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Market Report
Dublin, Ireland
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005

The Market:
Temple Bar Market
Temple Lane
Dublin, Ireland
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Marketgoer: Joanne Seiff

This small market is in Temple Bar, a trendy Dublin neighborhood. The market square is enclosed by buildings around its perimeter. The atmosphere is lively and crowded. It’s a friendly place with live street music. You can hear the farmers and salespeople joking with one another as you shop. The options for purchase here are fantastic. The produce jockeys for space with fresh eggs and Irish farm cheeses, prepared meat pies, burritos, pastries, breads, honey and falafels. The fruits and vegetables are just as interesting. There are farm stands with carrots, squash, potatoes and other produce obviously grown in   Ireland. Other stands display produce from all over the European Union. 

While some vendors marketed their products as “locally grown and pressed apple juice” or honey, others made no comment as to the origin of the organic produce they sold.  Ireland is proud of its fresh local farm products, but is equally comfortable with its access to the E.U.’s wide array of lovely, warm-weather fruits.

There is another well-known market in Dublin, north of the River Liffey, on Moore Street. The Moore Street Market is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It offers better deals on fruits and vegetables in a less trendy area of town. Tourists are advised to avoid this area after dark.


Assorted produce

I wanted to try everything, especially the greengage plums, fresh apple juice, honey, cheese, lamb, and breads and pastries. As a tourist, I focused on prepared food and there was plenty of it. At the exchange rate on Sept. 17 of U.S.$1.21 for a Euro, I paid $7.26 for a savory crepe with smoked salmon, crème fraiche, dill, capers, and red onions, and half that price, $3.63, for a sweet crepe with organic butter, lemon and sugar. A wholegrain baguette and chausson aux pommes cost just over $3 each, and a baton au chocolat cost $2.42.

Eggplant, Chilis, Mangoes, Plums and assorted produce

Produce Prices
: Aubergines (eggplants) $2.20/lb.
Onions $1.38/lb.
Mangoes $3/each
Organic red hot chilis $.36/each

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