This week we are bringing you four farmers’ markets to know in and around Dublin:
People’s Park Market, Dun Laoghaire
Every Sunday morning come rain, sunshine, hail or combination of the above, farmers and food vendors take over People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. Here you will find the freshest organically gown fruit and vegetables from the surrounding counties, butchers, catch of the day and a selection of local arts and crafts.
The variety of fresh produce on offer will get the mind and the taste buds racing of any aspiring cook! For coffee lovers there is freshly brewed coffee and for the healthy minded a smoothie stand selling fresh juices, tropical smoothies and wheatgrass shots! Come midday the market is bustling with people strolling throw the park, eyeing up lunch options. Freshly cooked falafel with hummus and tabbouleh, green Thai chicken curry, Dave’s wood-fried oven pizza, chorizo sandwiches are just some of the delicious options on offer. It is impossible to pick the best one, you will just have to visit the market to find your favourite.
On your way out stock up on the freshly baked cinnamon bread sticks from One in the Oven. Afterwards enjoy a leisurely stroll down the East Pier in the Dun Laoghaire marina or down the strand in Sandycove.
Sunday 11am until 4pm
Killruddery Farmers Market, co Wicklow
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the little sugarloaf, Killruddery House and Gardens operates a busy schedule of events from May to October, and a weekly farmers market every Saturday. Set in an old stable block, the market is half outside half inside with ample seating to sample some of the markets rather delicious food offerings. There is a fantastic range of food, handmade crafts and local produce available and offers a chance to find that unique gift for someone special. It is extremely family friendly, and welcoming with an overall atmosphere that buzzes with activity. I spoke to two stall holders who both have their businesses based in Wicklow. Olive from the Birds and the Teas, whose range of jams chutneys and marmalades has to be witnessed to be believed, who has been coming to the market for two years. Also, Hazel from Witch Hazel Skincare, who had a fabulous smelling range of skincare products who has also been coming for two years. Both of these companies use 100% natural ingredients and their products are homemade. This to me is why I return again and again to Killruddery, they promote local business and the quality of the produce is exceptional.
Read full review of Killrudderry House and Gardens
Saturday 10am until 4pm
by Jane Clare
The Red Stables Food Market, Dublin 5
The Red Stables Food Market is located between the Red Stables and the Rose Garden in St. Anne’s Park. This lovely weekly farmer’s market operates every Saturday from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm.
It has built a reputation as one of the best Markets in Dublin with the highest quality of foods on offer. The Red Stable Market’s focus is on quality organic, artisan and seasonal foods of the highest standards. It’s a place where you can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, hot and cold foods -Lebanese, French crepes, jams, olives, cakes, breads, burgers, butchers and ice cream to name a few. It also has fresh flowers and artisan stalls with paintings, beautiful local photography, jewellery, scarves and ceramic decorations. A merry-go-round is always a hit with the little ones.
Read full review of the St. Anne’s Park
Saturday 9am until 5pm
by Sylwia Rusak
Marlay Park Artisan Food Market, Dublin 16
A sunny weekend morning spent in the park is fantastic when you have small kids. A sunny weekend morning spent in a park with an artisan food market in full swing is even better. Sunshine, space for little legs to race around and gourmet sausage sandwiches – what’s not to like?
The Artisan Food Market sets up camp each and every weekend morning in the wonderful Marlay Park. A brief inventory of the stalls selling their wares includes The Corner Bakery, Armelle’s Kitchen, Chilli Chilli Bang Bang, Rocking Rolls, Dave’s Pizza and Twisted Potato Chips to name a few. The longest and most consistent queue was for the coffee stall, as parents sought their caffeine fix.
It is also touted as a Farmers Market but I think the Artisan Food market label is a better fit. Farmers Market conjures up images of vegetable stands, fruit sellers and other earthy produce. Yes, there were a few of those but the overwhelming majority of stalls were selling food to be eaten there and then.
My daughter and I shared a gourmet sausage torpedo roll with crispy onions, my husband had a coffee and we rounded it off with the intriguing twisted potato chip. And no trip to a market would be complete (in my family at least) without some goodies for later, so we indulged in brownies from The Corner Bakery.
I am sure if the sun wasn’t shining, it wouldn’t have been as pleasant an outing but if the weather is fine, you would be hard pressed to find a better setting for a family trip to enjoy some fresh air, exercise and tasty food. My five year old enjoyed herself running around with her little brother so much she didn’t mind that we never made it to the playground.
Saturdays 10 am-4 pm and Sundays 11 am – 4 pm
by Deirdre Reidy