New Forest Farmers Markets are usually held once a month to sell fresh local produce such as cheese, bread, eggs, meat and vegetables, which have been grown or reared on the forest.
Update: 2018 Farmer's Market dates - once again confirmed dates have been a bit of a nightmare and I've found that many farmer's markets have closed. I've listed those still available and where I think you'd like to visit.
My favourite New Forest Farmers Market which I can personally vouch for is held at Hale Village Hall the 3rd Saturday of every month and can be found at SatNav SP6 2NB. I love it so much I've devoted a page to it on New Forest Food.
I recently enjoyed some delicious pork. Tender, succulent textures and flavours - all free range from animals who'd enjoyed their lives and been slaughtered locally and with compassion - I'm starting to sound a bit like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall or Jamie Oliver!
I can also recommend as one of my personal favourites Pig'n'Pickles - their chilli jam is really more-ish!! A visit to a New Forest Farmers Market means fresh, local New Forest food and many products from rural businesses within the UK National Park.
Due to closures last year there are sadly far fewer New Forest Farmer's Markets for you to explore.
Ist Saturday of each month
The Farmer's Market held here is on the nursery grounds but not actually run by them.
2nd Saturday of each month
3rd Saturday of each month
Last Saturday of each month
Here are the New Forest Farmer's Markets which are no longer open.
Brockenhurst, Beaulieu and Lyndhurst
Burley has no confirmed dates for the year ahead and The Queens Head Pub on 01425 403423 had no contact number either for the market.
Great New Forest Farm Shops I've Visited
New Forest Farmers Markets tip:
If you're traveling some distance I suggest you confirm dates/times by phone prior to leaving home. I have given telephone numbers, where available.
To find out more about the New Forest Marque Sarah Hunt is the New Forest Marque Manager. Her telephone number is given on many venues as 01590 646692 but this would be office hours.
If you want to set up your own business using New Forest produce I've put a few contact details below of producers and also the The New Forest Transition Hub will be able to give you further advice and information. You'll find an email address and phone number via this link.
Hampshire Farmers Markets are held throughout the county. One of my favourites is held at Winchester. The selection of produce is fantastic and well worth a visit. It is one of the biggest in the country and sells fantastic food, much of it organic and all locally grown. The plants are also really good value too.
It is well worth a visit, although slightly out of the New Forest area.
If you want to search New Forest Life.com without using the navigation bars on the left, then here's a really useful Google tool. Just put your search details e.g. pigs in the search box and hit Search and you can choose to search my site or go onto the Web and come back to NewForest-Life.com.
New Forest hand crafted cheeseboard with antler handles from Wood Workouts fantastic range. We give them as gifts - we've got a wedding coming up and so it makes a perfect gift.
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