City Council is to host the first ever Farmers' Market in the
city next Saturday (October 18) at Castle Gardens between 10am
and 4pm. Councillor Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council's
Economic Development Committee said: "I am delighted that we are
introducing a farmers' market to the gardens.
The people of Lisburn will have the chance to
buy good, wholesome produce direct from source and also have the
opportunity of speaking to the producers themselves.
"The market will also be an important
attraction for visitors into the city, particularly given its
central location in Lisburn Historic Quarter. The atmosphere
that the market will create should ensure it becomes an
enjoyable new feature for the city and visitors will also have
the opportunity to see the beautifully restored gardens when
they are there."
Sharon McMaster of Soupernatural, who along
with her sister Kathy will be selling their soups made with
fresh local organic ingredients, added: "People want to have
access to fresh produce and this is exactly what the Farmers'
market will offer. Local farmers and specialist producers will
take part in the market.
A traditional range of produce will be on offer
from meats, cheeses, fish, bread, home baking, pasta, organic
vegetables to plants, jams and fresh juices.
"All the produce will be of the highest
quality and will offer good value for money. it is very much
about social interaction and enjoying the experience of
selecting the food.
"On the day there will be craft workshops and
face painting for the kids. Local well-known artists Mark Graham
and Mike Mormecha will also entertain visitors with the sound of
their original music. We are encouraging everyone to come along,
purchase some of the products, eat them there or take them away
and enjoy what should be a great day out."