Postcards from Midleton Farmers Market, Co Cork


The Market Green sculpture. 5 life-size sheep surround a central pillar.

The Farmers Market in Midleton County Cork was one of the first of its kind in Ireland and ranks as one of Ireland’s best. Back  in 2000, cook of international renown Darina Allen of nearby Ballymaloe Cookery School, had the idea to showcase local good food, and so the market came about.

All stall holders produce their food locally, most of it is organic. It is always fresh and looks very tempting! Artisan bread, cakes, jams, chutney, goats cheese, mushrooms, fresh fish, vegetables of every kind, pickles, fruit, smoked fish, chocolate, coffee, milk, pork, eggs. All first-rate products and worlds apart from supermarket fare. Open on a Saturday morning up to 1 pm, it is usually very busy and there is a great atmosphere here with friends chatting, background music and playing children.

This morning was particularly blustery with a promise of a downpour any minute, so crowds had not yet arrived when I was there.

It is well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area, and quite different to many other markets in Ireland. It’s a very unique experience and a must for anyone interested in good fresh local food. 


Filed under Ireland, Living in Ireland

7 responses to “Postcards from Midleton Farmers Market, Co Cork

  1. I love Farmers’ Markets, and this looks like a fantastic one. The breads, the mushrooms ….

    • The Ballyhoura Mushrooms are certainly something …working my way through all the different kinds at the moment. And don’t mention bread… my big weakness in life!

      • Mine too. I have started baking sourdough. On the plus side, it’s better for me (no bloating), but of course the negative is that it’s quite nice really and rather moreish.

  2. randypowell2013

    Wonderful photos and all of a blustery day. Wish I could have been there.

  3. Oh, I want to jump on a plane right now! Your photos are perfect for showing the range and variety of wonderful products!

  4. Leith

    Thanks for the visual and (virtually olfactory!) feast, Angela.
    Wonderful to see sheep celebrated.
    Welcome home!

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