Milltown Food Market and Organic Food Centre
A combination of a regular store and a market, the Organic Food Store runs all week, and adds a farmers’ market for their Saturday hours. The market allows local farmers to sell their fresh-from-the-field wares and is well worth a visit, but you’ll find plenty during the week too. The shop itself sells a broad range of health food and interesting local products, including chocolate, honey, jewellery, cooking books, soap and candles. Open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm.
Castlemaine Road, Milltown, County Kerry, Ireland +353 669767869
Killarney Country Market
As you explore these farm-led market offerings, you’ll quickly note that you have to be quite careful about arriving when they’re actually open. Kerry’s capital is not large enough to justify a full-time market, and this weekly pop-up on Scott Street (Friday, 10am-2pm) is small enough not to have been too overridden with the town’s intense tourist-leaning feel. It’s mostly fruit and veg, but also a good stop-off for lunch, with flowers, clothes and plenty of fancy coffee on sale too.
Scott Street, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland +353 646631060
Sneem Farmer’s Market
A bustling indoor spot that’s become known for its high-quality, foodie-leaning produce, Sneem’s short Tuesday market (11am-4pm, summer and Christmas only) is a hyper-local, high-end organic style market. This spot has developed a reputation for quality. It’s mainly vegetables, but you’ll also be able to dig out some fantastic cheese, meats, eggs and the occasional pie.
Sneem Community Centre, Sneem, County Kerry, Ireland +353 669475312
Listowel Farmer’s Market
The longest running Kerry market, Listowel’s offering is very much local, small-producer focused, selling a range of products taken mainly from the region’s abundance of farms. Taking place in the town’s market square, it has gone a little upmarket in some corners in recent years: you can now buy artisan chocolate, ready-to-eat fish, crepes and farmhouse cheeses as well as the vegetables that have always been on offer, making the farmer’s market a nice lunch stop-off. It runs on Fridays, 9am-2pm.
Tralee Farmer’s Market
A Saturday afternoon outing in one of Kerry’s few major population centres, the Tralee Farmer’s Market (10am-2.30pm, Saturdays only) has branched out from a typical direct-to-seller food offering to include a selection of crafts and the occasional bit of music, too. Expect to find crepes, meat pies, hand-pressed juices, sushi, pottery and seaweed used for traditional cures.
Dingle Farm Produce and Craft Market
The port town of Dingle’s market is (perhaps inevitably) a mix of surf and turf, with many store holders exhibiting either their veg or the produce of the nearby Atlantic. The Friday (9am-3pm) gathering also has a great community angle, in that it dedicates a stall to a rotation of charities, giving them a chance to raise funds. You can also grab plenty of treats, like fudge, soft toys, Aran sweaters, personalised signs, cupcakes and beauty products.