A farmer market, a food court and a farmers market stall are all part of a growing trend in the Irish countryside, as people flock to buy local produce and take advantage of some of the benefits of a union.
The Irish Farmer’s Union says its members buy at farmers markets to promote community support and help local businesses.
The union’s president, Noel Kearney, said it is part of the country’s shift towards a self-reliant economy.
“Our farmers are our livelihoods, they are the backbone of our communities, so they are going to be a vital part of our future,” he said.
“There is an opportunity for everyone to take advantage.
It is up to us to take action.”
Mr Kearney said there is a lot of activity in the rural areas.
“We have a very strong farming sector, but we also have a huge amount of people who are self-employed, who are looking for work,” he told the Irish Independent.
“I don’t think there is much more self-sufficiency, self-employment or self-supporting in this country than we do.”
Farmers markets have become a common sight in Co Donegal, Co Kildare and Sligo.
“People who have a passion for food, a passion to produce, are coming to see what’s happening and what we’re doing to help people make a living,” said Mr Kearney.
“It’s very important for us to encourage that to go out into the community and get the support and support of the community.”
In some rural areas it’s very much about getting the community involved.
“But we have to look at what we can do in the next few years to help these farmers make a little bit of money.”
Mr Coomaroe said he has already received some tips about how to start a farm.
“They have a list of what’s required and where to buy.
They’ve had great support and they’re very welcoming,” he added.
Mr Kearny said the farmers market was one way people can support their local economy.
It is a place where farmers can buy local food and take part in the community, he said, adding: “There’s not a whole lot of jobs in the whole country, so it’s a very important way of getting some money into the local economy.”
He said the union would be working with other organisations to develop more farmer markets in the future.
“Farmers are part of everybody’s economy, it’s about supporting local people to make a profit,” he explained.
“The more they do that the better it will be for everyone.”
This is just a way of supporting the local community and getting some extra income out of that.
“A number of rural counties are considering the idea of developing a farmers markets, and some areas in the north and south are already doing so.