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Hampshire Country Markets Society.
For more than 80 years a network of Country Markets across Hampshire has been selling homemade baked goods, preserves, garden-grown fruit and vegetables, plants and handmade crafts.
Visitors to these markets can buy a variety of produce – almost anything local and seasonal that can be produced in a domestic kitchen or garden. Alongside the homemade goods many Country Markets also sell meat, fish and dairy goods, honey and eggs from local producers.
Country Markets are held weekly in a variety of venues in cities, towns and villages and Marketeers also participate in Farmers’ Markets, town markets, county agricultural and specialist food shows.
The Producers pride themselves on keeping traditional home cooking, home growing and hand crafted items alive, as well as producing the latest fashionable produce.
Producers are Members in this co-operative social enterprise called Country Markets, which is organised into local Co-operative Societies registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16; the cost of joining is just 5p – the modern equivalent of an old shilling. Everything is sold co-operatively; producers receive payment at the end of every month for their sales, minus a small commission to cover running costs and insurance.
Country Markets aim to encourage the public to discover the diversity and deliciousness of local British homemade baked goods, preserves, garden-grown fruit and vegetables. They also show case the skills and talents of local craftsmen and artists. Producers pride themselves on the quality of their produce and the friendliness of their Markets, many of which have become popular, lively meeting places.
Country Markets has been part of the Making Local Food Work Project which focused on promoting community enterprise as a solution to local food needs; its aims to reconnect consumers to the land by increasing access to fresh, healthy local food.
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Hampshire Country Markets Limited
Hampshire Country Markets Society Limited is an Industrial and Provident Society.
We are fully registered for trading as a cooperative, non profit making organisation.
We are part of a national organisation, Country Markets Limited.
Country Markets provide home-made, home-grown, home crafted goods to the very highest standard to the local community.
Where possible locally sourced goods are sold to and by local people.
Hampshire Country Markets Society Limited
Registered office 17 Princess Drive, Alton. Hampshire GU34 1QS
Registered number IP11787R
We do not offer an online shop at this time as all our items are unique and special to each market. Contact each market via email by Tuesday and order from the Market Manager of your nearest market for collection on their market day.
In some cases goods may be delivered locally by agreement with individual markets.
Many Markets take part in a national Hamper Scheme whereby goods can be delivered in England, Wales and The Channel Islands from local markets. Contact: Hamper Scheme
All our food products are produced by accredited cooks who hold up to date, individual, hygiene certificates.