The Dublin Food Cooperative located at 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 has been open for 8 years it was previously in Pearse Street in the St. Andrews Resource Centre. What makes this market different than all the rest? Firstly, its indoors so the rain, hail, and snow, which at times all comes on the one day, will not matter at all. As well, Tim the Operations Manager of the Cooperative says, “Its a cooperative a not-for-profit business owned by the local people.” There is great atmosphere the minute you walk through the doors.”
Some of the great stalls there are selling Indian food, Greek food, French cheese, fresh bread, and Organic vegetables. Mary Rose , a local mother of 4, says, “I shop here because there is complete traceability on their vegetables, and that is very important to me. As well, I love the atmosphere. My kids can run around safely, and I am supporting local business. And I love being the owner.”
As Tim says, “Its the people who come here who make it special. We often have local musicians come in for a session in our cafe. We also have Buskers who greet people as they come in.”
It costs €15 a year to become a member if you have a wage, €10 a year if you are a pensioner or a student. You then have to buy a share in the business for €1.00.
As a member you get 5% off of every purchase from the co op. You can also volunteer to work in the dry goods shop, and then you get an additional 10% off. Based on 5 team week rota on a rolling schedule, minimum commitment is 2 hours on that 5th week. You check stock in , restock shelves, clear up, and set up for next market.
They have 1400 members and between 100-200 are volunteers. Niamh, a customer and volunteer, says, “I have been coming here every Saturday for years its the Buzz that gets me in, and it’s the cafe with all the great food that keeps me coming back. As well, I am a member and a volunteer, so as a single parent that 15% discount is important.”
As well as being open all day on Saturdays they are open Thursday and Friday, 12-8pm, with a scaled down version but the shop, fruit and veg, and cafe are all still open.
In addition they offer 4 different markets every Sunday of the month
1st Sunday Pure Vintage market– all your Granny’s old but beautiful things.
2nd Sunday Fusion market- a fusion of cultures where various communities are encouraged to bring their food, dancing, and anything else that embodies there culture.
3rd Sunday Brocante market– – French furniture and home ware galore.
4th Sunday Flea market- which is by far the most popular- nothing new very hipster, younge Dublin scene which has more stall outside as it is so busy.