Kildare Farmers Market must find new home

Number of Naas locations examined for

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Kildare Farmers Market must find new home

Long term home sought

Kildare County Council is looking for a new home for the Naas Farmers Market.

The market used to operate close to Tracks restaurant but has not had a home for some time.

 The Farmers market is separate to the country market, which used to operate from the  Naas Town Hall.

At the council’s Naas Municipal District meeting on October 20, Cllr Colm Kenny, the new Green councillor, asked for an update on securing a long-term home for the Naas Farmers  Market? 

Mairead Hunt, from the Planning and Strategic  Development Department, said that research is underway in terms of market trader’s requirements, frequency of  trading, variety of offering, and potential scale of the market. “Once this work is  complete a market layout will be drawn up, allowing for appropriate social distancing  and the traders requirements. This plan will then inform the size of the area needed  for the market on both a temporary and permanent basis and identify potential  suitable locations,” she said. 

The meeting was told that council officials have walked the town with representatives from the Farmers Market and have looked at a number of areas, including the back of the Town Hall, Abbey Street, the Potatoe market and McAuley’s Place.

The pros and cons of each of these are being examined.

The meeting heard that sixteen stall holders would sign up and there could be seven to eight more by Christmas.

Members were told officials will put up a “draft plan to tease out the options.”