Local Food Directory

This is a list of 40 vegetable box schemes, shops, market stalls and farm shops in and around Alton, all of which sell some locally-produced food or drink. 

The directory has been collated by ALFI and ACAN members in 2020. As far as possible personal experience has been included as well as any publicised information. To notify us of omissions and inaccuracies please email alficommunity@gmail.com

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Defining ‘locally-produced’

Locally-produced is a deliberately vague term as some foods, e.g. honey, can be produced in small quantities and very locally, while others need to be on a larger scale to be economic and are therefore distributed over a wider area. 

Contents

Directory

Name Website Location Telephone Produce
VEG BOXES AND REGULAR DELIVERIES
Boxxfresh boxxfresh.com Titchfield 01329 846815 Small, med, large & ex large veg & fruit; bread; dry goods; vegan dairy alternatives
DELIVERS Plant-based food, seasonal and fresh, some sourced locally PACKAGING: Fruit& veg packaging free.
Bryant Brothers/The local veg box thelocalvegboxpeople.co.uk Greatham 01420 538902 Veg, fruit, salad, juicing boxes, and single add-on items, eggs.
DELIVERS Source from Covent Garden plus list of local growers & producers.
Get Fresh and Fruity getfreshandfruity.co.uk Lasham 01420 768184 Range of veg, fruit, salad boxes plus milk, eggs, cheese, nuts and seeds
DELIVERS or click&collect. Source Covent Garden + local where possible PACKAGING: Plastic free or recyclable.
CCC’s Fruit and Veg facebook.com/CCCFruitandVeg Alton 07881 930118 Veg and fruit box or fruit box; some additional items.
DELIVERS PACKAGING: Some plastic punnets, paper bags.
Milk&More milkandmore.co.uk   0345 606 3606 Cream from Meon Valley, tomatoes from IoW, Somerset cheeses.
DELIVERS Aims to increase local supplies PACKAGING: Milk in glass bottles. Yoghurt in glass jars.
Farnham Community Farm (was Farnham Local Food) farnhamcommunityfarm.com Tongham Road, Farnham, GU10 1PJ   Veg bags to be collected weekly, grown on site at Farnham, pesticide-free vegetables, seasonal.
If low time of year may buy UK organic veg to supplement the veg bag. If you go away a friend may collect instead. PACKAGING: Reusable jute bags. Can now use own bag.
Abel and Cole abelandcole.co.uk HQ is Wimbledon SW17 0HB. They have various depots throughout the country in local places. 020 8944 3780 03452 62 62 62 Fruit and Veg, meat and fish, dairy, delicatessen, bakery, drinks, household, BBQ – a very wide range 100% organic food.
DELIVERS No air freight. They claim they save fuel by careful planning of routes. Reliable, helpful and responsible in dealing with queries. PACKAGING: Mainly recycled cardboard, brown paper bags.
Riverford Organic riverford.co.uk HQ in Buckfastleigh, Devon; Local management team based in Passfield, GU30 7SB 01803 227 227 Small, medium and large veg and fruit boxes; recipe boxes; meat boxes; eggs, milk and bread.
DELIVERS Source direct from a range of growers and producers in UK and overseas. Option for a box which is UK origin only. PACKAGING: Packaging kept to a minimum, recyclable or returnable. Option for entirely zero packaging box.
Lucy May’s lucymays.com Beech, Alton 01420 460801 Fruit and veg boxes, bread, buns.
DELIVERS Small/Large boxes. Supports British growers and supplies seasonal produce where possible. Also bread & buns. PACKAGING: Boxes are as plastic free as possible.
SHOPS
Pookle Farm Edible Flowers pookles-farm-flowers.com Worldham HIll, East Worldham, GU34 3AT 07795 212936 Edible flowers and herbs for weddings etc. supply local companies.
Organic PACKAGING: eco-friendly.
Naomi’s preserves naomispreserves.co.uk Supplies outlets – West End Flower Farm, Froyle; Handy Stores, Medstead. 07765 891937 Jams, chutneys, award winning pesto, marmalades, jellies – all made with fresh ingredients.
Naomi normally sells at events but can take orders by email or phone, for collection. PACKAGING: Glass jars – can return to Naomi.
Allen Gallery shop hampshireculture.org.uk Church St, Alton GU34 2BW 01420 82802 Some local produce in their shop – eg honey, chutney, medlar jam.
Closed on Mondays. Cafe, and a lovely garden. Nearby Curtis Museum has similar products.
West End Flower Farm westendflowerfarm.com Upper Froyle GU34 4JG 01420 767306 Flowers grown on the farm, vegs, eggs, Hampshire cheese, local trout.
DELIVERS Open Wed – Sat, 9.30-3.30pm farm shop carries local produce. Cafe too. PACKAGING: No plastic packaging
Meaty’s Meat meatysmeat.com Avenue Nurseries, Lasham, GU34 5SU 07759 551 678 01256 381001 Meats, burgers, sausages, kebabs.
Sourced locally, sells at particular times, see website or phone shop.
Hampshire Cheeses hampshirecheeses.co.uk Scratchface Lane, Basingstoke, RG252TX 01256 381070 07880 738 470 Artisan cheeses including camembert.
Cheeses made in Hampshire, Raymond Blanc says their camembert is the best in the world. Various local outlets.
Cassandra’s Cup cassandrascup.co.uk The Hollies, Winchester Road, Chawton, GU34 1SB 01420 83144 Meat – Soles of Alesford, Fish – Brixham, Bread – Four Marks, Eggs – New Forest, Cider – Mr Whiteheads, Dairy – Southampton, Cheese – Winchester cheese stall.
Order on-line for next day collection. Hoping to source dairy more locally.
Blackmoor Farm Shop blackmoorestate.co.uk Blackmoor Estate, Blackmoor, Liss, GU33 6BS 01420 476003 Fruit and other local produce.
Doesn’t only sell apple trees!
Newlyn’s Farm shop newlyns-farmshop.co.uk Lodge Farm, North Warnborough RG29 1HA 01256 704128 Comprises butcher, delicatessen, fishmonger, Cheese room, groceries, greengrocery. Meat is raised on farmland around Upton Grey & butchered in house.
Pre-order and collect. Good sausages, and quiche. Cafe. Signposted from the footpath on the Basingstoke Canal as well as access from the Lord Derby roundabout. Cookery school and gift shop.
Bowtells farm shop bowtellfarmshop.co.uk East Tisted, GU34 3QP 01420 588418 Mostly meat with dairy, cheese, tomatoes, ice cream, fruit juice all locally sourced.
Limited service at the moment as their shop is too small for social distancing. Click and collect on Saturday.
Avenue Nurseries Garden Centre avenuenurseries.com The Avenue, Lasham, GU34 5SU 01256 381648 Farm shop sells fruit and vegetables, milk and eggs. Meaty’s meat butchers.
Suppliers vary, some local. PACKAGING: Use bags & recycled boxes that you help yourself to.
Country Market Countrymarket.co.uk Kingsley, GU35 0QP 01420 472486 Home grown fruit & vegs. Locally brewed beers, cider, Jenkyn Place sparkling wine. New Forest ice cream, local cheeses, Kingsley honey. Owtons family butchers.
Also have plants and flowers, other clothing outlets, Cook products and restaurant.
Mill Farm Organic millfarmorganic.com Isington Rd, Isington, Alton GU34 4PN 01420 22331 Organic beef, lamb and pork raised on their farm. They buy in organic poultry from local farms plus dairy, bread, fruit, veg, herbs and other groceries.
Coffee shop, farm trails. More expensive than Riverford. Can supply meat box, average price £60 PACKAGING: Mostly paper or cardboard.
The Brothers Bakehouse brothersbakehouse.co.uk Alton Lane, Four Marks 07971 410 303 Bread and pastries, flour & yeast.
Local flour & other ingredients.
N.W.Read Butchers facebook.com/nwreadbutchers Lymington Bottom, Four Marks GU34 5EW 01420 562139 Home grown and local meats, local cheeses, pies etc.
“I don’t really know what food miles are, I just know I haven’t got many”. PACKAGING: Paper bags.
Joyce and Lucas Joyceandlucas.com Alton, 78 High St, GU34 1EN 01420 82258 Tunworth cheese, chutney, honey, some beef, locally sourced.
DELIVERS
Holybourne Shop holybournestores@aol.com 130 London Road, Holybourne, GU34 4ES 01420 83323 Hampshire cheeses, wines, beer, bacon, vegetables including watercress from Alesford, fruit. Hampshire bread, charcuterie..
DELIVERS Can collect from the shop or they’ll deliver. They will phone you for payment when ready to deliver PACKAGING: Flat cardboard boxes, paper bags.
Four MarksCo-op stores.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk Winchester Road, Four Marks GU34 5HG 01420 561380 6 shelves of dry goods and cakes, chiller cabinet of local cheese, dairy, dips, ham, pies. All sourced less than 40 miles away. And frozen food cabinet
PACKAGING: Compostable carrier bags.
Alton Co-op stores.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk Alton High Street 01420 541260 Tunworth cheese, Hampshire Honey from Froxfield, Hill Farm juice, New Forest ice cream, Pickles from Petersfield, Ham from Southampton, Eggs & trout pate from Romsey
Set of shelves for local dry goods, chiller cabinet for local ham, dairy, cheese. PACKAGING: Compostable carrier bags.
ALTON MARKET – every Tuesday in Alton High Street
Sam Long’s Vegetable and Fruit stall samlongltd@outlook.com   07912 505 065 Fruit and vegs, local whenever possible.
Has been in the market for 40 years. Some delivery during lockdown.
The Cheese stall thecheesestall.com Winchester, SO23 0LD 01962 807220 Cheeses include Tunworth and Winslade from Herriard.
Some delivery during lockdown.
HAMPSHIRE FARMERS MARKET – 2nd Saturday of the month in Alton High Street – at least 20% of produce must be sourced locally
Butler Country Estates butler-country-estates.co.uk Winchester 01962 658081 Smoked trout pate.
6 varieties.
Godshill Orchards godshillorchards.co.uk Godshill, IOW   Cherries and apricots, jam.
Farmers Mkt, June, July.
Ambrose Farm Produce ambrosesausages.co.uk   07979 024 268 Sausages, meat.
 
Mrs B’s Bees burtonbees.co.uk Alton 07581 383379 Honey, candles, honeycomb.
Lipscombe Rise – very local.
HAMPSHIRE FARE DIRECTORY – Over 400 businesses in Hampshire producing and selling local produce
Hampshire Fare Directory hampshirefare.co.uk      
Annual Hampshire Food Festival in July.
BREWERIES AND DISTILLERIES
Gilbert White’s Brewhouse brewery@Gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk Selborne GU34 3JH   Beer.
At Gilbert White’s House, several different brews, as available.
Jenkyn Place jenkynplace.com Bentley 01420 481581 Sparkling wine.
Private functions, special events and tours.
Mr Whitehead’s Cider Company mr-whiteheads-cider.co.uk Colemore, GU34 3PY, 01420 511733 Own ciders, apple juice, perry, cider vinegar.
DELIVERS Will also press your fruit and bottle your cider, beer or juice.
Gorilla spirits gorillaspirits.co.uk Upton Grey 01420 446175 Own distilled gin, vodka, liqueurs.
DELIVERS mail order.
Triple fff brewery triplefff.com Four Marks, GU34 5HN 01420 561422 Own brewed beer.
DELIVERS As well as their own beer, their onsite shop sells range of beer, wine, spirits etc.
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