30 years of Hampshire Fare: Championing local
Tuesday September 21st, 2021
We’ve all heard the name and seen the logo but what is Hampshire Fare and what do they do?
Hampshire Fare was set up by a small group of farmers in 1991 to promote Hampshire’s abundance of exceptional local produce. It has now grown into a community interest company with about 400 members – working together to celebrate local.
From coast to countryside, river valley to down land, heath to forest, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s diverse growing conditions provide an abundance of produce including honey and strawberries, trout and crab, wheat, watercress, hops, vines, pannage pork and more.
Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager for Hampshire Fare, joined eight years ago to help secure Hampshire Fare’s future as it became a financially independent community interest company.
Tracy oversees a small team making a big difference to its members, which include not only producers, but independent retailers and hospitality venues across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. She ensures Hampshire Fare is effective through a passion for business and mentoring, creating opportunities, facilitating powerful business collaborations, and developing Hampshire Fare’s voice for local at national level.
If you would like to find out more, you can listen to a recent podcast with Winchester Heritage Open Days as they go in search of answers and finds a quiet success story behind some of the best of what the county has to offer.