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Good Practice Standard Awarded to a Further 8 Farmers' Markets

Trevor Sargent T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for Food and Horticulture this week announced the award of the Farmers' Markets Good Practice Standard to a further 8 markets in six counties, bringing to 34 the markets operating to the Standard. The Minister congratulated the markets, saying he was delighted that over thirty markets across the country reached and in some cases exceeded the voluntary good practice standard since its launch at BLOOM 2009. 

Farmers' Markets displaying the Good Practice Standard undertake to hold markets regularly; to stock a substantial proportion, ideally at least 50%, of local produce from the county or neighbouring counties; to accommodate seasonal and local garden/allotment produce as well as compliance with food safety/labelling rules and criteria on good governance.   

The Minister recalled that the Good Practice Standard had been born of criticism of a lack of common standards in markets. He said "Farmers' Markets present opportunities for growing and producing food by providing producers with a route to market and the opportunity to deal directly with consumers. The Good Practice Standard gives an assurance to customers that a substantial proportion (many cases nearly 90%) of the produce sold is locally produced and that the market has good corporate governance."

Bord Bia lists the 34 markets on its website at www.bordbia.ie   

Note for Editors

The markets awarded the Good Practice Standard in the second round are:

  1. Kilrush Farmers' Market, Kilrush, Co. Clare
  2. Carlow Farmers' Market, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow
  3. Clonakilty Market, Co. Cork
  4. Enniscorthy Farmers' Market, Co. Wexford
  5. Gorey Farmers' Market, Co. Wexford
  6. Wexford Town Farmers' Market, Co. Wexford
  7. West Street Market, Drogheda, Co. Louth
  8. Red Stables Farmers' Market, Clontarf, Co. Dublin

Background: One of the Government's commitments under the Programme for Government is to encourage more direct selling between farmers and consumers by restoring and promoting farm shops and a national network of farmers' markets and country markets. Minister Sargent established a group, representative of the main stakeholders, to examine and draw up best practice guidelines with the aim of increasing the profile and level of sales of farm produce at Farmers' Markets. The Group comprised Ms. Caroline Robinson, Market Stallholder and former Chairperson, Irish Food Market Traders Association, Ms. Jackie Spillane, CoCo Markets, Mr. JJ Kavanagh, Irish Farmers Association, Ms. Patricia Oliver, An Taisce, Mr. William Coventry, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ms. Stephanie Moe, Bord Bia and Ms. Marian Byrne, Head of Food Division, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.  

Date Released: 30 December 2009