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Fabulous Farmers Markets

Love fresh produce but don't fancy getting your stilettos that muddy? We've rounded up the top farmers' markets in the county.

If you’re staring down the barrel of another boring weekly shop and are worrying about the ecological impact of your avocado obsession (guilty!), then look no further.

One of the many benefits of living near to the countryside is that we have an absolute glut of local producers and foodie companies at our disposal – we’re riddled with brilliant Farmer’s Markets, right?

Go wrap your chops around my Top 5, and let me know if you have a favourite I’ve missed off!  (*gulp*)

 

Emsworth – Third Saturday of the month

Emsworth Harbour at dusk

Emsworth Harbour: Image by Richard Gillin

This pretty little town is sat on the border of West Sussex and Hampshire. Every month the best of Hampshire’s foodie folk descend to peddle their wares, just mere steps away from the gorgeous harbour. Here you can get everything from hand-made chutneys to local ice-cream, and if you fancy a spot of lunch after you browse, check out the Sussex Brewery pub for the most epic local sausage and mash. Delish.

Alton – Second Saturday of the month

Sourdough bread farmers market

Tucked away in the depths of Hampshire is the picturesque market town of Alton. Their monthly offering includes local vendors such as Mill Farm Organic who produce organic meat, and local honey, courtesy of Mrs B’s Bees. Alton is quite sleepy but there is also plenty to do nearby, including the famous Watercress Line. This is a top spot for jumping aboard a steam train for a nostalgic picnic. Choo choo!

Ryde – Every Saturday

Isle of Wight farmers market cherries jam

Ride on the hovercraft and head over to Ryde for a farmer’s market you won’t get anywhere else in the country. The Isle of Wight is a bit of a foodie haven, and you’ll find much of the products can’t be bought on the mainland. Highlights of this market are famous Isle of Wight cherries plus their very own types of cheese – half a pound of Gallybagger, please!

Ringwood – Last Saturday of the month

New Forest Ringwood

New Forest: Image by Ian Turk

We’re New Forest bound now, and you know they’ll have a whole load of goodies on offer here. Ringwood is situated on the border with Dorset and this leafy little town feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life. When you’ve finished drooling at the stalls at the monthly market, grab a cup of coffee at The New Forest Pantry (they do a rather fabulous brunch as well) or drag the kids over the border to nearby Moors Valley Country Park to burn off some energy.

Romsey – First Sunday of the month

Farmers Market Fresh Fish

To Romsey! And for those who fancy a lovely relaxing Sunday stroll, this is the place. Romsey is particularly noted for its fabulous salmon and trout from nearby River Test, and has a town centre that transports you back to Tudor times. When you’ve finished scoffing a handcrafted doughnut (or three), swing by the National Trust’s Mottisfont House to add a hint of culture and history to your weekend.

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