday, then Sherborne on the third Friday and Wimborne on the Saturday.
Local farmers, cheese makers, fish stalls, vegetarian food producers, bakers, fruit and veg, as well as artisan craft producers. The stalls manned by the person who has farmed, made or created what is on display.
Customers are guaranteed that whatever they buy will have been produced within 30 miles of the market.
One of the most pleasant markets I have found locally is the Hampshire Farmers Market in Emsworth.
A quaint coastal village, Emsworth is a perfect setting with stall holders offering farm fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan bread, cakes bakes and the best scotch eggs on the South Coast.
Fresh fish, potted plants and a good selection of wholesome pies, pastries and homemade bakes, cakes and biscuits.
Infused oils and vinegars, herb mixes and salad dressings
Over forty oils and vinegars on tap which customers can taste from Zest for Taste. They also offer all natural freeze-dried herb mixes, tasty sauces and dressings.
Recipe suggestions, as well as an array of beautiful hand-painted ceramics, kitchen tools and gadgets that can be found at the Drapers Yard in Chichester. A market for small independent retailers, designers, makers, arts and crafts, artisan food, bread and locally roasted coffee.
Kay Mawer bought an old pub premises a few years ago to house her haberdashery and ClothKits workshop. She then erected 13 sheds in the defunct pub garden to create a hub for small retail independents to encourage creatives and their talents.
Creating something special.
Just exactly what you expect from a local farm shop.
Lots of fresh local farm produce.
Bread, cakes, home-made style Cheese, local Chutney pickles & relishes good selection of local Fruit
Honey, jam, preserves and home cooked meat pies
As well as a colourful selection of plants and seedlings
Driving through the rolling South Down hills around Midhurst, its impossible not to notice that the window frames of many of the buildings in the area are pained a bright striking yellow. Signifying that they are part of the Cowdray Estate.
I will admit I know very little about pork pies. I have always enjoyed one now and again but would battle to explain why hand cut pies are preferable to other types of pork pie.
So when confronted by Jakes artisan pork pies at the Hampshire Farmers Market in Emsworth, instead of asking the obvious question, I was intimidated in buying one to try.
Which now calls for a visit to the Hornet Ale House to see if I can get a few more.
When Bill O’Hagen moved to England from South Africa in 1974, the English sausage had earned the dubious distinction of being the bin end of the market. They were stuffed full of rusk and scrap meat to keep costs down and looked as well as tasted the part.
He was a journalist at the time he started making sausages in his garage.
They became so popular with his work colleagues he was persuaded to open a shop, turning the industry on it’s head and ushering in a revival of the proud tradition of the English gourmet sausage.
O’Hagan’s fresh artisan sausages do not contain artificial additives or ingredients. Many of their recipes date back as far as the 1800’s when England was renowned for producing the worlds best sausages. Then there are O’Hagan originals inspired by years of passion, commitment and experience.
If you are on the way to the Augrabies Falls or Kgalagadi you won’t go hungry at Oma Miemie’s farm stall, situated in the Main Street of Kenhardt. They offer everything from breakfast to ‘potbrood’, ‘vetkoek’ and milk tart. It is also well stocked with a wide selection of marmalades, jams, jellies and chutneys as well as dried and fresh fruit, vegetables and other fresh farm produce.
The restaurant at Dassiesfontein offer visitors generous portions of traditional Boerekos accompanied by a beer or a steaming hot cup of koffie. On most Saturdays diners can enjoy a local speciality, curried tripe, and on Sundays they offer a large buffet.
Family run Nature’s Way is a traditional farm stall and deli where you can taste their Loredo Farm cheese which is made with fresh farm milk from the pasture fed Jersey cows . They also stock a wide range of local and imported cheese, jams, honeys, preserves and pestos, dressings, free range eggs, home bakes and their own artisan breads. The kids can watch the cows being milked and play around the farm stall whilst you savour a cup of coffee and wait to be prepared. To take home there is a choice of tempting homemade jams, pickles, dairy products, free-range eggs, fresh farm milk and olive oil on tap, as well as oven fresh bread for your trip along the Garden Route