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Awards for Farmers Markets Show High Quality of Irish Agri-Food - Coveney

MINISTER COVENEY AWARDS FARMERS' MARKET GOOD PRACTICE STANDARD 2011 - 2013 TO FURTHER 7 FARMERS' MARKETS IN COUNTIES CLARE, CORK, GALWAY, LONGFORD AND WEXFORD  -

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD announced this week the award of the Farmers' Market Good Practice Standard 2011-2013 to a further 7 farmers' markets in Clare, Cork, Galway, Longford and Wexford . (Details annexed). The Minister said he was delighted to see new applicants signing up to the Good Practice Standard. The Minister has already awarded 30 farmers' markets with the Good Practice Standard in April 2011.

Minister Coveney added that "Consumers are seeking a greater connection with the food they buy. Environmental concerns reflects growing interest in issues of simplicity, authenticity and heritage. People wish to sustain their own local community and markets can connect small producers with consumers in a very direct way. Also consumers enjoy the social interaction between themselves and the producer for their expertise and commitment. Many small food producers are reviving traditional recipes or coming up with new way to bring high quality fresh Irish foods to the consumer".

Farmers' Markets displaying the Good Practice Standard undertake to hold markets regularly, to stock a substantial proportion, ideally 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

 


7 markets awarded the Good Practice Standard 2011 – 2013 
Co. Clare Ennistymon Farmers’ Market
Co. Clare Killaloe Farmers’ Market
Co. Cork Blarney Farmers’ Market
Go. Galway Roundstone Country Market
Co. Galway Moycullen Country Market
Co. Longford Longford Farmers’ Market
Co. Wexford Gorey Farmers’ Market

The following 30 markets were approved in April 2011 for the Standard.

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 6 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 the 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.
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Date Released: 22 August 2011