We’re proud to say that 25% of our produce is grown, raised or made within 30 miles of the shop. We now have 46 local suppliers and the list continues to grow.
Of course, our bread is local: we bake bread rolls and other bakery items in the shop and we also offer supplies from Cottage Loaf in Fordingbridge and Long Crichel bakery near Wimborne.
We have regular meat supplies from Prices of Fordingbridge and Hale Pig & Poultry, and meat pies from Allison’s Kitchen (Fordingbridge). When it’s available, we offer Home Park Beef (raised in Hale) and Jack McNulty’s lamb and pork from the pigs and sheep he keeps in the field behind the shop ( How LOCAL is that?).
Our milk is local: Pensworth from Southampton and Ivy Farm from Frome (OK, that’s 39 miles away, but still pretty local, eh?). We have local cheese supplies from Loosehanger and Lyburn Farm supplemented by Crook and Churn, all tasty and of great quality.
Mandy Castle continues to supply us with her excellent range of cakes, jams, marmalades and interesting pickles. Nikki Coots, our post mistress now has her own brand – Nikki’s Little Cake Company – and produces lovely cakes and pastries for us. Our freezer holds gluten-free cakes from Nikki and puddings and quiches from Mandy.
Toukie Sheldon keeps us well stocked with her fudge and although honey supplies have been difficult to source we now have Wiltshire honey from Salisbury. For chocoholics, we have mint chocolates from Summerdown Mints in Basingstoke and New Forest Chocolate from Hale. Our old favourite, New Forest Ice Cream from Lymington is always available and is now joined by a new arrival, Jude’s Ice Cream from Twyford.
Our great range of beers includes long-standing favourites from Ringwood, Downton and Hopback Breweries: all local breweries with excellent reputations. Cider drinkers are not forgotten either, with a good stock of New Forest Cider from Burley.
We also have a wide range of local gifts and crafts: Greeting Cards, View Cards and Notelets by Barry Miles and Pete Gilbert (and don’t forget his book,”A year in the New Forest”). We also stock postcards and notelets depicting the Woodgreen Village Hall murals. There are woodcrafts from Edward Newsham, felt textiles from Sarah Waters and ceramics from Textile Studio at Godshill, and a range of gifts from Dangly Hearts. We even offer local skincare products: have you tried ’My Trusty little Sunflower Cream’ the excellent skin moisturizer developed by Salisbury Hospital?
Making Local Food Work…is rooted in the belief that the needs of consumers, producers and the land are interdependent and that community enterprise can strengthen and reconnect these links to the lasting benefit of all.
People buy local food for many reasons: local food is fresher than shipped-in food and so it tastes better and is more nutritious; local food has fewer food miles and is better for the environment; local food helps support the local economy; local food is more easily traced back to its origins.