Ballyseedy Farmer’s Market is Fertile Ground For Small Business

By Seamus Whelehan

Vicky Kenny and Neil Muscheidt from Bakestone

Described as a trendy garden centre and café, Ballyseedy, Carrigtwohill, is helping local business take root.
Awareness of the farmers market is growing through word of mouth with many vendors taking part for the first time.
The garden and lifestyle centre located at Fota Retail Park is challenging the norm, every Wednesday between 9:00am and 2:00pm.
The widespread notion that eating organic food grown or raised locally is too expensive is certainly not the case here.
The late summer harvest of tomatoes dripping with flavour, just out of the ground carrots and potatoes from Ballintubber Farm just 3 miles away are some of the vegetables that can be found.
Homemade bread from Arbutus, scones, cakes and pastries, gluten free scones, Nutcase nut burgers, tapenade and olives from olives west cork, Jane Murphy’s Ardsallagh cheese, preserves like Jam, chutney, and salad dressings from Yummi a Watergrass Hill based family owned company are routinely found here, as well as fresh greens and fresh fish from Kevin Kruis Star Seafoods and energy balls from raw energy.
For the non-foodies there are fresh cut flowers, plants, arts and crafts, all at pocket friendly prices.
In addition to a diverse group of stalls the Ballyseedy market creates an environment that’s helped cultivate the talents of the areas artisans, chefs and musicians.
Ideally located close to the pharmaceutical centre of Carrigtwohill with almost 6,000 employees on its doorstep, many flock to the Wednesday market for freshly prepared food from Frank Hederman’s locally made sushi to Volcano wood fired pizza, David Kra’s BBQ Jerk.
With ample parking, serious shoppers, in search of bargains and top of the range produce arrive early between 9 and 10 am. Then a slower paced crowd arrive; families with children and causal browsers out for a morning jaunt, often linger and socialise, availing of the markets free picnic blankets, bouncing castle and caracal.
Later between 12:00pm and 2:00pm employees from the Little Island and the nearby Industrial Estate converge on the market for freshly cooked street foods ranging from Greek, Lebanese, Turkish and Caribbean.
“Many would either have lunch here or bring food platters back to the office for meetings.” Andrea Gunn development officer for business and tourism at the Midleton and Area Chamber of commerce commented.
“We are ideally located between the industrial estates of Carrigtwohill and Little Island.”

Why not grab a coffee as you stroll around checking out the artistic offerings from the half-light gallery, or sample a sweet delight from Rebecca Mullins Flour house or just amble through Ballyseedy’s garden and leisure centre.
For more information check out the Ballyseedy Farmers market on Facebook.