Beltra Country Market
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Beltra Country Market, 15 mins from Sligo Town between Ballysadare and Skreen, County Sligo, runs every Saturday 10am-12 midday, selling fresh baking, savouries, vegetables, preserves, eggs, crafts and much more.
Beltra Country Market is part of Country Markets Ltd, a nation-wide co-operative established in 1947 which now has 60 markets around Ireland. Started in July 2010, Beltra Country Market has quickly become a thriving, busy place to be on Saturday mornings and has both a wide and varied membership as well as an ever increasing band of loyal supporters.
The market is held in an attractive 100 year old community hall, near Skreen in County Sligo, which perfectly complements the Country Markets’ ethos which is ‘home-produced and locally sold’.
The market sells a wide variety of things, from bread, scones and cupcakes to tarts and pavlova bases, with all kinds of cakes and tray bakes as well, including some gluten-free. There are various savoury and deli items including gluten-free. All kinds of fresh vegetables, salad and fruit are available in season, and there are both hen and duck eggs.
Crafts include knitting, felt and crochet, wooden items, pottery (using clay from local Ballysadare Bay), photographs, soap and hand-made cards. There are also novelty fabric/textile items – brooches, handbags, magic wands, key rings and fridge magnets. Jewellery is another popular craft item.
The coffee shop is the perfect place to relax and chat with friends after shopping, or to sit and read a book from the book swap corner. The hall has a car park and toilet facilities.
As well as the great produce available, the market runs a busy schedule of events all year round. There are monthly workshops for children, such as feltmaking, baking, jewellery making, t-shirt painting, pottery, Christmas cake decorating and Christmas decoration making. These are open to all children attending the market and are run during market hours. Beltra Country Market is a fantastic showcase of what is available in rural Ireland and welcomes regulars, locals and tourists alike.
Beltra Country Market is held every Saturday 10am-12 midday.