ALDERSHOT is hosting its first Farmers' Market of the year in Wellington Street and Union Street on Sunday, March 10, between 10am and 2pm. Fresh mushroom soup from Bordon or smoked trout pate from Fordingbridge will be on sale, along with lamb, vegetables, tulips, handmade fudge, and lavender soaps and hand creams ideal for Mothering Sunday.

There will also be plenty to interest gardeners looking to venture outside again, with several nurseries selling hardy primulas, primroses, climbing plants and summer flowering perennials, ideal for planting out now.

The management of the markets has been taken over from Hampshire County Council by the stall-holders themselves.

Martin Martindale, director of Hampshire Farmers' Markets Ltd, a pig farmer and regular stall-holder at Aldershot Farmers' Market said: "Farmers' markets have made a huge difference to the businesses of many local farmers and growers including myself.

"We are grateful for the support we have received from the public. This support will be especially crucial during this first year of trading as a stallholder-led company and we would encourage everyone to come along and experience the friendly, traditional atmosphere and the huge range of local produce that is available."

Aldershot Farmers' Market trades from 10am until 2pm. After this weekend the next Farmers' Market in Aldershot will be on Sunday, May 12. However, there is a Hampshire Farmers' Market in Queensmead, Farnborough on Saturday, April 20.

For further information on any Hampshire Farmers' Markets ring 01962 845135.