Close your eyes and imagine the most divine-tasting strawberry ever: sweet, juicy and loaded with tangy red-berry flavours. Well, readers, this perfectly describes the punnet of Irish strawberries that my sister-in-law picked up for me at Mahon Point Farmers' Market in Cork last Thursday. They came from Rose Cottage Fruit Farm in Co Laois, a family-run business which has been growing lots of different varieties of fruit for over 20 years. The fruit can be found in many other locations around Ireland, including farmers' markets in Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and Laois. In a few weeks, they'll have loganberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries and cherries at the markets too!
Rose Cottage Fruit Farm, Rose Cottage, Trumera, Mountrath, Co. Laois, tel: (057) 873-2666, or see rosecottagefruitfarm.ie