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City Cheese Joins the Market

2 February 2015

Christo Swanepoel

Christo Swanepoel

City Cheese owned by artisan cheese maker and entrepreneur Christo Swanepoel from Millisle (originally from South Africa) will be bringing a selection of his Dutch Gouda style cheeses to sell at the market.  After much hard work, dedication and commitment, Christo and his wife Angelique launched their cheese business in November 2014 and use certified, raw, organic cow’s milk to produce a range of uniquely flavoured cheeses which take 90 days to ripen.  

Bring Home the Bacon!

4 December 2014

Kennedy Bacon

Kennedy Bacon

Kennedy Bacon, who produce traditional dry-cured bacon, ham and pork sausages on their farm near Omagh will be joining Comber Farmers’ Market.  No water is added to the bacon which ensures that it smells and tastes delicious! Try before you buy.  You won’t be disappointed.

Eva Paris Macarons are winners!

Tracey Jeffery, Eva Paris Macarons

Tracey Jeffery, Eva Paris Macarons

18th August 2014

Tracey Jeffery from Killinchy and owner of Eva Paris Macarons is celebrating the news that her French style macarons have been awarded 3 stars in the UK Great Taste Awards 2014 – one star  for her raspberry macarons and two stars for her pistachio macarons.  The gluten free Macaron meringue shells are sandwiched together with a ganache or fruit filling {no flavourings or preservatives used} and made with the finest local ingredients, grabbed the attention of judges in the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

Tracey Jeffery who sells her macarons at Comber Farmers’ Market said, “Winning these Awards has not only boosted my confidence in my products but  will also have far reaching benefits for the profile and reputation of my business, Eva Paris. I am so glad that I entered the Great Taste Awards this year. I did so as a result of  receiving consistently excellent feedback from customers at local Food Markets. I decided that I would take the leap and see if the Judges would rate my Macarons as highly as people here. I am delighted to receive the recognition through Great Taste Awards and I hope that Eva Paris will go from strength to strength.”

Plant a Plant Workshop at Comber Farmers’ Market

28 July 2014

Alderman Deborah Girvan, Roy Murray and children from Comber getting ready for the  next Comber Farmers'

Alderman Deborah Girvan, Roy Murray and children from Comber getting ready for the next Comber Farmers’

Children who attend the next Comber Farmers’ Market on Thursday 7 August in St Mary’s Parish Church car park in the Square, Comber will be able to participate in a free ‘Plant your Own Plant’ workshop.  The learning activity which will be taken by members from Comber Horticultural Society will teach young people how to plant a plant, how to care for it, and how to pot it on when it gets too big. The demonstrations will be available from 10.00am – 12.30pm.  

Children will be able to get hands on experience by filling their own pot with compost, planting a plant and watering it in.  They will then be able to take it home with them and care for it on a window sill in their own house and watch it grow.

Farmers’ Market Big Success!

Opening 3 July 2014

Opening 3 July 2014

7 July 2014

The first Comber Farmers’ Market which was held on Thursday 3 July has been hailed a big success!  Thousands of local people arrived at St Mary’s Parish Church Car Park for the first market to taste, sample and buy fresh seasonal food produced by local people.  The market was opened by Councillor Deborah Girvan who along with Mike Moore and Roy Murray had worked tirelessly for a year to get the market up and running.  In the church hall, cookery demonstrartions using ingredients from the market were prepared by local chefs.

Tina Breteche from Mange Tout Deli in Downpatrick who had taken a stall said, “Comber Farmers’ Market was very, very good. There was a great buzz and atmosphere.   Our products were well received and we sold out of everything. We will definitely be back next month. “

Comber Farmers’ Market Opens on 3 July!

23 June 2014

Comber Farmers' Market Big Lottery Launch 12 June 2014

Comber Farmers’ Market Big Lottery Launch 12 June 2014

Despite being turned down by Ards Council for support, a monthly Farmers’ Market in Comber will open on Thursday 3 July in St Mary’s Parish Church car park beside the Square, Comber from 9.00am – 1.30pm.   The artisan food market which has been pioneered by Alliance Councillor Deborah Girvan and supported by the Comber Regeneration and Community Partnership (CRCP) will give local food producers and growers an opportunity to sell their produce at market value prices to a wide range of customers.   The market  recently received a grant of almost £10,000 from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme and plans to buy stalls and promote the market have swung into action.

Councillor Girvan explained, “Last year, Ards Council   turned down my proposal to start a Farmers’ Market citing that it would be too expensive for the Council to run and sustain.  I was very disappointed that the majority of the councillors could not see the benefits and value that a speciality food market would contribute to regenerating Comber and bring more business and visitors to the town.  Because I believed so strongly in the project, I brought my proposal to the Comber Regeneration and Community Partnership and St Mary’s Parish Church and both groups unanimously agreed to support it.    I am amazed at the number of people in the area who are growing, making and baking fabulous, speciality food produce.  Over 18 stall holders have already signed up for the market and they will be selling  local vegetables, fruit,  chocolates, speciality breads, herbs, plants, fresh fish, macaroons, cut flowers, speciality tomatoes, fudge, rapeseed oils, pestos,  home-made sauces, relishes and jams.   This is a market for people who are passionate about producing food for people who are passionate about eating fresh, seasonal, local produce! “  

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