Celebrate local New Forest Marque produce this weekend

Published Tuesday 27 March 2012

Delicious mouth-watering produce and traditional crafts will be on offer this weekend (31 March-1 April) as part of a special promotion of New Forest farm shops.

There are four farm shops in the New Forest National Park that are all part of the New Forest Marque, a unique scheme that ensures the produce is of the highest quality and local to the New Forest.

During the weekend the farm shops will be offering special promotions on New Forest Marque branded produce and craft as well as food tastings and demonstrations.

Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager, said: ‘We are spoilt for choice in the New Forest. We have local food and produce of the highest quality and this weekend we want as many people as possible to visit their local farm shops.’

Farm shops stocking New Forest Marque branded produce this weekend:

Tatchbury Manor Farm Shop (Tatchbury Lane, Winsor, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 2HA).

  • 11am and 2pm food demonstrations using Tatchbury Manor reared pork.
  • First 10 customers receive a free lemon tart and potato dauphinoise from   Mange-To-Go.
  • Taster ice cream pots from Bere Dairy.
  • See lambs, chicken and geese.
  • Manor reared pigs, sheep and cattle is turned into pork, lamb and beef at its on-site butchery.

Setley Ridge Farm Shop (Lymington Rd, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7UF).

  • Tasters of the Mange-To-Go range, Setley Ridge wine, Lyburn and  Loosehanger cheeses, cakes, jams and chutneys.
  • Special offers on selected produce.
  • Has its own vineyard producing Setley Ridge wines – grown, produced and bottled on site.

Owls Barn Farm Shop (Derritt Lane, Sopley, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 7AZ).

  • Produces home-grown, free-range beef and lamb for its farm shop and sells New Forest Marque vegetables.

Sunnyfields (Jacobs Gutter Lane, Totton, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 9FX)

  • Grows its own organic vegetables and has its own butchery for New Forest Marque meat. Market every Saturday.

For more information about the New Forest Marque and where to buy visit www.newforestproduce.co.uk


Notes to Editors: The Marque® – a sign of quality.

A product is only licensed to use the Marque® if:

  • it contains at least 25 per cent New Forest produce
  • it has met stringent standards according to its particular speciality (for example, meat producers must show that high standards of welfare and good husbandry have been applied at all times).

Managed by the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council and the award scheme was created to:

  • give businesses a distinctive 'New Forest' banner under which to sell their goods and services help customers identify quality New Forest produce
  • encourage people to ‘buy local’ and reduce the environmental impact of  transporting food long distances
  • help sustain the New Forest’s local economy by supporting local businesses and employment.

For more information on the New Forest Marque and who is part of the Marque visit www.newforestproduce.co.uk.

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Media Contacts:

Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans-mcdaid@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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