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DON’T forget to put the Midleton Food and Drink Fair, which takes place on September 2 and 3, in Midleton, Cork, into your diary.

* Jellies and pickles from west Cork: I bought a delicious pot of rose petal jelly at the Schull farmers’ market, made by Eva Johnson from Ballydehob — (telephone 028-37956). Eva’s jelly is sold alongside Sonia Bower’s Inner Pickle Caribbean-style pickles (telephone 028-34895, 086-2209836) which are available at Mahon Point, Schull, Kinsale and Bandon’s farmers’ markets in Cork and also at the Fuchsia shop in Cork Airport.

* Eco Harvest is a new shop opened by Catriona Daunt and Willie Doherty in The Village shopping centre in Ballincollig, Co Cork. It stocks organic fruit and veg, Gubbeen meats and cheeses, wholefoods, blueberry tonic, apple juices, a wide range of olive oils, olives and other Mediterranean delicacies, fresh lavender bunches, Arun’s spice packets, Mella’s fudge and Arbutus breads. There is a large private car park out front where the market is held on Wednesdays. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 6.30pm.

* Offalydelicious — Offaly Leader is dedicated to assisting the development of local food products and has developed a support programme to meet the needs of the county’s small food producers. Brochures are available from Offaly Delicious, c/o Michelle O’Brien, Offaly Leader, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Telephone 057-9322850, email:michelle@offalyleader.ie, www.offalyleader.ie

* Sweetcorn: Vincent and Catherine O’Donovan’s roadside stall on the main Cork to Inishannon road (N71 to west Cork) is selling juicy sweetcorn for the next month or so. If you would like to order some, ring Vincent on 087-2486031.

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