CAHERLINE Cottage Market has become much more than a location to buy home baked cakes, honey and jewellery - it is now part of the community.
It was started last year in the old school and has become a focal point in the locality. It takes place on the second Sunday of every month from 10.30am to 12.45pm. To show its community ethos they held a special market on Mother's Day with a special raffle just for mums. To add to the excitement, a film crew from Wendigo media were in situ throughout the morning, capturing footage as part of a campaign to promote the GIY (Grow It Yourself) cottage markets and the Ballyhoura region.
And they had a feast of enticing treats to choose from, including delicious home baked cakes, buns and breads; free range eggs; smoked fish; herbs, plants and flowers; jewellery; original art; honey, jams, pickles and relishes; knitted goods; arts and crafts and beautiful gifts.
As well as offering an enticing and diverse range of products, the market has also become an important focal point for the local community, where neighbours can catch up over a cuppa and a slice of cake.
Claudia Coleman, of the organising committee, thanked everyone for their support.
“We are very grateful for the ongoing support we receive from the local community and, of course, from our stall holders who bring such wonderful produce and crafts to the market. It is inspiring to see their talent and commitment which is reflected in the incredible variety and quality of goods on offer.
“As we enter late spring and summer we are looking forward to having even more fresh produce available here in Caherline and we are proud to be able to offer an outlet for fresh, locally grown foods and handmade crafts. It has been a really enjoyable two years so far and we look forward to many more years of markets here in Caherline,” said Claudia.
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