We all love a good farmer’s market, where we can pick up a few bits and bobs from independent businesses. For those who love to shop local, it’s a great way to find new products and suppliers – and not to mention, a great day out. We’ve found some Irish markets that are open year-round, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for, no matter the season.
Find the Best of Irish Produce at these Farmer’s Markets
Killruddery Farm Market, Wicklow
Killruddery House and Gardens is one of County Wicklow’s most charming and exquisite spots. The stunning 800-acre estate is home to the 17th century house and gardens, which are fabulous to explore in the warmer seasons.
Although the gardens closed for the winter, Killruddery’s weekly Farm Market continues to impress from 10am until 4pm every Saturday. It hosts a range of fantastic stalls and products, from tasty food to gorgeous clothing, art, jewellery and skincare. This is the perfect spot for those looking for gift ideas, or just to treat yourself – you’ve earned it!
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Farmer’s Market at Airfield Estate, Dublin
The Farmer’s Market at Airfield Estate is the foodie’s dream, with lots of fresh and organic Irish produce to choose from. The estate is home to Dublin’s only working farm and gardens, and is committed to growing environmentally sustainable produce. These values are reflected in the weekly market, where you can pick up some gorgeous local finds to take home with you.
The market is open every Friday and Saturday from 9am until 2:30pm, with plenty of stalls to help you find what you’re looking for. From locally grown fruit and veg to breads, pastries, meats and more, the market has lots to offer. Head in and experience all the local flavours on offer.
St. George’s Market, Belfast
If you’re up north, St. George’s Market in Belfast is one you just can’t miss. The market offers the very best of Belfast’s produce, as well as unique gifts and souvenirs. There’s always a good buzz around the market, with performances from some of the best local musicians.
St. George’s Market is open three days a week – with the Friday Variety Market (8am-2pm), Saturday City Food, Craft and Garden Market (9am-3pm) and the Sunday Food, Craft and Antique Market (10am-3pm). Whatever it is you’re looking for, this one’s great for a weekend browse.
Dungarvan Farmer’s Market, Waterford
The Dungarvan Farmer’s Market is another one well worth the visit, open every Thursday from 9am until 2pm. With a vibrant variety of quality produce including fish, organic fruit and veg, cheeses, meats and more, you’re sure to find some tasty bits to fill the presses.
Stop off for something to eat while you shop, with plenty of food stalls to keep you from going hungry. Whether it’s a hearty burger or a delicious gourmet crêpe, there’ll be something to keep you going through the day.
English Market, Cork
One of the country’s most popular markets is the English Market in Cork, and it’s easy to see why. This vibrant indoor market is filled with fabulous stalls offering all kinds of goodies. Whether you’re after some delicious produce, novelty items, clothing, art or gifts, you’ll find it all here.
The market has been serving the people of Cork for centuries, having opened in 1788. It’s so iconic that Queen Elizabeth II even stopped by during her visit to Ireland in May 2011. Head to the English Market and take in all that Cork has to offer.