FRESH produce will be on sale direct from its suppliers as a farmers’ market returns to Fareham.
The market will be in Fareham’s West Street from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, March 7. Get fully stocked up with fresh food from the 40 local producers that will be selling the best of their produce directly to customers.
Everything from freshly-picked organic fruit and vegetables, to free range eggs and fish, from rare breed meats and home-baked bread, to cakes and the honey made from local bees will be on sale. Sample before you buy from the people who actually produce and taste the difference in quality whilst supporting your local farming and rural community.
Popular local Irish group Shenanigans will be playing in the performance podium.
Fareham markets have been held in the town for more than 800 years, having been held by custom in the town since 1212.
Street fairs and markets were in their heyday in England during the 13th century. The market would have probably served regional and local customers and, in an era when communications and travel were difficult and often dangerous, markets were a good way for commerce to occur.
In 1795 the market began operating every fortnight on a Monday, selling livestock. It continued to sell livestock until 1972 and today a general street market operates every Monday and a farmers’ market is held on the first Saturday of the month.
Fareham Town Centre Management has been organising and managing farmers’ markets in West Street Fareham since 1998.
At the markets, all produce being sold must have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked or processed within 100 miles of Fareham. Either the producer or someone directly involved with the good’s production sells the produce themselves.