Plastic-free market comes to Cork Harbour

Plastic-free market comes to Cork Harbour
Shirley Mee, Marcia D’Alton, Asumpta Lydon and Linda O’Callaghan at the plastic free Farmers Market in Fr. O’Flynn park at Passage West. Picture Dan Linehan

One of the countries first plastic-free markets has set up shop in Passage West and is doing big business in the harbour town.

An estimated 300 people turned up at Fr O’Flynn park in recent days to eat, drink and socialise in the brand new ethically sustainable market.

Áine O’Leary with Catherine Hennessy at the Baking Emporium stand at the Farmers market in Fr. O’Flynn park at Passage. Picture Dan Linehan
Áine O’Leary with Catherine Hennessy at the Baking Emporium stand at the Farmers market in Fr. O’Flynn park at Passage. Picture Dan Linehan

The market, which was established two weeks ago, has been sold out of produce and stock by 2pm each week, with traders inundated with customers for good coffee, hot sandwiches and local art and music.

Ms D’Alton said the market was bringing a much-needed buzz to Passage West and said that she hoped the added incentive to get out and about in the harbour town would lead to increased business in the town centre.

Clodagh Quirke busking at the Farmers market in Fr. O’Flynn park at Passage. Picture Dan Linehan
Clodagh Quirke busking at the Farmers market in Fr. O’Flynn park at Passage. Picture Dan Linehan

“We want to use the market to bring locals and visitors to the town centre for spin-off business.” Speaking about how things were going so far, Ms D’Alton said they couldn’t be going better.

“The weather has been idyllic, the first week was a bit windy, but Easter Saturday was perfect” 

Ms D’Alton said that the coffee stall had a large queue from opening time at 10am and on the first week had completely sold out of supplies by 12pm.

Ann Quirke, Michael Dunlea, Jackie O’Connell, Amyer, Issra and Asmaa Al Hassan at the Farmers Market in Fr. O’Flynn Park at Passage. Picture Dan Linehan
Ann Quirke, Michael Dunlea, Jackie O’Connell, Amyer, Issra and Asmaa Al Hassan at the Farmers Market in Fr. O’Flynn Park at Passage. Picture Dan Linehan

“There is a huge thirst for good coffee in Passage West, the town is crying out for a local coffee shop,” Ms D’Alton said.

The market is also running two guest stall spots for any local traders who would like to test out the market with a product.

Local Councillor Marcia D’Alton, who was involved in the setting up of the market, said the idea was to give traders an opportunity to establish themselves without additional costs.

For any traders who would like to showcase their crafts, ware, or produce, they can apply for a four-week trial stall at the market by sending a message to their Facebook page: 'Passage West Market'.

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