BALBRIGGAN FISH AND FARMERS’ MARKET TO GO INDOORS FOR WINTER – SECOND WEEK IN OCTOBER 2011

Customers and stallholders thank Michael for his work for Balbriggan Market 14.10.11

Friday 14th October was the week when most stallholders said ‘that’s it, colder weather will mean less customers’, and in my case, less fruit and vegetables. Time to find an indoor venue and come back to George’s Square in the Spring’. Paul Baxter and his local fresh fish stall can hopefully continue on the Square as Winter means more fish being caught, so I look forward to buying some fish there each Friday through the Winter. However, with less fresh produce otherwise and only hardy customers, the other stalls could not remain viable in the colder weather unfortunately. We will have an outdoor Christmas Market, however, as we did last year, where I dispensed hot (non -alcoholic) seasonal punch, ho, ho, ho!

Meanwhile, we marked the conclusion of the outdoor season with a presentation to the Market Manager, Michael Grimes, who has been first up on the Square in Balbriggan and last to leave each week, setting up gazeboes, arranging electricity supplies for fridges, providing music and clearing up spillages etc, week in week out in all weathers. Michael also keeps the market well advertised while paying our bills and keeping us in the black financially. With all this in mind, the stallholders clubbed together and put a thank you card and hamper together. This was kindly presented by Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Cllr. Gráinne Maguire (see picture). Let us all now hope that Michael can locate a suitable indoor location so this weekly award winning Market can continue throughout the Winter – this will all depend on the level of community support , of course! See you there, as we did on the Square.

Harvesting the last apples in Sonairte’s organic walled garden, Laytown, for Balbriggan Fish & Farmers Mkt., 13.10.11
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