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New Farmers Market in Cavan Town opened by Minister Smith

Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food officially opened the new farmers market in the Town Hall Carpark in Cavan today, Friday 25th June. The market is scheduled to take place each Friday from 10am to 2pm in the Town Hall carpark.

Speaking at the opening, the Minister paid tribute to Cavan Co Council for its foresight in encouraging a farmers market as part of their strategy for the development of tourism and local agriculture. "Cavan has a tradition of good food and pride in local food production.  In many towns and at festivals Farmers Markets have been proven to be a good route to market, particularly for small producers who can develop a business without having to invest a lot of capital up front.  They are also an enjoyable way for locals and visitors to share fresh local food and experience and to return for more.  Research from Bord Bia has shown that it's not just the local producers and stallholders that benefit. Markets bring increased footfall which benefits all traders, in many cases business in the surrounding area can be up 10%".

Minister Smith also referred to the Code of Good Practice for Farmers Markets developed by his Department to increase consumer awareness of Farmers Markets and what they stand for. The next call for applications will issue in the early autumn.  Markets signed up to the Code and displaying the Banner have an established record of trading; they commit to providing a good range of food produce and to sourcing at least 50% of products from the county or neighbouring counties. "I look forward to regular visits to the Cavan Farmers Market and in particular to returning officially to raise the Good Practice Banner".

Date Released: 25 June 2010