**Saturday 27th April**

Hillmount House, Larne, Supper Club Pop-Up with Jubilee Farm & Chef Rob Curley Slemish Market Supper Club.

“These Little Piggies Went to Market” will showcase heritage pork across the menu to delight your taste buds & imagination! Pork from Jubilee Farm is pasture-raised to a high welfare ethos. All animals are organic-fed & free-range on the chemical-free farm.

As NI’s first community owned farm the importance of connecting with where your food comes from is an opportunity to enjoy,

Chef Rob Curley, who owns and curates Slemish Market Supper Club will be showcasing a farm to fork menu with each dish featuring Jubilee Farm pork & produce selected for quality & taste from local suppliers. Not to be missed!

*£49 per person.

*7pm for 7:30pm service.

*DJ entertainment.

TO BOOK CONTACT enquiries@hillmounthouse.com

MARKET DAY NEWS 2024 by Portia Woods, Jubilee Farm.

Jubilee Farm is based in Larne, at the top of Glynn, on a 13.5-acre space that is based on the ethos of Creation Care where in stewardship, it is farming and conservation in partnership.  All aspects of Jubilee Farm are given the opportunity to flourish, animals, biodiversity, soil and the people.  It is NI’s first community owned farm, developed under a share offer where 150 people bought into the idea and concept, raising funds to buy the farm.  From there it has developed into a community centred place where everyone is welcome, equally.

Jubilee Farm works to be chemical free, a no dig farm and growing vegetables to the season.  It is an example of sustainable heritage food production.  It promotes food choice and slow food, where it is fully traceable, to the season, and very tasty food that is natural and healthy for you.

Your pork on the plate is from the pasture-raised, organic-fed pigs where high-welfare care is a daily task of the farmer and volunteers. 

There are many aspects to relate to, from its conservation plan, regenerative farming principles, social care farming, to how it operates day to day. 

Do you remember the ‘Market Day’ in town where you are from? There is similarity at Jubilee Farm in how folks ‘used to farm,’ being self-sufficient, selling or trading surplus to others and caring for the ground, water, and air while they did it.

The marketplace was a hub of social activity, of goods in season, produced local, now what we describe as a low carbon footprint.  These are our earliest records of organised buying and selling and evident across Northern Ireland, where ‘Market Towns’ and ‘Market Streets’ noted for their width, wide enough for stalls and a horse and cart, they evolved and remain to this day, a significant nod to our heritage.

Larne’s market yard was opened in 1864, and clings onto Wednesday’s market day by a thread, those who crave the heritage to last, and those who reminisce about the market and supporting local.

Not far distant is Cookstown, the longest market street on the island of Ireland, established in 1628, the market on Tuesday was for grain, on Saturday, linen, flax, yarn, cattle, pigs and provisions.  Ballyclare where at the Monday market the farmers came to town to sell their cattle and stock up with supplies for the week.  Jubilee Farm’s Marketing Manager Portia remembers looking out her primary school window at the cattle passing up main street.  A sad day on 21st Jan 2003 when they opened and closed the market for the last time.

The Victorian era say the creation of the High Street as we know it today.  As more people moved into the cities, fewer were able to grow their own produce and began to rely on shops for food and other goods.  You can do both, why don’t you have a go, or take part in your local community farm?

Are we divorced from where real food comes from, our rural and farming heritage? That we just hear stories of ‘thon days’ or for some of us, from first-hand experience we are the lucky ones who can reminisce.

We invite you to be part of the Jubilee Farm community.

Our project & Marketing Manager project job role is funded #thankstonationallotteryplayer from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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