Monday, October 31, 2016

Farmers Market supplier training courses

Local food producers who sell at Farmers Markets will be interested in a Bord Bia initiative in offering training workshops.

The ‘Skills Training for Selling at Farmers’ workshops will provide practical solutions to the challenges most frequently faced by market sellers. Food producer, farmer and successful stallholder Margaret Hoctor from Kilmullen Farm, Co Wicklow will deliver the workshops.

Margaret, a regular at the Marley Park food market in Dublin, will share her own knowledge and wide experience of she developed the family business through this channel.

Bord Bia research identified over 150 food markets in Ireland, including community markets, farmers markets, lunch-time markets, weekend city markets, co-operatives and country markets. They largely share the same common aim, which is to allow producers to sell their produce directly to consumers in a traditional market environment.

The nearest to Kilcullen of the four workshops is the one at Tinakilly House in Wicklow on 16 November. A €15 charge per person applies and you must register in advance. According to Bord Bia, the workshops will provide as a refresher course for existing stall holders and a helping guide for those starting to trade at farmers’ markets. For registration and further information see or email

Pictured at the launch of the initiative at Kilruddery Food Market, Co Wicklow is the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle TD; Mary Morrissey, Senior Manager, Food and Beverages at Bord Bia; and workshop trainer Margaret Hoctor.