Hampshire Farmers' Markets Wins National Award
Hampshire Farmers' Markets have won Farmers’ Market of the Year in a national award ceremony organised by the Farm Retail Association.
Following the virtual awards ceremony, HFM Chairman David Woodroofe said: “We’re all absolutely over the moon! This award is shared among every producer, market manager, our loyal customers and everyone behind the scenes who make the markets happen all year round. 2020 was a difficult year for all of us, so to receive this very special accolade makes it all worthwhile.”
The judges commented on the award: “Hampshire Farmers’ Markets really does tick all the boxes. The market offers a good range of stalls and products amid a good set-up. To keep everyone safe, customers were managed when near stalls or on paths around the stalls. Each stall was also well positioned and safe. The marketing is good, and the stallholders present themselves as a combined business and community with extremely high standards.”
Chairman of the Farm Retail Association (FRA) Rob Copley said: “Judging this year’s entries really was no mean feat. The FRA is proud to represent a sector that is bursting with imagination, full of innovation and most importantly, a real passion for quality British produce.
“It has taken a superhuman effort by everyone in farm retail over the last 12 months to adapt to very different ways of doing business and serving customers. All of our winners can take great pride in what they have achieved and they can look to the future with great confidence.”