Buying local makes sense, the benefits are several and satisfying.
- Provenance – you know where local produce has come from and you can get to know the people and production techniques.
- Freshness – when it’s on your ‘doorstep’ you know it will be fresh.
- Food miles – better from our Parish than coming half way round the world.
- Local economy – feeding your hard earned cash into the local economy makes sense. Prosperous local businesses help support the services we rely on.
- Welfare standards – local produce has to confirm to high standards of animal welfare – you can go and see for yourself.
- Quality – our Parish is favoured with a moderate climate, fresh air, excellent light levels and energetic producers. Whether it’s Honey, Eggs, Plants or Meats you can expect top quality.
Here is a brief introduction to some of our Parish’s producers.
Is an independent free range egg producer and packer. We are a family run business who are passionate about our chickens and have been supplying the finest eggs without compromising the welfare of our birds since 1998.
We are members of the New Forest Marque, Hampshire Fare and are audited to the Laid in Britain’s quality assurance scheme, which offers the highest standards of food safety and bird welfare. In 2008 Hampshire County Council were awarded the Compassion in World Farming’s Good Egg Award as a result of sourcing our free range eggs and supplying them to schools in Hampshire.
We are proud that Luke Holder from ‘Lime Wood’, James Golding from ‘The Pig’ and Andy Hilton from ‘The Greenhouse Hotel’ recognise these qualities in our eggs.
James Golding: “I only use Fluffetts Farm eggs at THE PIG. We needed a great quality egg to sit alongside our home laid ones to supplement their laying habits and after working with Ben for the past 4 years we have found them to be of the highest quality and flavour. His Duck and Pullet eggs are also a regular feature on our 25 mile menu.”
Our eggs are available from several outlets in the Parish including Hockeys Farm Shop and the Budgens at Blashford.
Bleak Hill Plants
One of their specialities is hardy carnivorous plants including exotic looking ‘Pitcher Plants’. If you fancy growing some Tracy or Judy will be pleased to advise you, you’ll find their enthusiasm infectious.
All of their plants are individually labelled and arranged in areas to assist with meeting your needs, there are separate areas for ‘Lower Growing’ and ‘Plants for Shade’. The main area has the most choice and these plants will tolerate most conditions. there are descriptive labels for each of the plants so that you can make an informed decision on ‘what to plant where’.
Tracy: Our plants are raised by us and grown for sale in generous size pots so that they are chunky enough to fill large gaps in your borders. Our plants are tried and tested varieties, many of them you can see in growing in our garden when it is open for the National Gardens Scheme
Bleak Hill Plants opens for the National Gardens Scheme.
Cobley Wood Farm
Cobley Wood Farm offers naturally-reared, free range farm produce. Situated in the hamlet of Harbridge Green at the edge the New Forest, we are a small (42 acre) mixed livestock farm, specialising in rare breeds.
All our produce is from animals raised here – a true farm to fork experience! We pride ourselves on a commitment to high quality produce – traditional husbandry with a unique flavour.
- Pork, sausages, gammon and bacon from our rare-breed herd of Saddle-back pigs.
- Chevon (goat meat) from our Boer goat herd
- Bronze turkeys at Christmas
- Lamb in season from our flocks of Polled Dorsets and Suffolks
- Farm Fresh Eggs – white, brown and blue!
Contact us and come and see for yourself – visitors welcome!
Mike and Anne Roberts
Tel: +44 (0) 7715 628723 or 07715665342
In the heart of the Parish, Hockeys has seen a new lease of life since it changed hands early in 2014. The Farm shop has an enhanced range including village shop essentials for the store cupboard, kitchen and bathroom. The shopping environment is much improved with air conditioning and all goods in the one building.
The new owners of Hockeys are keen for their shop to become an integral part of the community and they hold a variety of Exhibitions, Charity BBQ’s and other events. In the near future a Parish notice board will be erected at Hockeys so you will be able to keep close to Parish goings on – just what a village shop should be.
- Purveyors of quality and local meat
- Burgers and sausages made at Hockey’s
- Selection of wines and local beers
- Bread and pastries baked in store
- Fresh Fruit & Veg
- Range of local pickles and jams
- General groceries & everyday essentials
Pop in for a coffee, meet our team and the animals
In a stunning corner of the the New Forest lies the village of Harbridge which is on the edge of the low meadow land to the west of the River Avon and where Forest View is located. Forest View is a small holding of 33 acres including woodland, home to Chris and Sarah and their growing herd of British Lop Pigs.
Rarer than the Giant Panda is how TV cook Clarissa Dickson Wright described the British Lop, and she was right. The breed has been listed as endangered by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Their name comes from their long ears which fall over their face. They’re really docile and have lovely nature as well as being very intelligent and the sows make great mums.
Chris: So, we thought we’d do our bit to help them survive, what better pigs to move to our lovely small holding. They are far too important for the world to lose don’t you agree? And the meat is just the best, you’ve never really tasted pork until you’ve tried British Lop pork.
With the rise in the popularity of the British Lop Chris and Sarah have found the demand for breeding stock and weaners has really taken off, so much so that whereas they had been selling Bacon and Sausages they are now selling most of their animals on the hoof. They sell their top pedigree young stock for breeding and the rest, although still high grade go to be finished for meat production.
Chris is keen to encourage the tradition of the back yard pig to be revived, he can supply young pigs for home owners and smallholders to fatten themselves. This way anyone keen to do it can ensure the ultimate in low food miles and traceability.
You can call Chris on-
01425 654 577 or 07917 625 733
Right on the edge of Ibsley Common lies Hillydown Farm where Fiona and Kevin Gover run their single suckled beef herd. At any one time they have in the region of 40 cows and calves of a variety of ages, colours and sizes. Every afternoon you can see the whole herd out grazing the heathland doing their bit for the management of this precious New Forest habitat.
This kind of meat production is about as environment friendly as you can get. It is sustainable, local, traditional, low impact and the grazing done by the stock is part of what makes the New Forest so special.
Fiona: It is very satisfying to see our happy herd heading out onto the Common every day. I know every one of them and their family history at Hillydown. It would be a thrill to see more of our beef being consumed locally as I believe strongly that local is best for the environment and for community.
The life of the Hillydown Herd is close to nature, the Cows are serviced by an Aberdeen Angus bull who comes along to the farm on his Summer holiday and the calves live with their mums until they are weaned at about 10 months. As well as food from the Common the herd gets some extra nutrition from farm-made haylage. The Govers can guarantee their beef is free from GM, the stock are grass fed and no concentrates are used – the slaughter is not Halal.
Fiona and Kevin have been producing homebred, grass reared Aberdeen Angus beef since 2004 and Hillydown Beef has been available since 2011.
Although much of the Hillydown beef ends up at Waitrose there is a limited availability of professionally butchered meat direct from the farm and Fiona supplies ‘beef boxes’ containing a selection of quality cuts offering variety and true New Forest flavour…
You can contact Fiona on 07811515317
or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org