Belfast, Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland’s first-ever fruit and veg market will open its doors to the public on Sunday, as a response to the global food crisis.
Key points:The market will have a range of produce including fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish products and sweets and snacksFoods, drinks and spirits will also be available on offerThe market’s founder, Alex Andrews, said it would be the first of its kind in the UK, adding:I think it’s a great opportunity to showcase the diversity of Northern Ireland, and I hope it helps to encourage people to get back into the food industry and get on with it.
Mr Andrews said the project, which will also include the opening of an ice cream shop, would be a way of highlighting the diversity in Northern Ireland.
“This is about bringing people together to bring food to people,” he said.
“There are a lot of places in the country where people have never been able to afford to have a proper, proper fruit and vegetable shop and a proper bakery and that’s something we’re hoping to help people do.”
The market is set to offer a range with produce including berries, apples, cauliflower, citrus fruits, cherries, applesauce, apricots, figs, melons, peaches, pumpkins, pears, strawberries and yams.
It will also offer drinks and snacks, including fruit juice, ice cream, milk and coffee.
Mr Andrew said it was an opportunity to connect with the people who have been in Belfast for years, but he said they would be able to choose their own produce.
“It’s going to be a great place for people to come and see the diversity,” he added.
“A lot of people are very, very keen to see this sort of diversity in the market, and to come into a community that’s already diverse, so we want to make sure it’s not just a one-off, this is something that will be happening.”
The first public market will also have a cafe for people who want to stay up to date on local news and culture.
It is due to open at 8am on Sunday and will be run by the First Fridays, a group of local businesses who provide community support to local organisations.