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Minister of State Sargent awards good practice standard to 26 Farmers' Market

Mr. Trevor Sargent T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for Food and Horticulture this weekend announced the award of the Farmers' Markets Good Practice Standard to 26 markets across the country in the first round of applications. The Minister congratulated the 26 markets saying he was delighted that over a quarter of markets across the country reached and in some cases exceeded the good practice standard.

A sample of 4 of the markets are being visited by Minister Sargent over the weekend (Balbriggan Fish and Farmers Market on Friday; Nenagh Farmers' Market and Naas Farmers' Market on Saturday and the Coco Market, Dun Laoghaire on Sunday).

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 that "the Good Practice Standard would give consumers more confidence in what local food markets stood for and provide producers with a good route to market and opportunity to deal directly with consumers.  It is also a very good promotional tool for the market itself. Bord Bia will denote such markets on its website and Good Food Ireland has also expressed interest in including the good practice markets in its guides".

Minister Sargent also said "at a time when some tension and problems exist in supplier/retailer relationships, the option of finding innovative routes to market needs to be examined and if feasible availed of", Farmers' Markets also present opportunities for entrepreneurs looking for new opportunities in growing and producing food.

Bord Bia is inviting a further round of applications and the Minister said he hoped that more markets will have reached the Standard and will now apply.

The markets awarded the Good Practice Standard are:

 1.  Mahon Point Farmers' Market 
 2.  Midleton Farmers' Market
 3.  Kinsale Farmers Market
 4.  Schull Country Market
 5.  Balbriggan Fish & Farmers' Market
 6.  Ballincollig Farmers' Market
 7.  Bee Park Resource Centre
 8.  Sligo Farmers' Market
 9.  Moycullen Farmers' Market
 10.  Milltown Farmers' Market
 11.  Nenagh Farmers' Market
 12.  Coppinger Row Farmers' Market
 13.  Carrick-on-Shannon Farmers' Market
 14.  Ennis Farmers' Market
 15.  Listowel Farmers' Market
 16.  Dungarvan Farmers' Market
 17.  Kanturk Farmers' Market
 18.  Boyle Origin Farmers' Market
 19.  Coco Market - Dalkey
 20.  Coco Market - Marlay Park
 21.  Coco Market - Peoples Park, Dun Laoghaire
 22.  Ballyvaughan Farmers' Market
 23.  AbbeyFeale Market
 24.  Limerick Milk Market
 25.  Riverside Market
 26.  Naas Farmers' Market

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.

Minister Sargent is visiting a sample of the markets awarded the Standard:

Friday 23rd October 12 noon: Balbriggan Fish and Farmers' Market

Saturday 24th October 10am Nenagh Farmers' Market; 1pm Naas Farmers' Market;

Sunday 2pm Coco Market Dun Laoghaire

Date Released: 22 October 2009