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About us..

Early history

Our family history of farming dates back to 1851, with our Great, Great Grandfather William Marshall.  His son, and our Great Grandfather, Sam Marshall was a successful and well respected farmer at Priory Farm, Puttenham growing a wide range of produce including vegetables for the army in Aldershot and hops until he retired in 1933.  In his retirement he wrote the book ‘Life of a successful farmer’ published in 1942.  (Priory Farm is now largely private residences and commercial units).  Our Grandfather William Arthur Marshall followed in his footsteps to farm at Weydon Hill Farm, Farnham growing hops and other crops.  It was through the compulsory purchase of Weydon Hill Farm for housing in 1947 (now known as Weydon) that the family came to settle at Malthouse Farm here in Kingsley.  Unfortunately, with the passing of William A Marshall in 1966 the farm was sold to satisfy death duties and the farm divided, with our father Peter Marshall gaining employment as farm manager with the new owners.

A new beginning..

It’s then that the Country Market story begins.  As young mother June Marshall set off with her Morris Traveller (and young children) selling door to door the home grown produce grown on the 3 acre plot around the house that husband Peter was farming, while also managing the farm for the new owners.  As demand grew for this pioneering box scheme, more locally produced items were added including eggs, mushrooms and honey. By 1971 the garage was converted to the first shop with regular open hours, and 40 acres of the original farm were purchased back to assist with demand for the shop.

The first poly tunnel was introduced in 1975, which enabled bedding plants to be added to the growing range, as well as the first venture into the new craze that was ‘Pick-your-own.’

A further twist was presented with the passing of Mr Bentley, the then owner of the farm, and Peter took on the brave and ambitious opportunity to repurchase the original family farm in the early eighties.

With the additional land the farm operation was able to diversify and tailor crops to the growing demand for the shop.  Peter also continued to grow hops on the farm until the irrecoverable destruction of the hop garden in the great storm of 1987.

By the late 80's Country Market had outgrown the original premises and in 1988 another ambitious project began to relocate the oak framed 19th Century grain barn from the original site and rebuild it as the new farm centre.  This was to become the Country Market that most know and will remember.

This new farm centre was opened in 1989, with a small number of local enterprises added, and a year later the first floor was converted into the Cornucopia Carvery Restaurant.  And 10 years later, the Restaurant was extended again to provide evening function facilities with combined seating for up to 250 guests.  A further extension and moves in 2006 provided the ability to introduce a broader range of shopping facilities, a new restaurant and a more modern garden centre environment.

 

 


 

 

The Fire..

Disaster struck in the early morning hours of Wednesday 31st March 2010.  An electrical fire broke out in a concession, and fanned by high winds, spread through our oak framed barn and the adjoining retail buildings. Fortunately no one was injured but the entire group of buildings were destroyed.

Rising from the ashes

The journey continued though, and within a few months of the fire a determined effort brought together a 'temporary' farm shop, garden centre and small cafe by re-utilising our existing Hop Picking barn.  The nearby Hop Kiln also became utilised as an aquatics centre.  Both our plant nursery and farm carried on growing plants and fresh produce, and encouraged by public support, we were granted the ability to carry on, grow and offer our produce direct to the public while taking the steps towards our redevelopment.

The site of the original shop was cleared including a full archaeological investigation to unearth the near 2,000 year old Roman pottery kilns that had previously laid beneath the original shop.

A full redevelopment plan was put together to include an array of fabulous projects to help celebrate our relaunch.

 

 


 

Our Future

On the 31st May 2014 at 10am the new Country Market opened to the public.

The new Country Market has developed into a countryside retail experience and popular destination that is now home to 16 shops, outlets & restaurants including our own garden centre and plant nursery, farm shop and carvery restaurant.

Our father, and founder of Country Market, Peter Marshall passed away on 19th January 2017 but the business remains family owned and continues to grow a wide range of fresh produce and plants from our 200 acre farm here in Kingsley.

The range of products and services that we offer also continues to grow and develop and we remain focused on providing you with personal service and good customer care.  We are also pleased to be involved with and support a wide number of community led events and organisations.

Thank you for reading, we look forward to welcoming you.

Good News

10th Jun 2017
Rhubarb – nutritious natural food available at our farm shop Rhubarb – nutritious natural food available at our farm shop
Rhubarb is actually a vegetable and it is the rose red stalks that are used in cooking, with the green leaves being…
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26th May 2017
Steps to successful container planting, from the team at Country Market's garden centre Steps to successful container planting, from the team at Country Market's garden centre
Pots, hanging baskets and window boxes are versatile and easy ways to brighten up any outdoor space and we have plenty…
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10th Apr 2017
Fresh Turf Available Every Friday Fresh Turf Available Every Friday
We have regular deliveries of good quality fresh landscaping Turf every friday. Widely used in landscaping for its…
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1st Apr 2017
Companion planting advice from Country Market's plant nursery, Hampshire Companion planting advice from Country Market's plant nursery, Hampshire
Pick up everything you need to transform your garden into a more harmonious environment, with tips and advice from our…
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1st Mar 2017
NEW Garden Furniture & Barbeque Showroom now open at Country Market NEW Garden Furniture & Barbeque Showroom now open at Country Market
Leading online retailer Garden Trends open their latest store at Country Market this spring. What's in store.. Garden…
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2nd Jan 2017
FREE Herald Newspaper Offer exclusive to customers at Country Market FREE Herald Newspaper Offer exclusive to customers at Country Market
Country Market offer a free Alton or Farnham Herald Newspaper, worth 50p, to customers spending £10 in Country…
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1st Jan 2017
FREE high speed WiFi available at Country Market FREE high speed WiFi available at Country Market
Free high speed WiFi is available at Fergies Restaurant and Good Taste Coffee
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5th Oct 2016
Our farm shop: serving all your natural produce needs Our farm shop: serving all your natural produce needs
Natural produce is good for the whole family – visit our farm shop to pick up your fresh vegetables today!
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Good Events

11th Jun 2017
Meet the producer and tasting day at Country Market NOW 21st July 2017 with The Cold Pressed Oil Company Meet the producer and tasting day at Country Market NOW 21st July 2017 with The Cold Pressed Oil Company
Opportunity to meet local producer The Cold Pressed Oil Company and sample this fab range of local produce, including…
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10th Jun 2017
Meet the producer & tasting day at Country Market 30th June 2017 with Folkington's Meet the producer & tasting day at Country Market 30th June 2017 with Folkington's
Opportunity to meet sussex based producer Folkington's and sample the range of 100% natural fruit juices, and the new…
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9th Jun 2017
Meet the producer and tasting morning at Country Market 14th July 2017 with Cupsmith Meet the producer and tasting morning at Country Market 14th July 2017 with Cupsmith
Opportunity to meet local producer Cupsmith and sample the range. Based in Farnham, Cupsmith produce freshly roasted…
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9th Jun 2017
Summer Holiday Fun for the Kids at Country Market 29th July to 3rd September 2017 Summer Holiday Fun for the Kids at Country Market 29th July to 3rd September 2017
TJ's return again to Country Market with more outdoor kids activities throughout the school summer holiday period. Pay…
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5th Jun 2017
Thai Food & Craft Festival at Country Market 12th and 13th August 2017 Thai Food & Craft Festival at Country Market 12th and 13th August 2017
Thai food and stalls, beer garden, street food, crafts, live entertainment and much more. A great family day out.
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31st May 2017
Half Term Pumpkin Experience at Country Market 21st to 29th October 2017 Half Term Pumpkin Experience at Country Market 21st to 29th October 2017
Join us at Country Market for half term holiday fun with kids activities including maze, tractor and trailer ride,…
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21st Apr 2017
Home grown Asparagus in season from end of April to end of June at Country Market Home grown Asparagus in season from end of April to end of June at Country Market
Tasty home grown Asparagus direct from our farm in Kingsley. In season from end of April to end of June and available…
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