Want to run a 'Cottage Market' in
groups are being invited to apply for start-up
funding to set up a 'Cottage Market' in their areas.
The Grow It Yourself (GIY) organisation has just
launched a €65,000 fund with a view to getting 20
markets up-and-running nationwide this year.
The aim is to get home-grown vegetables and fruit;
home-made food; baking and crafts back on the table.
A Cottage Market differs from a Farmers' Market in
that it is "all about bringing hobbyists and amateur
producers from a local area together to showcase
their often hidden skills and talents in areas such
growing, sewing or baking," GIY said.
Grow It Yourself (GIY) founder
Michael Kelly and community manager Karen O’Donohoe
pictured at the launch of the new Cottage Market
The national roll-out
follows a successful pilot phase in Drogheda,
Ladysbridge and Headford.
Organisers of any new market in Inishowen or
elsewhere, will take part in training to help ensure
their market is a long-lasting success.
Social enterprise, marketing, finance and food
experts will deliver advice in key areas such as how
to set up and run a viable market; how to grow food
for the market and how to successfully advertise the
The GIY grants are being made available in
association with The Ireland Funds and Ulster Bank.
GIY community manager Karen O’Donohoe said: “The
Cottage Market is a simple but fresh take on
community-led markets in villages, towns and cities
all over Ireland. We know that this initiative for
Cottage Markets across Ireland can be hugely
The deadline for applications is March 3, 2017 and
the 20 successful applicants will be selected by
March 10. Training will take place on March 25th.
Apply online at