The old Landscaping Centre in Glenealy is enjoying a new lease of life, as home to the recently launched Cottage Market Glenealy.
Cottage Markets are the latest idea from Grow It Yourself Ireland (GIY) and they are designed to give local food producers and small businesses a place to show off and sell their products, as well as providing a nice social space for people to get together.
In Glenealy the market is held inside the half-acre glasshouse, which means that everyone stays warm and dry, whatever the weather. It also means you can see much of the produce being grown right there behind the market stalls. Young visitors are encouraged to get involved at the Kid's Garden Club, where they can sow their own veggies, watch them grow and eat the delicious results! Lily de Sylva of Cottage Market Glenealy says: 'So far, there's been brilliant support from stallholders and customers alike, and local people are delighted to see the once empty space become such a busy spot. Stalls include fresh organic fruit and veg, artisan breads and pastries, home-baked fancy cakes, pies and quiches as well as crafts and natural cosmetics, all from Wicklow businesses.'
There's also a free space for community stalls, where local charities and good causes can let people know about their projects or maybe do a little fundraising. Any local groups interested in taking part, or stallholders hoping to book a stall, can contact the organisers on (089) 2509446 or through the Cottage Market Glenealy Facebook page.
The market is open all year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday at the Landscape Centre on the main road through Glenealy village, at the Rathdrum end. There's plenty of free parking and a cafe area with great coffee, seating and toys and books to keep the little ones occupied. The Kid's Garden Club runs from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and it is free of charge and open to all kids from toddlers to ten year olds.