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Manx food industry gearing up for the show season 10 July 2007

Agriculture Minister, Phil Gawne is impressed by the Manx food industries preparations for this year’s agricultural shows on the Island. The Minister said “Increasingly the public are taking a greater interest in their food, and basing their purchasing decision on quality and freshness and increasingly on trust in the producer, plus the impacts on the environment, such as food miles.”

He continued “Next Saturday 7th July is the launch of the first fully accredited Farmers Markets at the Villa Marina Colonnade, which will help Douglas food buyers to fill their shopping bags with fresh and tasty Manx food, which is guaranteed to be locally produced.”

The Department and Manx farmers are also gearing up for the Island’s Agricultural shows, which are a fantastic way to showcase and promote local food to the public.

Last year the Department incorporated the Manx Produce Courtyard into its presence at both shows. This was a resounding success and visitors to the show pack the Courtyard for the duration of the shows.

Stallholders struggled to keep up with demand, and several stallholders had to restock more than once. This year, the Manx Produce Courtyard will be renamed “Farmers’ Market” to recognise the Isle of Man Farmers’ Market Committee’s work in establishing Farmers’ Markets on the Island.

This Market will be for accredited stall holders only, to ensure fresh and tasty local food. In addition there will be a “Look and Cook” tent with chefs cooking Manx food directly from the Farmers’ Market. This will give the public an opportunity to see how our tasty products can best be cooked.

The Minister will open the Look and Cook tent each day at 12.30 p.m.

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