The cream rises again - the name of Fareham's famed Tom Parker Dairy is brought back to life
TOM Parker Dairy was a long-standing firm in Fareham for decades '“ and now Tom's great grandson has brought the company back to life.
Jack Martin has re-established the brand that made his great-grandfather known throughout Fareham.
Jack, 37, launched the venture at a Film on a Farm event near Petersfield and sold chocolate and white chocolate milk from his great-grandfather’s original horse-drawn milk cart, and also appeared at the launch of the Hampshire Food Festival on Saturday at Chewton Glen Hotel in the New Forest.
He said: ‘I wanted to show people what an amazing product it is and at the same time bring back the brand that was started by my great-grandfather in 1921.
‘My uncle found the cart was being used as a child’s climbing frame and offered to buy it. We then restored it to its former glory with the original company logo.’
The dairy farmer has already attended Petersfield Hampshire Farmers’ Market and has had tremendous feedback on social media from customers.
‘People’s reactions have been wild and they are going mental for it,’ said Jack.
‘The other day at Petersfield Farmers’ Market we sold out of iced coffee and nearly all of our chocolate milk.’
Jack has more than 500 cows at his farm in Exton which was bought by his grandfather in 1964. The cows are a mix of Freesian, Swedish Red, Montbeliarde and Jersey.
He added: ‘In future I hope to expand to cream, milk, ice cream and other dairy products and I am also going to see my local shops to talk about stocking and the Blue Bell pub in Emsworth contacted me on Facebook about my products.’
The original site of the dairy business was in Redlands Lane, Fareham and stood on the site for more than six decades before it was changed to care home Gracewell of Fareham formely known as Parker Meadows.