Discover Local Produce Guide 2022 Launched

Discover Local Produce Guide 2022 Launched

Hampshire Fare have launched the latest edition of the free annual Discover Local Produce Guide, listing where to find the finest local food, drink and craft across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, Hampshire Fare, comments: “We are delighted to be launching our much anticipated annual Discover Local Produce Guide. This year’s edition has a special focus on green issues with features on eating seasonally, our sustainable seafood project in partnership with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and our members’ green initiatives.

“This focus on green issues is in response to the increasing interest in the environment and conscious consumerism. Buying local and eating seasonally have always been two of the more accessible ways for families, foodies and those in the food and drink industry to be greener, and it is an approach that Hampshire Fare has been promoting for over 30 years. We are very proud that our Guide is well established as an essential resource for those in the industry, among them chefs and those running delis, farm shops and village stores. However, it is also appreciated by consumers keen to know more about provenance and supporting local independents.”

The Guide always features a distinctive and colourful front cover. This year’s is a dish especially created for the Guide by award-winning chef patron Gordon Stott of The Purefoy, Preston Candover, using local ingredients provided by Hampshire Fare members. These include asparagus from New Forest Fruit Company; cheese from Lyburn Farmhouse Cheeses, New Forest; eggs from Vale Farm, Winchester; honey from Becky’s Beezzz, Andover; and Micro herbs from Lusso Leaf, Stockbridge.

The Discover Local Produce With Hampshire Fare Guide was launched by a special Hampshire Fare Roadshow on Friday, 22nd April, visiting retail and hospitality members across the region. These included: Triple FFF Brewery and Nosh Café, both Four Marks; Cassandra’s Cup and The Greyfriar, both Chawton; Mill Farm Organic, Isington; Lavender Fields and Gilbert White’s House, both Selbourne; Buckingham’s Artisan Butchery, West Meon; Suthwyk Ales, Southwick Brewhouse, near Fareham; and Tatchbury Manor Farm, New Forest.

‘Discover Local Produce With Hampshire Fare’ is a free Guide available from many Hampshire Fare members across the region including Southern Co-op, who are celebrating 15 years of their Local Flavours range with the arrival of the Guide in their stores as well as selected events – including the new Farmers’ Market at Powder Monkey Brewing Company, Gosport. A digital version is also available to view and download HERE.

Tracy concludes: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members for supporting the publication of this Guide. The past couple of years have been a difficult time for many local businesses, yet we continue to be approached by inspirational businesses keen to join us who appreciate the benefits of collaborating with other Hampshire Fare members as well as being included in this annual free Guide.”

Photographs taken by The Electric Eye at Mill Farm Organic - with thanks to Adam Doddington, Mill Farm Organic's Farm Shop Manager.