Restored at enormous cost in the early 1990s, the Milk Market makes for a beautiful setting for one of Ireland’s foremost Farmer’s Market. . Limerick’s Farmers market has grown in stature in recent years. A favourite among food writers and public alike, no visit to Limerick is complete without a visit to the market. Sample the culinary delights of Ireland with Irish cheeses, fish, seaweeds, sausages, jams, chutneys, breads and fresh pressed apple juice. Set amongst the colour and fragrance of traditional Irish and organic farm produce, vibrant plants and fresh flowers, you will also discover olives, salamis, chocolates, coffee, pastries, ice creams and crepes that rival anything available at continental markets! This market is rated as one of the busiest and most successful farmer’s market in Ireland.
Farmers markets have seen a major revival over the last number of years in Ireland. The quality of produce on offer is a major attraction to the market. However a large part of the attraction is the banter between buyer and seller. For a lot of visitors, the market is as much a social experience than a commercial one. Most stallholders will hold up queues for their produce to catch up with old acquaintances and make new ones. The market has an atmosphere and magic all of it’s own. Many people attribute the early farmers’ markets with there mixture of business and pleasure as a having a large influence on the Irish way of doing business in the centuries that followed.
In the old market buildings which surround the market proper, a wider selection of goods are available, including clothing and books. These outlets are generally open six days a week so there is always a reason to visit.