Small Irish Food and drinks producers often begin trading at local farmers' markets and the effect that such markets have in any start-up company’s development cannot be underestimated.
Farmers’ Markets allow a company to develop a loyal customer base in their local community, to gather valuable feedback on their products as well as suggestions for new products; they are also essential in guaranteeing regular cash flow for small businesses which is all the more important in the current climate.
Food and Farmers' Markets have experienced considerable growth in recent years, growing from fewer than 100 markets in 2006 to almost 150 currently in operation. Irish consumers have always placed great importance on sourcing food locally and recent research indicates that seven out of 10 adults consider buying local produce to be important when they are shopping for food. More importantly Food and Farmers Markets provide an opportunity for local producers to sell their produce directly to local consumers.
This 'Guide to Food Markets in Ireland' is a practical tool for market managers and stall holders designed to assist them in meeting the changing needs of the consumer. The guide highlights the evolving food market models in Ireland, advises those involved how to set up and manage a market based on best practice, and reviews future market trends
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A guide with information to assist growers, producers and other food entrepreneurs who wish to sell through Farmers’ Markets, Farm Shops and Box Schemes in Ireland. Download Now...
The Code of Good Practice for Farmers’ Markets was launched in June 2009; There are currently 36 markets in Ireland which successfully meet the criteria for the code.These markets have been announced by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food following four waves of assessment from 2009 to 2011. All of these markets are identified by this symbol on the farmers' market listing.
Participation in the code is voluntary and is denoted by a certificate and a banner, which markets must display if their application is successful. Further information on the Code of Good Practice and the application form can be downloaded below.