The Farm Shop has been reinvented as a rural food hall showcasing the best local produce and turning a routine chore into a pleasure and an experience. The New Forest’s farm shops are all about individuality and quality. Usually found in converted character farm buildings, each one has a different and evolving range of locally sourced food and drink.
Daily essentials are provided by freshly baked bread, seasonal fruit and vegetables, cheeses and milk from local dairies, free-range eggs, handmade pies and sausages, delicious honey and jams, sauces and relishes. Locally reared meats are prepared by master butchers, who can weigh out exactly what is required and provide cooking tips, too.
You are just as likely to find treats and gifts. Among these are artisan chocolates, local gins distilled with foraged botanicals, fruit liqueurs steeped with locally grown fruits, balms and washes made using natural and sustainably sourced ingredients, and scented candles, their fragrances inspired by the New Forest.