It had been thought that the sad passing of Peter Crowley, who had been the main driving force behind the setting up of a Farmer’s Market in Bandon, would result in the plan being shelved. However, I was thrilled to read in the current edition of the Bandon Opinion that the organizing committee have not given up and Peter’s daughter is now involved.
The plan is for the market to take place in the Mace Carpark in the middle of town. The first one will be on Saturday April 1st and will run on the first Saturday of every month up to and including September.
This is genuinely a great leap forward for Bandon. As a historical centre of food production for centuries with very productive agricultural land in the area and as a market town, it is only right and proper that we should celebrate Bandon’s local food producers and provide them with the opportunity to sell directly to the public.
I am convinced that Farmer’s Markets do not reduce revenue for local businesses, rather they increase business due to the larger number of customers attracted to the town who might otherwise go to Clon or Cork.
Now all we need is for someone to open a micro-brewery and I’ll be a very happy man.
For those of you wondering where the Mace Car Park is, follow this link to Microsoft Windows Live Local. I was very surprised to discover that Microsoft Maps is far superior to Google Maps for rural Ireland.
Note that this is the first of the duplicate posts which I will be generating, the next one will have the same content but in a structured format. Feedback and questions on this are all welcome.
[tags]Farmers Market, Bandon, Peter Crowley, Mace[/tags]