Hillsborough Farmers’ Market returns, offering four markets during summer months
Pictured at the launch of this year’s series of markets is (l-r) Lee White, Cottage Garden Plants, Isaac Barr, The Parson’s Nose, The Mayor of Lisburn &Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin and Zara Greer, Barn & Bread.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has announced the return of its ever-popular Hillsborough Farmers’ Markets this year. The markets are scheduled to take place on the last Saturday of each summer month, the first of which is taking place on Saturday 25th May from 10am-3pm in the picturesque setting of the Dark Walk at Hillsborough Fort. This year will see an additional fourth market being added to the line-up on the last Saturday of August, giving visitors even more opportunity to enjoy all that the specialist traders, local to the council area and from further afield, have to offer.
Visitors can once again expect an array of seasonal produce with additional offerings to include horticulture and handmade organic skincare. Marketgoers will experience a delicious array of fresh, artisan foods and home-grown favourites, including speciality rare-breed meats, seasonal and local vegetables, award-winning charcuterie, preserves, chutneys and pickles, Irish Artisan Cheeses, fresh bread and cakes.
Local producers attending the first of the Hillsborough Farmers’ Markets will include Castlescreen Farm, who will showcase their delicious offering of veg roll, burgers, steaks and joints from their free-range, grass-fed Dexter beef herd. Award-winning produce will also be available including a fine range of mouth-watering French patisserie from Mange Tout Deli. Popular artisan producers, many of whom have grown to be popular draws to the Hillsborough Farmers’ Markets, include Ke Nako Biltong, Bara Bakehouse, Wee ChoCo, Tom and Ollie, as well as Indie Fude’s artisan Irish cheese stall and The Parson’s Nose pantry of homemade breads and cakes.
Specialised horticultural and crafts offerings from Saintfield’s Cottage Garden Plants, in klover and Ellie Mac Candles, among others, will also be available to purchase by visitors of the Hillsborough Farmers’ Market.
Tasty treats from Armstrong’s Twisted Fish will be available to purchase for furry friends.