On Friday May 22, Bantry market joined over 2,000 markets from 16 different countries to celebrate the ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign 2015. This event is a public celebration and an opportunity for people from all ages and walks of life to celebrate their local market in their communities. Bantry market joined Macroom and Skibbereen markets in celebrating the Love Your Local Market campaign, which aims to promote and publicise markets held across the region.
Your local market can be a social meeting place and a vibrant retail experience for local people as well as a valuable tourist attraction, increasing footfall in towns to the benefit of all retailers. While big stores are drawing people out of town, farmers markets are drawing people and business back in.
Recent research has shown that every €10 spent at a farmers’ market results in a net income of €24 for the local community. It has also been estimated that the trade for other businesses increases by up to 30 per cent when a farmers’ market is run in a town.
For budding entrepreneurs, farmers markets are also a great and inexpensive way to start a business. Many well-known fabulous food and craft businesses started out with a little stall at their local market and have since gone onto bigger things.
A well-run market can revitalise an ailing high street and act as a stimulus to the local economy to the benefit of all retailers and the town as a whole. So head into bustling Bantry on any Friday and love your local market!