It all started in Cork, by Karen O’Donohoe. Karen begged, borrowed and, well you know yourself, ‘procured’ tables, bunting, a hot water dispenser and all the other bits and pieces you’d need to set-up a market. Lydia drew the logo, Alissa photo shopped it, Helen helped with the marketing and whilst lots of people thought Karen was bonkers, more knew it but supported her regardless. Karen put the word out to growers, bakers, knitters and carvers from in and around the village, invited everyone she knew and even more that she didn’t and on Sunday 29th June 2014 the first Cottage Market was held in Ladysbridge, Co. Cork.
Today it is part of GIY’s #FoodEmpathy Revolution by putting homemade and homegrown food back in the heart of communities.
Our website, designed by the ever patient and creative Glen McArdle of Fairways Design is a big first step in sharing GIY’s Cottage Market concept with the wider world. We look forward to adding ever more markets to it and showing just how much hidden talent lies in the small towns and villages across Ireland.
GIY started with one meeting in Waterford in 2008 and today it is a successful social enterprise with a dynamic, proactive and change making community of over 150,000 people and 6000 food growing projects. Now we have seventeen Cottage Markets and a passionate commitment to increasing that number a hundredfold over the next year.
The Cottage Market is a good thing from which more good things happen. Watch this space, enjoy our website and if you fancy becoming a Cottage Marketeer then please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.