Spring for the best farmers’ markets – here’s our pick of the bunch

by Gary Ibbotson

With Lent in full swing, Easter a few weeks away and the atmosphere not sure if it should bring sunshine or torrential rain, Spring is well and truly upon us.

Our supermarkets these days are stocked to the brim 365 days of the year, so it’s easy to forget that much of our fresh fruit and veg is seasonal produce.

This essentially means that at a certain time of year, a certain fruit or vegetable is at its peak, in terms of flavour or harvest.

Fruits and vegetables that have been naturally ripened on the vine or tree and harvested at the right time, will also contain much more nutritional value.

If you’re trying to avoid goods that were mass-grown in greenhouses, sprayed with pesticides or are just generally more expensive, it’s a good idea to look out for produce that’s currently in-season.

During spring, vegetables such as aubergines, leeks and peas are in season. Fruits such as Bramley apples, grapefruits, rhubarb and lemons are now hitting their stride.

To help you find some of the freshest in-season produce money can buy, we have compiled a list of local farmer markets where you can find all of the above and more.

The Supernatural Food Market

Located at Pearse Street, Dublin 2, The Supernatural Food Market Stalls offer a range of organic and biodynamic fruits and vegetables as well as organic cheeses, olives and eggs.

This indoor market opens every Saturday from 9:30am to 3:30pm and also contains an organic butchers and fishmonger.

The Green Door Market

This popular market now calls Bluebell Business Park in Dublin 12 home.

Offering some of the best variety of fruit and veg in the city, the market conveniently open six days a week (Tuesday to Sunday) for those who live in and work in the city.

Visitors can buy top-quality produce in an inviting space while enjoying a community market experience and meeting the people who are behind their food.

People’s Park Market

Arguably one of the most famous markets in the Dublin area, Dun Laoghaire’s People’s Park Market opens every Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

Open since 1890, the market now boasts more than 50 vendors selling a variety of food stuffs such as local, seasonal produce, hot food, baked goods and arts and crafts.

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