There has been an Abbey at Quarr on the Isle of Wight since 1132,. It played a central part in the life of the Island until its dissolution by Henry VIII. The Quarr Abbey that stands alongside the ruins of the former building belongs to the Solesmes Congregation group of monasteries.
Isle of Wight farmers' markets
For those who care about the origin of the food they eat and who appreciate the fresh quality of local produce, farmers' markets are a haven of treats. The Isle of Wight has some of the best local producers of quality food from meats and cheeses to freshly baked bread, fruit, veg and even home-baked cakes.
The weekly farmers' market in Newport takes place in St Thomas' Square between 9am - 2pm on a Friday. Meet the farmers and producers where there's great fresh produce 'from a field near you'. Come rain or shine, Newport Farmers' Market always sets up in the square.
The weekly farmers' market in Ryde takes place in Anglesea Street, Ryde Town Square ever Saturday.
The farmers' market in Yarmouth takes place on the last Thursday of every month.
If you're looking to purchase some quality produce that has been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled or baked by the local stallholder, Isle of Wight farmers' markets are the place to be. A few local producers and manufacturers who regularly have stalls at the Isle of Wight farmers' markets include:
The Isle of Wight Cheese Company - a family run business producing hand crafted, quality cheeses and butter using unpasteurised milk.
Aldermoor Farm - producers of locally made liqueurs including sloe gin, strawberry liqueur and may blossom brandy.
Island Fish Farm - producers of Rainbow Trout sold in various ready to cook recipes as well as hot smoked trout, pâté and fish cakes.