Mayo’s food and drink producers invited to join Farmers’ Market skills training workshops

Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Margaret Hoctor, Kilcullen Farm, Wicklow, and Mary Morrissey, senior manager food and beverage at Bord Bia at the launch of the Bord Bia Farmers Market training events.  Photo: Fennells.

Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Margaret Hoctor, Kilcullen Farm, Wicklow, and Mary Morrissey, senior manager food and beverage at Bord Bia at the launch of the Bord Bia Farmers Market training events. Photo: Fennells.

Bord Bia is to host a series of Farmers’ Market skills training workshops around the country this November to support new and existing members of the food market network. The ‘Skills Training for Selling at Farmers’ workshops, specifically designed by Bord Bia, will provide practical solutions to the challenges most frequently faced by market sellers.

Local food producer, farmer, and successful stallholder Margaret Hoctor from Kilmullen Farm will deliver the workshops. Ms Hoctor, a regular at the Marley Park food market in Dublin, will share her own knowledge and wide experience of how she developed the family business through this channel.

Food and Farmers' Markets have experienced considerable growth in recent years. Bord Bia research (2014 ) identified more than 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.

Bord Bia is planning four practical and interactive half day workshops starting with one taking place in Galway in the Hotel Meyrick on Tuesday November 15, the closest one for those in Mayo interested. 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.

Numbers are limited, so interested parties are encouraged to register now to avoid disappointment. For registration and further information see www.bordbia.ie/FarmersMarketsTraining or email [email protected].

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