In a welcome sign of a return to normal (or our new version of it), the Irish Farmers Markets are returning to Kilkenny this Sunday July 12th.
The monthly market will be taking place in a new venue, on the grounds of Mountain View, near Ballyhale, with health and safety a priority. Over 30 local makers including Tom and Ollie (Mediterranean olives and food); Sinead Bakery (homemade cakes); Anna Ward (local strawberries); The Hartrey Kitchen (vegetarian Indian food); Zero waste market place (environmental products); Niamh Mather (cup cakes); Aran Bakery: (sourdough bread) and The Truffle Fairy are taking part. (The full list of confirmed food producers is below.)
The outdoor market will have larger stalls selling local food and produce, while the indoor market will showcase craft and art and cookery skills. As well as being able to pick up food and craft ware you’ll be able to attend cookery and craft demos. Two chefs from local restaurants will each be given a stall and asked to create a menu from food bought in the market that day.
Irish Farmers Markets Director Sean McArdle said, “The reaction has been amazing and we’re really looking forward to welcoming people to Mountain View. Kilkenny and the South East are blessed with an abundance of top quality producers and this will give them a fantastic opportunity to showcase their talent and produce in a safe and crowd-friendly environment.”
Safety is paramount too, and the organisers have taken extensive steps to ensure everyone is protected and feels comfortable. All stalls will be set two metres apart and staff will be wearing visors and gloves, while contactless transactions are encouraged. There will be a one-way system in place and attendants will be on hand to offer help and information to the public.
The farmers' market takes place at Mountain View this and every Sunday throughout the summer from 11am to 4pm. For more go to irishfarmersmarkets.ie.
Confirmed food producers:
Tom and Ollie: Mediterranean olives and food
Sinead Bakery: Homemade cakes and goodies
Zero waste market place: Environmental products
Aish Patisserie and French crepes
Aran Bakery: Sourdough bread
Rivesci: Vegan food
The Good Habit: Herbal teas
Bart van Buggenhout: Handmade chocolates
Niamh Mather: Cup cakes
Anna Ward: Local strawberries
Hell’s Kitchen: Free range Irish meat burgers and sausages
The Hartrey Kitchen: Indian vegetarian food
The Bula Bus: Mexican food
Malone Fruit Farm: Homemade jams and chutneys
Olivia's Yummy Treats: Gluteen-free dairy free food
Lorraine: Chemical-free local fresh fruit and vegetables
Lebanese street food
Eco straws environmental stall
Nature's Elixir: Herbal tea infusions
Paella street food stall
Organic Delights: Irish organic fruit veg
The Truffle Fairy: Handmade chocolates