As the final countdown begins, there is one visit which will make your Christmas complete. A visit to The Kilkenny Farmer’s Market, now located at The Market Yard is a must.
The colourful array of craft and food stalls means that there is something there to suit everyone, no matter what your taste or budget.
For food lovers, the Market Yard is a gourmet delight. Pat Hartly’s fresh seafood is now famous in Kilkenny and this season is no exception with his smoked salmon a must for the Christmas table.
Wonderful fresh meats are available from Jimmy Mulhall at Coolnahaw Organic Farm and John Murphy from Tinnock Farms.
All the best in organic fruit and vegetables are available from Dennis Healy Organics and are locally grown by Eamonn Wallis in Callan. Also Tom Malone’s fruit juices and jams from Carlow provide an extra treat.
Helen Finnegan is also there with her multi-award winning cheese selection and gift baskets which she produces in Stoneyford.
Peter Gibson from the Gallic Kitchen has wonderful savoury pies on offer which make a perfect treat for unexpected guests.
Mary Merritt from Indulge bakery and deli has delicious breads and a colourful selection of olives, tapanades and hummus, as well as tempting Christmas cakes, puddings and gift baskets.
Norin’s Bakehouse also provides a dazzling array of cakes and tasty treats.
Mary Teehan or The Truffle Fairy as she is now known, produces her amazing handmade truffles and chocolates in Thomastown. These beautiful treats would be a welcome gift in any Christmas stocking.
Food for You and Two Little Chefs also have amazing treats and read-made meals to help you cope this Christmas and Paddy’s granola is ideal for a healthy breakfast treat.
Gavan From Wild Wood Toys brings us all back to our childhood with dazzling and colourful hand-crafted and eco-friendly toys, sure to put a smile on every little face on Christmas morning,
Finn Ceramics produce some beautiful hand-crafted ceramics which would make an ideal gift for someone you love.
The Organic Cotton Company has recently joined the Farmers Market with some lovely, environmentally conscious gifts.
Last but certainly not least, Kerry will sell her beautiful home-made wreaths and Christmas arrangements over the festive season.
With all that on offer, you are sure to have Christmas all wrapped up.
This Thursday (today ) there will be mulled wine and mince pies for all who visit the market as well as a draw for a Christmas hamper and maybe even a visit from Santa.
The Farmer’s Market will trade for an extra day on Monday December 22 so your Christmas fare will be as fresh as possible. They will return to the Market Yard after the Christmas break on January 8, 2009.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.