Transition Towns Donabate Portrane is a not for profit voluntary and local organisation, part of the National and International Transition Towns Network. Our core purpose is to mobilise and facilitate community action in order to respond effectively and positively to peak oil and climate change through the building of local resilience with local community solutions and networks.
TTDP Market Update
As we head into the summer, our Food and Craft Market has rolled up to its usual spot for the coming season at the Parish Hallin the centre of Donabate village. As we build up the market again (and await the arrival of weather delayed Irish veg!) we have some new stalls preparing to come on board. We also have other areas we are keen to develop.
Our hot food trader has been poached by a not-so-far away market in a fishing port just past Sutton. This leaves a great opportunity for a local hot foot seller to ply their trade at the market. There is great demand for hot snacks and our customers tell us that this makes their market experience all the better. The trader needs their own equipment and to be HSE approved for what they do. Examples of products we know customers would snaffle up are:
Freshly cooked sausages, burgers, crepes, falafels, hot dogs, meat skewers.
We’re getting hungry just listing them off.
The Market is between 10.30 and 3pm each Saturday
And here is the fancy new poster that proves it. We hope the return of this great local initiative grabs your attention!
After what seemed like several Januaries in a row, we are finally emerging into Spring and just possibly, some warmer weather. About time too, because we at Transition Towns Donabate Portrane are chuffed to announce our Food and Craft Market returns on April 27th for the third year. Started in 2011 as an initiative to encourage a stronger local economy, the Market has given the stallholders a central place in the community to offer their produce. Some of them have availed of training and support from TTDP to start up small businesses. Others were up and running anyway and have joined us to provide a wide range of market stalls.
Although our core market is quality food items such as artisan bread, jams, cakes, chutneys, fish, eggs, cheese, fruit and vegetables we have also given a platform to local craft traders to offer their produce. Last year we had some wonderful stuff on sale from local crafts people working in wood, leather and glass.
Hot food is on offer from Frank who cooks up irresistible bratwursts. Again we are delighted and lucky to have Anto as our Barista, serving up some tremendous coffee to keep customers and stallholders going.
The market is located right in the heart of Donabate village in the grounds of the Parish Hall, so you’re going to have to try real hard to miss us. And if you do - you may hear us, as we will feature guest musicians throughout the season to keep the buzz ticking over.
We can’t wait to see you!
Donabate Food and Craft Market
Every Saturday from April 27th, Parish Hall, Donabate. 10.30 – 15.30
Apple Day Saturday 29 September 2012
at Donabate Food and Craft Market
Bill Cullen launched himself writing about them, one of them inspired Newton to figure out gravity, Samsung is allegedly copying them and Transition Towns Donabate Portrane is offering you the chance to drink them.
We have an abundance of them around the peninsula in gardens and orchards. It’s a wonderful fruit that is sometimes abandoned to windfall. So lets use ‘em up. Apple Day starts our apple pressing season!
Last year TTDP invested in a community fruit press and crusher and had some great days using it at the market. We will have someone there at the market to help you press your apples into beautiful juice. We know the tricks. All you need to do is bring along your apples and sterilised bottles.
You can sterilize your bottles either using sterilizing chemical tablets e.g. Milton or by boiling them in water followed by drying them in the oven (this obviously applies to glass bottles)
In our experience kids get great enjoyment from the crushing so bring along the whole family. If you would like to volunteer or have experience you can drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
The market season is drawing to a close and our traders have tried hard to provide a local alternative for your shopping, so it will be great to see you down there on Saturdays, but particularly for Apple Day.
Donabate Food and Craft Market takes place each Saturday between 11am and 3pm at the Parish Hall. You can’t miss it.
We have been successful in getting funding from Fingal Leader Partnership Company, The Dept of Agriculture, Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs and the EU for 100% funding for the business courses and 75% for the market set up. We would like to thank them for tehir support, advice and encouragement.