My Favourite Places #4: Butlerstown Farmer’s Market
I don’t know if you know this about me, but I love farmer’s markets.
I’m sure I’ve talked about the Brickworks in Toronto or the Wolfville Farmer’s Market in Nova Scotia, where I went to university. These are the two best markets I’ve ever been to – as far as what’s sold, the level of community support and how much of my weekly shopping I can get done, these two win out for me every time.
It took me awhile to find a market in Waterford. Not that there’s any shortage of markets; just the contrary: there are so many on different days of the week and with different vendors, it’s hard to find a market where I can consistently get a lot of my weekly shopping done.
Also, I need a weekend market in my life. I don’t drive, so midweek marketing in another town is not an option. I’ve heard good things about the Thursday market in Dungarvan, but since Pat works during the week I can’t get there.
This all leads to the Butlerstown Farmer’s Market, which is this month’s favourite place!
It takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am outside the Harvey Norman on Waterford’s ring road. A consistently great bunch of vendors gather here every weekend. There’s great banter – always music playing and picnic tables set up. There’s hot food, baked goods, venison and a really talented espresso slinger on hand. Really, it’s what I was looking for in a market.
Caolan Harrington, one of the founders of the market and also a vendor, strives to make Butlerstown Farmer’s Market a one-stop shopping destination and is always on the lookout for new vendors.
I personally love the baked goods and specialty products that are on offer here. I like the fact that I can grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat before getting my veggies and meat.
Vendors include (but are not limited to):
- Crough Farm Venison
- The Hartrey Kitchen
- Anna’s Authentically Middle Eastern Hummus
- Short & Sweet
- Good Coffee
- Pure Food Company
- Carraigsagart Apples
- Trish’s Honey Products
- Breagagh Valley Artisan Meats
- Viktoria’s Handmade Soap
- Càca Milis: A Taste of Yesteryear
- Aurelia Cordials
There are always fresh, seasonal vegetables on offer, too. A great way to do your weekend shop!