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Monday, 27 September 2010

New Forest Marque - a truly local experience

When you buy food that states it’s local, you want a guarantee it really is.

The New Forest Marque does just that. It is the only contracted scheme of this type that audits its farmers and producers to ensure a minimum New Forest content. A series of stringent standards have to be adhered to before the product receives its ‘marque’ of approval.

Sarah Richards, New Forest Marque Manager, said: ‘We work very hard to make the New Forest Marque a success and as far as we are aware it is the only scheme of its kind in the country. All our food and produce is locally sourced and is to a very high standard; it’s disturbing to read recent press reports about mislabelled food claiming to be local.

‘Buying Marque produce is important; it helps local farmers and businesses, supports the local economy, encourages people to buy ‘local’ and reassures the customer that they are getting a quality New Forest product.’

New Forest Marque produce can be found throughout the New Forest in shops, hotels, B&Bs and restaurants. There is also a cook-book featuring delicious New Forest recipes.

For more information on stockists and the recipe book visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/new-forest-produce

1 comment:

  1. I'm a cheese addict and was delighted to discover some excellent New Forest Marque cheeses whilst on a recent, late season dragonfly watching trip to the Forest.

    Great farm shop on the A337 (Lymington Road) just south of Brockenhurst!

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