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Farmers Markets invited to sign up to Good Code Practice

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is inviting farmers markets to apply to sign up to the Code of Good Practice for Farmers Markets. Applications may be made up to 31 March 2010.

Markets operating to this standard receive a certificate and banner which they can display to inform the public, that they are undertaking to hold markets regularly; to source a substantial proportion, ideally 50%, of local produce from the county or neighbouring counties; to accommodate seasonal and local garden/allotment produce and to comply with food safety/labelling rules and criteria on good governance.  34 markets were awarded the good practice banner in 2009.

Application should be made to Bord Bia, Clanwilliam Court Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. Further information is available at www.bordbia.ie or www.agriculture.gov.ie

Note for Editors

The markets awarded the Good Practice Standard to date are:

Mahon Point Farmers' Market
Midleton Farmers' Market
Kinsale Farmers Market
Schull Country Market
Balbriggan Fish & Farmers' Market
Ballincollig Farmers' Market
Bee Park Resource Centre
Sligo Farmers' Market
Moycullen Farmers' Market
Milltown Farmers' Market
Nenagh Farmers' Market
Coppinger Row Farmers' Market
Carrick-on-Shannon Farmers' Market
Ennis Farmers' Market
Listowel Farmers' Market
Dungarvan Farmers' Market
Kanturk Farmers' Market
Boyle Origin Farmers' Market
Coco Market - Dalkey
Coco Market - Marlay Park
Coco Market - Peoples Park, Dun Laoghaire
Ballyvaughan Farmers' Market
AbbeyFeale Market
Limerick Milk Market
Riverside Market
Naas Farmers' Market
Kilrush Farmers' Market
Carlow Farmers' Market,
Clonakilty Market,
Enniscorthy Farmers' Market,
Gorey Farmers' Market,
Wexford Town Farmers' Market,
West Street Market, Drogheda
Red Stables 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 in 2009, 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: 01 March 2010