Where better to get get some fresh, healthy and cruelty free produce than a local farmers market? Simple answer – there is none. Farmers markets are great not only do you get some amazing local grown food but all profit goes back into the local community. So it’s a win win!
Farmers Market Tips and What To Keep In Mind
1. Arrive early. Why, because the early bird gets the worm. If you leave it until lunch time most of the produce will be gone, but by coming early you have the pick of the mill.
2. Know what is in season. In Ireland we won’t have a year long supply of strawberries and the likes. So have some sort of plan when coming in. Know what you can buy and what you can cook with it at home.
3. Bargain and haggle or at the very least have a look around. Not every stall will sell everything for the same price. So if you are on a budget shop around.
4. Try new things at the market that you may not have had before. If there is any free samples TRY THEM!! If they are offering a three for the price of two make your third item something new. It’s all about testing and tasting.
5. Face to face. The great thing about farmers markets is that you are meeting the person who most likely grew the food you are about to eat – or was at least part of the process. If you have any questions about how the food was grown, how to cook it, where it comes from now is your time to ask.
6. Fresh Fresh. One of the best things you know about farmers markets is that the food is as fresh as can be. It hasn’t spent days in the back of a truck, it most likely hasn’t been sprayed with any pesticides (if in doubt ask). It has been home grown on a farm and brought to a local market …. ie farmers market. It is also a great place for new local businesses to test products out, so you might be one of the first customers for the big up and coming business.
7. Keeping it local. Every euro you put in comes back to your local community instead of to a big corporation. You are helping local families and local businesses.
8. Friendly faces. There is a chance you might already see some familiar faces or you might over time become more familiar with some people and become friends.
Some Things To Take With You
1. Bring small cash and change.
2. Basket, re-usable bag or a container.
3. Notepad – If you need to make notes of possible dishes, recipes or make some lists.
Farmers Markets in Dublin
* Dun Laoghaire People’s Park Market.
Sunday 11am – 4pm
* Hartcourt Street Farmers Market
Park Place, Station Buildings, Upper Hatch Street,
Thursday 11am – 3pm
* Leopardstown Farmers Market
Friday 10am – 3pm
* Marley Park Market
Marley Park Craft Courtyard
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
* Temple Bar Market
Meeting House Square
Saturday 9am – 5pm
* Dublin Food COOP
12 Newmarket, Dublin 8
Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm
136a Slaney Close Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin
Saturday 9.30am – 4pm