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Farm Shops & Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Many rural towns and countryside are best served by innovative farm shops – Chapman of Portadown, McKee’s in Newtownards and Cloughbane Farm Shop, County Tyrone. All offer a mouth-watering array of homemade bread, pastries, prepared meals, fresh vegetables and specialty meats. Farm shops are also selling prepared dishes such as the herby marinated shanks or shepherds pies made by Cloughbane Farm Shop.

  • Michel’s Fruit & Veg, Belfast, Co Antrim
  • Ballylagan Organic Farm Shop, Ballyclare, Co Antrim
  • Hillstown Farm Shop, Randalstown Co Antrim
  • Chapman’s Farm Fresh, Portadown, Co Armagh
  • Homegrown NI, Newtownards, Co Down
  • McKee’s Farm Shop, Newtownards, Co Down
  • Pheasant’s Hill Farm Shop, Downpatrick, Co Down
  • Helen’s Bay Organic Gardens Helen’s Bay, Co Down
  • Horner's Farm Shop, Comber, Co Down
  • Windwhistle Farm, Comber, Co Down
  • O'Malley's Farm Shop, Newry, Co  Down
  • Pheasant's Hill Farm Shop, Comber, Co Down
  • Gillen’s Greengrocers, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
  • Moss Brook Farm Shop, Desertmartin, Co Londonderry
  • The White Goose Tearoom & Farmshop Garvagh, Co Londonderry
  • Keady View Farm, Limavady, Co Londonderry
  • Claggan Pick Your Own Fruit Farm, Limavady, Co Londonderry
  • Cloughbane Farm Shop, Dungannon, Co Tyrone

Farmer’s Markets

One of the best ways to experience authentic Northern Irish speciality foods is to visit one of the Farmer’s markets that take place all over the province. These are great places to see, taste, and talk to artisan producers about local food and drink.

  • City Food & Garden Market at St George’s Market, Belfast, (every Saturday)
  • Causeway Speciality Market, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, (second Saturday of the month)
  • Tyrone Farmers Market, Dungannon & Omagh, Co Tyrone, (first and third Saturday of every month)
  • Comber Farmers’ Market, St Mary’s Church Car Park, The Square, Comber, Co Down (first Thursday of the month) - February to December
  • Templepatrick Farmers Market at Colmans Garden Centre, County Antrim (last Sunday of every month)
  • Strabane Farmer’s Market, Co Tyrone, (last Saturday of every month)

  • Walled City Market, Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry, (first Saturday of every month) - February to November
  • Inns Markets, Newtownbreda, Belfast  (last saturday of each month)
  • Folktown Market, Bank Square, Belfast (Every Thursday) 16 April to 17 December

In season - Northern Ireland’s typical seasonal larder.

Northern Ireland has a varied menu of seasonal foods, covering autumnal specialities, summer recipes, and gourmet comfort food for the winter months. To help in choosing seasonal produce from the markets and farm shops, here is a calendar guide of local seasonal food.

October - March:
Vegetables: potatoes, carrots, onions, parsnip, leeks, turnip, kale, purple sprouting broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, swede, brussels sprouts, parsley, mushrooms, parsnips, and beetroot.
Fruit: pears and apples.
Game: venison, rabbit, partridge and pheasant.
Meat and Poultry: chicken, beef, pork, lamb and mutton, wild duck.
Fish and Seafood: langoustine, mussels, oysters, salmon and cockles.

April - June:
Vegetables: new potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, leeks, cauliflower, mushrooms, spring greens, salads and pak-choi, rhubarb and cucumber.
Fruit: early glasshouse tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries.
Game: venison and pheasant.
Meat and Poultry: chicken, beef, pork, lamb and mutton.
Fish and Seafood: langoustine, trout, salmon, eel and cockles.

July - September:
Vegetables: potatoes, carrots, onions, salads, spring onions, celery, courgettes, tomatoes, peas, broad and runner beans, mushrooms, beetroot, green broccoli, cauliflower, sweetheart cabbage, rhubarb and fennel.
Fruit: strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries (brambles), plums, damsons and tomatoes.
Game: rabbit and partridge.
Meat and Poultry: chicken, beef, pork, lamb and mutton, wild duck.
Fish and Seafood: salmon, pike, trout, eel, langoustine, mussels and oysters.

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Useful Links

Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink

Gluten Free Ireland Directory