Sunday comes showery and changeable, so we’re off to visit a nearby Farmer’s Market. Every week we make the effort to scout these treasure troves of fresh fruit & veg, essential to a happy life in the country. Summertime means it’s possible to do at least part of our weekly shop at the seasonally busy Markets (particularly the larger gatherings in towns like Listowel, Tralee or Dingle) and they do offer a different experience than just relying on the convenience of the supermarket. Market vegetables are fresh from the ground, the bread is fresh from the oven and the eggs are fresh from the hens bottom! We like to do our little bit to shorten our food miles!
‘Little P’ can wander around and explore in a place free from busy trolleys and the temptations of the sweetie aisle. There’s plenty of local accent, lively chat, and lovely relief from the piped music and plastic packaging. It’s a great place for little ones to see what real food looks like fresh out of the soil, with all the dangly bits still on, and not dressed up all fancy-like to sit in a pretty plastic bag! It’s also a great way to avoid over buying on supermarket specials that we might not really need.
This morning we visited the villagemarket at Ardfert. Indoors at the Community Centre, stalls here offered a nice selection of local veg, a large variety of jams, delicious baked goodies and interesting craft stalls, selling handmade oilskin bags as well as other gifts. Ardfert Market is now our Little P’s favourite – not just because of the yummy cakes – but the best toddler friendly playground she’s seen is right across the road!
You can find more about your local Farmer’s Market on http://www.bordbia.ie/consumer/aboutfood/farmersmarkets/Pages/default.aspx.