Inns Cross Market is a monthly farmers' market which runs on the first Saturday of every month, 10am-2pm. You’ll find the market in the rear car park of Inns Cross Shops on the Saintfield Road.
The market has been running now for 5 years with a regular gathering of local artisan, small-batch food producers from both the immediate area and across Northern Ireland in residence. You can also be sure of a new face or 2 appearing every month in the guest spots which keeps things fresh. All stallholders have one thing in common, they are passionate about what they do and the food they produce.
Much of what can be found at the market is direct from ‘farm to market’, with other artisans committed to growing and sourcing quality ingredients as locally and in season as possible. The market boasts locally grown and seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, heritage and speciality meats (including grass-fed dexter, buffalo, lamb, handmade sausages, small batch cured bacon), Irish farmhouse cheeses, artisan breads including sourdough and big tins, handmade cakes and larder products including jams, chutneys, sauces, pickles and fermented foods. Did we mention the micro-roasted coffee, fudge and chocolate? Put it all together and it’s a marriage made in heaven.
Many of the products sold at Inns Markets are suitable for gluten free, vegan and dairy free diets, whether you're eating for well-being or on a treat day!
More recently, we have added a few complementary product offerings which still fit very much with the local, artisan and sustainable living values of the market. These include handmade organic skincare, plants (mainly herbaceous perennials) and a stall curated with plastic free personal care and household goods as well as refillable cleaning products and loose dry foods (oats, pulses, pastas).
In the true spirit of generating community spirit, the market also serves great coffee and food to enjoy – just take a pew! Your only problem may be what to choose from the legendary Inns Cross Market Breakfast Baps to Dexter Beef Burgers, Pud-Baps (black pudding with all sorts of freshly made toppings), or something altogether more adventurous from the rotating resident street food specialists.
Finally, may we just add, that shopping at a farmers' market is an enjoyable and educational experience. The producers are only too happy to share their story on provenance and how they came to do what they do – they may even share an inspirational culinary tip or few. So gather your friends and family and come along, whether it's for the weekly fresh food shop or simply to top up your larder with something special, to grab a coffee or a bite to eat. Inns Market is renowned for its friendly and chilled vibes, once again restoring Inns Cross as a community hub on market days.
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