Thirteen years old Alex Fortune from Ballyhogue has won the honour and award of being the Best Artisan Food Producer at the 11th annual All-Ireland Farmers Market Food Producers Competition held at Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, today (Sunday).
Judge Mairead Laverty of the Irish Farmer’s Journal said Alex from Fortune’s Food Farm was rewarded for his “knowledge and traceability,” and she added; “He has huge enthusiasm and a great way of dealing with the customers.”
“He is a born salesman,” she said and he was presented with a trophy and a cheque for €2,000 by Pat Roche of the Farmers’ Market.
Alex was also congratulated by Cllr Keith Doyle, on his final engagement as Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council and Minister Paul Kehoe.
Alex, who is a student at Enniscorthy CBS and plays GAA with Glynn-Barntown club has promised to give the prizemoney to his Dad, Seamus, for all the help that he gives him.
The home produce is grown on the family farm and is sold in Pettitt’s supermarkets and at farmer’s markets.
The event was very well attended in pleasant summer weather conditions and the runners-up were The Skinny Chef, with Birds and Teas from Wicklow collecting the third prize.