This weekend was a busy one for me. I visited two markets in Sligo. The first one was on Saturday morning at Beltra. As the saying goes: Buy Local. Buy Irish. Buy Well. When you buy from a local market you are supporting local people and also buying fresh produce and unique art and crafts.
I go to Beltra Market most weeks, it’s on from 10am-12 noon. There are usually different workshops or events taking place, last Saturday Irish TV were there filming and there was a Country Markets book launch, as well as music and a wooly workshop.
It’s also totally acceptable to have cake for breakfast…they have a great tea room there and even if you don’t know anyone there is always a warm welcome. If you are interested in finding out more about Country Markets and how they work you can click here.
Next Saturday at the market there will be live music for St. Patrick’s Day and a Mother’s Day gift workshop so do pop along you’d be very welcome. The rest of my photos from Saturday are here.
On Sunday Lucy and I went to the Strandhill People’s Market. Lucy has done a cracking blog about it which you can read here.
The Strandhill People’s Market is a buzzing, busy place with all kinds of things to tempt you. It’s a treasure trove for crafts and gifts…not to mention the food!
There was something to suit everyone. From bee pollen to bird pictures and paella to potatoes, you’ll find it all at the Strandhill People’s Market.
There is live music from the busker’s corner. This little girl was dancing away, bless her.
I got some seed potatoes from the lovely Ellie from Trimilawn Farm Herbs. I tried growing potatoes last year (not Ellie’s ones) and failed miserably, so Ellie told me what to do and where I went wrong – with my two-inch deep vegetable patch – so I’m going to try again using a bucket this time.
I also got a fab carrot cake muffin…the nicest carrot cake I think I’ve ever had! And there’s sushi from the fabulous Sushi Sisters.
As usual I took lots more photos which are over on the Facebook blog page.
What I like about all the Sligo markets, (there is also the Sligo Farmer’s Market, Rathcormac Market – both on Saturdays and the Sligo Flea Market which is held on different dates throughout the year), is the great community spirit, everyone is friendly, there’s always someone to have a chat or a cuppa with and all have a feel good factor. I’m looking forward to many more visits to the Sligo markets this year.