After a walk through the enchanted forest we took the Hyundai Getz to the coast. A one-hour drive on very narrow roads led us to Kinsale, Ireland.
This quaint little town of 2,200 people reminded me of St. Anthony, Newfoundland & Labrador for the many homes on the hillsides surrounding the harbour. It was relatively quiet in November, but during the summer the population greatly increases for sailing, angling and the gourmet cuisine.
Most people dine at Fishy Fishy Cafe. It was ranked by our Frommer’s Travel guide as a place to eat. We opted to visit, however, the staff said they were not serving for another hour. We decided to walk the waterfront and visit Market Street. On our stroll we saw a sign that said “Farmer’s Market Tuesdays”. We were fortunate to be able to visit
The market had about 8 or 9 vendors (two vegetable stands with differing varieties, baked goods, coffee, ice-cream, pet-related, pizza, preserves and vegetarian. We had some delicious coffee, giving us warmth as we walked around the market. We talked to a mother and child, while we waited for our stone-baked pizza. She recommended we visit Charles Fort. We stopped for a while longer to purchase some tarts.
The Great Northern Peninsula has a significant opportunity to create an outdoor Farmer’s Market. We certainly have producers, crafters and those who could sell food services. Why are we not availing of this community-based entrepreneurial activity. We need to work together to have a good venue, with a consistent schedule to ensure that customers know we will be available to sell our wares. This market could be sustained through local patrons and propped up by the in-flux of tourists during the summer season.
If local residents are interested in establishing a Farmer’s Market, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s create something that can help our local communities become stronger and more sustainable.
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