New Site for Bandon Farmer’s Market

This blog is now deprecated in favour of a new site at Bandon Farmer’s Market. Lots of useful information there.

Bread making

Bread makingAlan and Zoe from the market will be holding a series of half day bread making practicals in Fionnuisce Bandon, on the 14th June, 19th July and 16th August.  Full details are available on our blog at http://alphaomegabandon.blogspot.com/ or you can contact Zoe at 0863164197

alphaomega artisan breads

Hi guys, we are new to the market,  our first day was last Saturday.  But we are hoping to become a regular fixure.  We have added a link to our blog on the vendors page, which includes dates we will be at the market & the breads we are currently making.  

Conor has invited me to assist in the adminstration of the blog.  So I will be happy to assist in any way I can and suggestions will be very welcome.  Updating the vendor contacts might be a place to start?  

Alan

 

Farmer’s Market still regular

Just to let all the customers of Bandon Farmer’s Market know, it continues to be held every Saturday from 10am-2pm in the carpark of the Spar supermarket.

Birthday Celebrations!

Bandon Farmers’ Market is celebrating its first birthday this Easter Saturday and Ummera will be there!

It might be our last regular visit to the Market as a stallholder, but  our smoked salmon, chicken and bacon are available in Bandon, so don’t despair.

A quick phone call to 023 46644 or e-mail to info@ummera.com will quickly solve your shortfall of our products!

The forecast is brilliant for Saturday, so come along and enjoy the morning.

HELLO EVERYBODY AND WELCOME TO SPRING!

It’s nearly Spring and most of the stallholders at Bandon have made a comeback, after the festivities of Christmas and the very wet and miserable January.  A few brave souls made it out and kept the market alive against all the odds in the worst weeks.  What was really encouraging was that shoppers came every week looking for the missing stalls and wondering when they were going to be back, which just goes to show that at last Bandon Farmer’s Market has become part of a  regular weekly shopping routine for many.

On Saturday February 24th, Bandon Farmer’s Market will be the venue for the launch of the Slow Food Road Show.  There will be literature handed out to explain the principles of the Slow Food movement, and also a chance to join for those who wish to do so.  Annual membership is 50 euros a year and for that you get 3 issues of Slow, the movement’s international magazine, (more like a book) and four quarterly Irish newsletters which have articles, recipes and news relating to Irish topics and what’s happening event wise up and down the country.  Slow Food events take place in every area, organised by the local Convivia (or groups).  The West Cork Convivia is very active and has lots planned for 2007.   Committee members are Giana Ferguson (Gubbeen)  Anthony Creswell (Ummera Smoked Products) Ruth Healy (URRU Culinary Store) and little old me – the Convivium Leader!

Our events this year will include this Roadshow, a membership drive that plans to visit all the West Cork markets throughout the Spring.  If you do come along to the launch in Bandon and want to join Slow Food as a member, you will be supporting the many food projects both here and internationally that the movement supports, as well as getting money off all the fab gourmet events that take place in the region throughout the year.  Just to give you at taste…

Ruth Healy will be organising four seasonal gourmet Slow Food evenings at her lovely Urru Culinary Store on McSwiney Quay,   The first one will be on Spring, on Thurs April 19th, 7.30pm for 8pm and will focus on seasonal produce, with a guest speaker and tastings. Summer, Autumn and Winter dates will follow  later

Also in April, a Slow Food for Kids event at Hosford’s garden centre on Sunday April 15th from 2.00 – 5.30pm will feature a farmer’s market on the terrace (hopefully with many of our faithful stallholders from Bandon in attendance!) and there will be special workshops for the kids on ‘How to grow your own veggies’ plus a fabulous puppet theatre with a foodie theme and lots of other bits and pieces.

Later in the year there will be an Open Day at Ummera Smoked Products, Timoleague, where you can meet Anthony and other Slow Food producers and have a taste of their lovely products, plus enjoy a glass of wine or two.

We’ve also got a picnic on Lough Hyne planned plus an Archaological Walk near Barley Cove, with a Hog Roast afterwards.  So you see, there will be  lots to enjoy!

But back to the market.  We hope to be bringing back a few old favourite stalls for Spring and Summer, plus inviting a few new stallholders to join the ranks.  Watch this space – and happy shopping!

The Market is on!

Most of the Farmers Markets seem to be closed in January. Not so in Bandon.

Defying the elements, some hardy souls are determined to make sure that Bandonians can buy the freshest produce.

Despite gales, stormy downpours and frost a small band of producers have stood up to the elements these last two Saturdays. They will be back again on Saturday.

How about you?