FARMER'S MARKET KINSALE
I went to a Farmer's Market last week in Kinsale (my local town). It was a beautiful sunny day and as we've been having A LOT of rain lately, everyone in town was in a good mood and there was a lively atmosphere among the stallholders and customers alike.
The first stall I came to was full of delicious breads and cakes! The stall is run by the lovely Shannon who I know because she is also the owner of Diva's Cafe and Diva's Deli in Ballispittle and just happens to be my new neighbour (my new shop is next door to Diva's cafe!).
I LOVE Shannon's cafe and deli - her food and cakes are legendary! I had the BEST chocolate cake I've ever had in the cafe the other day - truly Divalicious!! The styling of the cafe and deli is cool and original think 'gently alternative' meets vintage! If you are in Ballinspittle/Kinsale and looking for somewhere for lunch or some cake and coffee head to Diva's. Highly recommended!!
Isn't her packaging gorgeous?? I bought some of her rye bread and had it for lunch - yum, scrum!
More deliciousness . . .
Love the blue glass cake stand . . .
Then it was on to this beautiful stand! Herbs and flowers all beautifully presented, no ugly plastic pots here. This stall belongs to Cambium a small nursery/garden centre who sell plants and organic gardening supplies. They are on the road from Ballinspittle to Kinsale. The lady was lovely and we chatted for a while about plants and markets. I have to say the plants herbs, veg and flowers were all SO healthy and superbly presented in organic coir pots. All the plants were reasonably priced too! Well worth checking out if you're out Kinsale/Ballinspittle way!
THE CREPE MAN
I didn't actually buy a crepe even though I love them - will get one next week! but there were people queuing up to order so they must be good!!!
More flowers at the market. Meant to go back and get this stall's name but ran out of time so will update this next week!
The Finders Inn is a restaurant in Nohoval and also have this stall at the Farmer's Market selling a range of food. I've had their brown bread before - gorgeous. Haven't tried their soups but I must say they looked good on that table!!
THE CHEESE MAN
For the life of me I cannot remember this man's name! So sorry, and will write it down next week and update this post. I wish I could because he was so very nice and gave me lots of nice tasters and I bought some lovely cheese from him (can't remember the name of it either!). I asked him for Comte (my favourite cheese in the whole world) but he mostly sells Irish cheeses so he recommended something similar and it was GOOD!! I demolished it when I went home with Diva's rye bread! I have to admit I didn't realise there were so many good Irish cheeses out there, will defo go back for more Irish cheese next week.
Everything was beautifully displayed here as well.
Next stop . . .
THE REAL OLIVE
Olives, tomatoes, pesto mmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . all my favourite things in one place!!
Love all the wooden buckets/holders . . . and so neatly displayed! I ADORE black olives and these were DIVINE!!!!
There was also an organic pig farm stall called . . .
They were packing up to leave as I came along so just got a snap of these jars of lard - I like the labels - "Good Old-Fashioned Lard"! Cute! Kinsale is a beautiful old town, I really must do a post soon as there is so much to show you.
Lovely old buildings in the little square.
I was really drooling over this stall. Strawberries and pretty flowers!!!!! Even the tablecloth was gorgeous! I got chatting to Lydia the stall owner (lovely lady) and she told me that her parents grow the strawberries and she (Lydia) does the flowers. I bought a huge bouquet of the white roses and Queen Anne's Lace and lots of other interesting blooms. They were stunning and SO reasonably priced!! Amazing value and the arrangement was so pretty and vintage in style - I've never seen flowers or arrangements like them. Beautiful, pretty, soft, unusual flowers AND scented - just stunning! I will defo be calling back to Lydia again and this time I will remember to pick up some strawberries.
Isn't Lydia's sign so cute??
So when I got home I took out all my market purchases and they looked so pretty I just had to take some photos before I demolished the lot!
Farmer's Market Kinsale, Co. Cork.
Every Wednesday 10 am - 2.30pm.