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Minister Coveney Awards Farmers Market Good Practice Standard 2011-2012 to 30 Farmers Markets and Invites Further Applications by 24th May 2011

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD announced this week the award of the Farmers' Market Good Practice Standard 2011-2012 to 30 farmers markets. (Details annexed). The Minister said he was delighted to see the interest in the Standard. His Department and Bord Bia would welcome further applications up to 24th May. Application forms are available on websites http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/agri-foodindustry/farmersmarkets/ and http://www.bordbia.ie/aboutfood/farmersmarkets and may also be obtained from the Department's Food Industry Development Division.

Minister Coveney added that "There is a growing consumer demand for healthy foods that are locally produced. Research by Bord Bia shows that local food is now seen as food that is not mass-produced but is about small-scale production and hand-made produce. People wish to sustain their own local community and markets can connect small producers with consumers in a very direct way. Local food systems and farmers markets support the economy. We have a long tradition in Ireland of producing high quality safe food. Many small food producers and food entrepreneurs engaged in farmers markets draw on that heritage to revive or re-invent local traditions".

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 and to promote compliance with food safety/labelling rules. Details of where and when farmers markets and country markets are held are listed on the Bord Bia website http://www.bordbia.ie/aboutfood/farmersmarkets

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Annex

30 markets awarded the Good Practice Standard 2011 - 2012

Co. Clare Ballyvaughan Farmers' Market

Co. Clare

Ennis Farmers' Market

Co. Clare

Kilrush Farmers' Market

Co. Cork

Ballincollig Farmers' Market

Co. Cork

Clonakilty Market

Co. Cork

IRD Duhallow Farmers' Market, Kanturk

Co. Cork

Kinsale Farmers' Market

Co. Cork

Midleton Farmers' Market

Co. Cork

Schull Country Market

Co. Dublin

Balbriggan Fish and Farmers' Market

Co. Dublin

Coppinger Row Market

Co. Dublin

Dun Laoghaire Organic Market

Co. Dublin

Honest2Goodness Indoor Farmers' Market, Glasnevin

Co. Dublin

Malahide Village Market

Co. Dublin

Marley Park CoCo Market

Co. Dublin

Peoples Park CoCo Market

Co. Dublin

Red Stables Market Clontarf

Co. Kerry

Listowel Farmers' Market

Co. Kerry

Milltown Farmers' Market

Co. Kildare

Naas Farmers' Market

Co. Leitrim

Manorhamilton Farmers' Market (Bee Park)

Co. Leitrim

The Market Yard Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon

Co. Limerick

Abbeyfeale Farmers' Market

Co. Limerick

Limerick Milk Market

Co. Louth

West St. Farmers' Market, Drogheda

Co. Meath

Navan Town Centre Market

Co. Roscommon

Boyle Farmers' Market

Co. Tipperary

Nenagh Farmers' Market

Co. Waterford

Dungarvan Farmers' Market

Co. Waterford

Lismore Farmers' Market

The following six markets were approved in 2010 for the Standard 

6 Markets with Good Practice Standard 2010 - 2011

 Co. Cork

Mahon Point, Cork

 Co. Galway 

Kinvara Farmers' Market

 Co. Kerry

Dingle Farm Produce & Craft Market

 Co. Longford

Longford Farmers' Market

 Co. Mayo

Margadh Feirmeoirí Iorrais (Erris Farmers' Market) Belmullet

 Co. Monaghan

Monaghan Farmers' Market

 Note for Editors

  • The Good Practice Standard was launched at BLOOM 2009. It is a voluntary standard and all farmers' markets operating in the State are eligible to apply. A non-refundable application fee of €50 per market applies. 
  • The Good Practice Standard is intended only as the minimum eligibility criteria.  Market management may apply stricter criteria.
  • Following successful application, a certificate and banner will be awarded to markets demonstrating on-going compliance with listed criteria. The banner is displayed in a public place at the market location. 

Date Released: 27 April 2011