If you have been following the Clodagh McKenna TV cookery series on RTÉ 1, then you’ll probably want to try for yourself some of the delights a Farmer’s Market has to offer: fresh, delicious food direct from the producer. Here in Roscommon, we are well served by an excellent Farmer’s Market every Friday morning from 10 am until 2 pm. Held right in the town centre, tucked away beside Gleeson’s Townhouse, the market is a fascinating assortment of exclusive home grown, hand made and organic produce. If you’re still not sure exactly where it is, find the Bank of Ireland in Market Square (which is difficult to miss!) and look for the banners and signs across the road from there. Although the market is only six months old, it already has a loyal following of regular shoppers, most of whom know to get there early to snap up fresh salad leaves picked that morning, new laid free range organic eggs and freshly baked craftsman-made breads and cakes before they sell out. Another selection of customers come at lunchtime to eat a freshly prepared home made organic burger or sausage, or soup, stew or other delicacy for their lunch. Biscuits, cakes, other snacks and Fairtrade tea and coffee are available too – just come and sit in our covered yard and spend a while soaking up the friendly atmosphere – and often, live music performances. Farmer’s Market Gift Vouchers, which can be spent at any of the stalls, make a thoughtful gift for someone’s birthday, anniversary or special occasion. These are available at the Market, or at other times at Gleeson’s Townhouse, in € € 10, € € 20 or € € 50 denominations. Look out for our special events throughout the coming months when there will be fun activities and competitions to entice you through the gates! And if you can’t be there on time, we are planning an ordering scheme whereby you can pick up a box of pre-ordered produce later in the day – details of this scheme will be published soon. Meanwhile, we have a core of regular stallholders who have been with us since the start of the market and there are new ones joining all the time. We now have locally grown fruit and vegetables, potted herbs and plants, home made jam and marmalade, organic free range eggs, beans and pulses, bottled Irish fruit juices, farmhouse ice cream and fruit sorbets, organic yoghurt and soft cheese dairy products, organic meat and poultry, fresh fish from County Donegal, organic cheese, home baked cakes and pies, artisan baked specialty breads, and a huge selection of organic fruit and vegetables from around the world. So, if you care about where your food comes from and want to know what goes into it, and if you care about the environment and would like to reduce your carbon footprint (local produce takes fewer miles to get to you), and if you would like to help support the local economy, then come along to Roscommon Farmer’s Market on a Friday morning – you won’t be disappointed!