6th July 2015
A big thank you to everybody who attended our 1st birthday market on 2 July which was a huge success made possible by a Community Festival grant from Ards and North Down Borough Council. We were delighted to welcome Michele Shirlow of Good Food NI who came along to cut the birthday cake and help us celebrate this significant milestone. We were also joined by Valhalla Theatre Company who came dressed as Ulster Scots circa 1640; Chris Irwin from Belfast Metropolitan College who ran good food workshops for children; and the Tammy Conn School of Dance who performed a flash mob dance in the middle of the car park.
29 June 2015
Comber Farmers’ Market will celebrate its first birthday on Thursday 2 July 2015 in St Mary’s Parish Church, Comber, 9.00am – 1.30pm. With funding from Ards and North Down Council, an extended programme has been organised and includes:
- 11.00am Fun Food Workshop for children
- 11.30am Fun Food Workshop for children
- 12. 00pm Cheese Making Demonstration by Leggygowan Farm
- 12.30pm Cookery Demonstration using products from the market
In addition, Valhalla Street Theatre Company will perform sketches between 11.00am – 1.00pm.
Bunting and balloons will decorate the stalls and there will be lots of surprise freebies for children. Plus Comber Earlies potatoes are in full season! Come along and get your spuds and join in the fun.
28 June 2015
Award winning Cavanagh Eggs from near Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh, will be joining Comber Farmers’ Market on Thursday 2 July 2015. This family run business, which was established in March 2012, are dedicated to providing the best possible living environment and feed for their hens.
Husband and wife team, John and Eileen Hall, were awarded a Gold Star from the Great Taste Awards in 2014 for the quality, flavour and freshness of their golden yolked free range eggs. Their hens roam freely outside and are fed a high quality ration which are produced to Lion Code standard. Cavanagh Eggs are in high demand from top restaurants and chefs throughout Northern Ireland including the Merchant Hotel, Belfast, and Lough Erne Hotel and Golf Resort, Enniskillen.
Eileen Hall said, “We are so pleased to be joining Comber Market as we have a had many requests from the Comber and Newtownards area. Now people will be able to come and meet us at the market and buy their eggs directly from us.”
31 May 2015
Staff members from Northern Ireland Tourist Board will visit the next Comber Farmers’ Market on Thursday 4 June. Laura McCorry, Director of Product Development, and Rosemary Lightbody, Markets and Product Experience Development Manager have been invited by Comber Regeneration Community Partnership to visit the market and see for themselves how the market is contributing to the local tourism economy.
Alderman Deborah Girvan, chairperson of Comber Farmers’ Market Committee explained, “I met Laura at a tourism seminar a couple of months ago and thought that it would be beneficial for Comber Farmers’ Market to build stronger relationships with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. By linking with the major tourism organisation for Northern Ireland we hope to promote the market to a wider audience through their extensive network and bring more tourists to Comber. Once they have had an opportunity to walk around the market and see the variety and quality of artisan food that is sold, they will meet with members of the Comber Regeneration Community Partnership to discuss how we can do business together.
I May 2015
Four new traders will be joining the next Comber Farmers’ Market on Thursday 7 May 2015 which will be held in St Mary’s Parish Church car park, the Square, 9.00am – 1.00pm.
They include Leggygowan Goats Cheese from Saintfield; Ivan McCutcheon Landscapes from Comber who will be selling bedding plants, hanging baskets, and some vegetable plants such as tomatoes, peas, beans and chilies; The Good Granola Company from Aberdeen who make granola breakfast cereal in small batches which ensures that the texture, quality and flavours are consistent; and Indie Fude, a local food business based in Comber who sell a range of artisan food products sourced from around Ireland including kale, beetroot, parsnip and carrot crisps, Dulce de Leche caramel and butterscotch sauces, teas, coffees, edible seaweed products, handmade chocolates, spice rubs and marinades, and raw chocolate ganache.
4 April 2015
Gillian Downings from Newtownards was the lucky winner of the Easter Bonnet Competition at Comber Farmers’ Market on Thursday 2 April 2015. Her beautiful straw hat decorated with ivy, butterflies, flowers and bees caught the attention and imagination of the judges. She won a fabulous hamper from the market packed to the brim with an item of food from each of the stalls at the market. Second prize was awarded to Lauren Pinkney from Bangor and third prize to Joan Warrington from Killinchy. Seven year old Eva Morgan from Saintfield won first prize in the children’s Easter Bonnet Competition for her tall top hat creation decorated with Easter bunnies, fluffy chickens and Easter eggs. Her younger brother, Arron Morgan, 3 years old, won 2nd prize and Jessica Boyd aged six from Comber came third.
Congratulations to all the prize winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and wore an Easter Bonnet to the market. You helped to make the Easter Comber Market a big success!
30th March 2015
There will be lots of food, fun and frivolity for both young and old at Comber Farmers’ Market on Thursday 2 April 2015 which will be held in St Mary’s Parish Church car park, the Square, Comber from 9.00am – 1.30pm. Not only are the 22 traders who will be attending the market preparing special Easter treats for customers but there will also be a spectacular Easter Bonnet Competition for adults and an Easter Treasure Hunt for children.
Belfast Times blogger and PR guru Grainne McGarvey, artist Irene McBride from Discovery Glass, Comber and fashion designer Winnie Magee from the Lighning Tree, Comber will be judging the Easter Bonnet Competition and will be looking out for the most original, creative and Easter themed hats. 1st prize will be a food hamper from the market; 2nd prize will be a meal for two kindy donated by Sugarcane Bistro, Comber; and 3rd prize will be afternoon tea for two kindly donated by the Peppercorn cafe, Comber. To be in with a chance to win one of these lovely prizes, all you have to do is to wear your decorated Easter themed hat to the market. Judging will take place between 11.00am and 11.45am and the winners announced at 12 noon.
Children who take part in the Easter Treasure Hunt and find the correct clues from market stalls will be rewarded with a chocolate Easter Egg kindly donated by Supervalu, Comber.
A big turn out on Thursday 2 April is expected and visitors can look forward to seeing some amazing, colourful and creative Easter hats parading around the market. The food and plants that are on sale at Comber Market are without question some of the best food products around and most are made, baked or grown by the traders themselves.
So come along and join the fun and pick up some special Easter bargains at the market!
19 March 2015
Preparations are well under way for the Easter Comber Farmers’ Market on Thursday 2 April 2015 in St Mary’s Parish Church from 9.00am to 1.30pm. As part of the programme there will be an Easter Bonnet Competition for adults and an Easter Treasure Hunt for children.
Adults are invited to wear a hat decorated with an Easter theme to the market. Those taking part in the competition should arrive at the market between 11.00am and 11.45am when the judging will take place. Winners will be announced at 12 noon. First prize will be a hamper made up with products from the market; 2nd prize is dinner for two with a bottle of wine kindly donated by Sugarcane Bistro; and 3rd prize is afternoon tea for two kindly donated by the Peppercorn Cafe in Comber.
Children who take part in the Easter Treasure Hunt will search the market for clues and each child who completes the activity with correct answers will be given an Easter Egg which has been sponsored by Supervalu in Comber.
Councillor Deborah Girvan who helps to run the market said, “As Easter is early this year and coincides with the monthly market, we decided to include an activity for grandparents, parents and children. We hope that everyone will join in our fun programme and support the 22 traders who will be attending the market and selling fresh local food products. There will be special Easter promotions available at the market including breads, cakes, jams, tarts, chutneys, chocolate, fruit, vegetables, vinegars, oils, meat and fish. We would like to thank all our sponsors for their generous donations which will help to make the 9th Comber Market the best one yet!”
5 March 2015
Comber Market could not operate without the help and support of local volunteers. Whatever the weather, a loyal band of men get up at 6.30am on market day to help put up the gazebos. Most of the team are retired gentlemen who live in and around Comber. Depending upon who is available, it takes about 30 minutes to put up 10 gazebos and ensure that the weights are strapped to the feet of the steel frames. After the market closes around 1.30pm, they come back again to help take the gazebos down.
A big thank you gentlemen…………we couldn’t do without you!
5 February 2015
Charlie Cole from Broughgammon Farm, Ballycastle, displays pheasants at his stand at the February 2015 market. Broughgammon has established a local network of approved trained hunters (people that have been trained in hunting as well as Wild Game Meat Hygiene). Broughgammon are committed to providing local quality game which is sustainably sourced with high traceability. As well as their regular kid-goat meat, they also sell venison, rabbit, duck and partridge when available and in season.