GIY is all about reconnecting people with real food through growing, cooking and eating locally and seasonally. We love finding new ways to put homegrown, and homemade, back in the heart of communities.
When Karen, the GIY Ladysbridge Local Champion and GIY Community Manager, came up with the idea of The Cottage Market, we were only delighted to take it on as one of our community initiatives.
Like GIY Groups, and Irish communities, Cottage Markets are all about the people in them. Each market is unique because they are a reflection of the community they are in. The skills, talents, and personalities of the people who contribute create The Cottage Market. The growers, crafters and jewellers, the carvers, cooks and knitters in your local area are all welcome to join the Cottage Market Crew!
Our big news is we have now got some serious support and funding from The Ireland Funds and the Ulster Bank Skills and Opportunities Fund. That means we can help at least another 20 communities across the island of Ireland set up their own Cottage Market!
For more information on applying to start your own Cottage Market with our support click here.