If you've been to our stand at Midleton Farmers' Market, chances are you've met Jess Cull. We honestly don't know which is more popular: our treats or Jess. If we didn't have lemon tarts on the stand one Saturday, people might get upset. If Jess weren't there, they might riot.
"It's just great fun," she says. "People come along and tell me stories and ask about me and how I am. I feel like I've made a lot of friends, because they're interested in my life and I'm interested in theirs."
She loves talking about the food on the stand and recommending things to people. She's got to the point where she knows the preferences of the regulars who pop by the stand. "People don't even have to ask," she jokes, "I just say, 'I have it ready here for you now' and give it to them."
Thing is, while Jess likes cakes, her real passion is cheese. So much so, she goes by the name Jess.Loves.Cheese on Instagram. "I used to eat cheese when I was young, with my granddad. Cheddar. I loved it. And then I found out there were so many others. Camembert, Brie... so many," she says.
Cheese is one of her comfort foods. That and chocolate, which she says is an unbeatable combination. Therapeutic, almost. "Cheese and chocolate is my routine when I get home from work, especially after a very busy day," she says.
When she's not on the stand at Midleton Farmers' Market or working in the café, Jess is studying for her Master's degree in museum studies at UCC. "I have an interest in history and learning. And it's a way into a profession where I'd constantly be learning," she says.
Her ideal museum? You guessed it. A chocolate museum or a cheese museum, both of which exist.