Discovering the Charm of the Kingscourt Farmers & Craft Market

On Sunday, May 5th, we ventured to Cavan to experience the delightful Kingscourt Market. Nestled in the heart of the town, this charming market unfolds within the welcoming walls of the Kingscourt Community Centre, coming alive on the first Sunday of every month.

From the moment we arrived, the ease of access was apparent, with ample free parking available on the community centre grounds and convenient toilet facilities inside. We were all set for a day filled with exploration and enjoyment.

The market exuded a warm and friendly atmosphere, where we found ourselves immersed in conversations with the passionate traders. Each stall was a treasure trove of stories, laughter, and incredible craftsmanship. The array of handmade crafts and delectable treats was truly a feast for the senses.

Our adventure began with a warm welcome from Kirk, one of the driving forces behind the market. Alongside his wife, Taryn, they have poured heart and soul into nurturing this vibrant community hub. Considering the market only launched in February, it’s remarkable how quickly it has blossomed into a cosy, thriving community space. There’s a palpable sense of promise and potential for this market to continue growing, providing a flourishing environment for both the community and its talented artisans.

Meet the Visionaries Behind Kingscourt Market: Kirk and Taryn

Kirk and Taryn’s journey started from a deep-seated need for more venues where local crafters and artisans could showcase their work. As small business owners themselves, specialising in beautiful handmade soaps, oils and lotions, they recognised the necessity for spaces where local crafts could gain the recognition and support they deserve.

With unwavering dedication to supporting crafters, creatives and artisans, Kirk and Taryn’s entrepreneurial spirit shines through. This dynamic duo possesses the passion and skills needed to ensure the market’s success. Their vision and hard work have already created a nurturing environment for artisans to thrive.

Join us as we dive into the array of talented creatives that make the Kingscourt Market a must-visit destination. Each visit promises new discoveries and delightful encounters, making it an essential stop for anyone passionate about supporting local talent and enjoying a vibrant market experience.

So who did we meet at the market?

Eamon from Carrickfern Honey- pure irish honey. Eamon started beekeeping in 2011, the name Carrickfern Honey was inspired by the location of his first beehive. All the honey is produced from Eamon’s own beehives which are in apiaries in Cavan and Longford. The honey was absolutely delicious, smooth and sweet and so tasty. We also really enjoyed chatting with Eamon about his honey, he gave us lots of fascinating information about the art of beekeeping and of course his infectious banter had us laughing all the way around the market, setting us up for a truly enjoyable day.

With the laughter carrying us on to the next delightful stall we met Damian Frayne Woodcraft, a truly talented wood turner creating the most beautiful pieces. From magnificent walking sticks, chopping boards, gorgeous bowls, pestle and mortar’s, keyrings to clocks and more every piece is crafted with impeccable attention to detail and amazing talent for sculpting and creating such quality pieces. We had a lovely chat with Damian and it was a pleasure to connect with the talent behind Frayne Woodcraft.

Next we met the lads from My Natural Oil Artisan, producers of premium Ariston Balsamic Vinegars, Ariston Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Infused Olive Oil and Olive Pate. They providing high-quality, natural, and healthy products to their customers, taking great care in sourcing their ingredients from the finest producers in the world. We absolutely loved the taste and high end look and feel of the products and packaging, and the showstopper olive oil bottle at the centre of the display was truly a work of art, an absolutely beautiful unique and special gift to give someone who appreciates good food and beautiful design ascetics.

Sid’s Jewellery

Our next encounter was with the lovely Sid who hand makes the most gorgeous jewellery pieces, with beautiful unique stones which Sid creates in his own top secret way, we don’t know how he does it but they almost look like gemstones. Each piece is unique and special and handmade with care. We loved chatting with Sid and finding out a little bit about his lovely jewellery.

We chatted with the lovely lady from Macrame Art Handmade, who hand crafts gorgeous and beautifully designed macrame bags, owls, baskets, cup coaster and more. The animal baskets were so cute and a lovely addition to a kids space, the beautiful floral wreaths absolutely stunning, the amount of work that has gone into creating these lovely pieces is truly remarkable.

We then had the pleasure to explore and chat with Taryn & Kirk of Soaps and all, makers of artisan small batch, cold process handmade soaps, balms, shampoo bar making kits, soap making kits and more.. Their soaps look so luxurious and they also smelt amazing, we loved the look and quality of their products and their balm is a must buy, lots of uses for this wonder cream, worked amazingly on the my hard working gardeners hands.

Out Of This World, baked goods, brownies, cupcakes and tasty treats handmade by Kate, a young lady with so much talent and entrepreneurial spirit, it is no wonder she is the daughter of Taryn & Kirk. We love to see so much passion and drive from the next generation, making their mark on the world and creating something for themselves. Kate is sure to make a success of whatever she decides to do in the future and we wish her the best of luck with her business ventures.

Maggie Bakes really stopped us in our tracks and as it was nearing lunch time we couldn’t stop ourselves, Magdalena’s cupcakes and cakes looked so good we really couldn’t choose just one and we ended up getting one of nearly everything she had to offer! Delicious tempting treats all handmade from scratch with love and passion. It was lovely to chat with Magdalena about her passion for baking, we really enjoyed our interaction and of course the amazing cakes!

We met the lovely Sonya creator of Sonny’s Jewellery – handcrafted jewellery, resin art, rose bears and clay/resin jewellery.  Beautiful pieces made with love,  Sonya had some really lovely gifts ideas, her rose bears where so cute and unique.  It was lovely chatting to Sonya and finding out all about her small business and where it all started for her.

Charm by Helen – Helen creates beautiful unique handmade pendants, bracelets, earrings and keychains, made with beads, charms and freshwater pearls. It was lovely to chat with Helen and see her beautiful creations in person as we had missed her at the Market Clonmellon the last time.

Lisa from Arty Facts creates the most amazing handmade movie, music & book memorabilia with custom artwork designs. These framed art pieces are so unique and special, we have not seen anything like this around and they would make such a unique gift idea for any movie, music or book lover. So beautifully created and thought out they really are stand out pieces, we thought they were so cool. It was lovely to chat with Lisa about her business and find out more about how she creates these special pieces.

The Stable Art & Crafts

We met the lovely Mary from The Stable Art & Craft, who hand paints beautiful colourful art on stones, plates and teacups. We loved chatting with Mary and finding out about all her creative artwork, the bug painted stones where super cute and would make a really lovely addition to a fairy garden or to simply bring more colour and art to any space inside or out.

Liga from The Jolly Cloud is a bold & creative cookie baker who creates the most delicious cookies. With cookie fillings like Creme Egg, Red Velvet, Macadamia and Biscotti among others, these tempting treats are sure to have something to satisfy any cookie enthusiast. It was lovely chatting with Liga at Kingscourt Market. The Jolly Cloud also do Cookie Box’s that they deliver anywhere in Ireland through their website, so you can taste these amazing cookies for yourself.

Valentina is a Reiki master and accredited holistic therapist, along with her reiki treatments she practices in Dundalk, Co Louth, Valentina also creates a range of bath salts, essential oils blends, decorative bottles and jars and so much more! We loved the idea of Valentina’s “SANDS OF TIME ” collection, this idea was inspired by sand passing through an hour glass and with her own personal touch added to create a “slow motion movement”. All that you have to do is SHAKE IT whenever you need and relax! The sand glistens and moves as you watch it this creates a calming and soothing effect to help you relax and de-stress.

Kirstie from Sweet Cheeks Facepainting is a talanted facepainter who caters for all occasions, offering packages to suit your budget. Along with facepainting Kirstie also offers glitter tattoos, face bling, bubble braids & the new baby bubbles smaller braids for smaller kids. We had such a lovely chat with Kirstie, finding out about her business, we found Kirstie to be such a sweet and bubbly person, her creativity and personality are sure to be a hit with every child at your next event!

Danute’s Home Bakery A home bakers who creates always cupcakes and cakes that are fresh and tasty every time. We were especially drawn to the boxes of macaroon’s they looked really amazing, such a special treat! Dante’s Home Bakery also offers cakes to order for any occasion from cream cakes to themed cakes made to order. We loved exploring what this delicious stall had to offer.

Haydn Austin is an extremely talented wildlife artist, his art is so good we thought we were looking at a photograph. Haydn captures the beauty of nature in his artwork and sells them as framed and unframed pieces as well as creating them as bookmarks & cards. His bookmarks with the beautiful illustration also incorporate lots of information all about the pacific animal and are such a great gift idea for a wildlife and book lover. We chatted with Hayden about where he gets his inspiration from, drawing a lot of his art from wildlife pictures, sent to him by his son.

We also chatted to Haydn’s wife Ann-Marie who has an equally impressive talent for art, we were so surprised to find out that Ann-marie just took up painting and craft since retiring, along with her paintings Ann-Marie creates beautiful handmade fairy doors, wax melts and gift sets.

Lucy from That’s 4 Yous creates special hampers & gift boxes for special ones. Lucy has a great selection of gift ideas that you can put together to create the perfect gift, from aromatherapy candles and oils to pretty jewellery pieces to mugs and scarves, there is something to cater to every occasion, Lucy gifts can also be delivery in the Republic of Ireland. It was so nice to chat with Lucy and find out a bit about her business today at the Kingscourt Market.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Natasha from Pure Cottage Designs, Natasha is a mixed media artist based in Cavan who creates amazing digital art and absolutely gorgeous handmade clay earrings Natasha, who is a fine art student, has a great eye for design and style, we loved her fun, youthful designs.

Knits and Baby Gifts

It was such a pleasure to chat with the lovely lady behind these beautiful hand knitted baby items and cute baby name gift frames. Just starting out on her small business journey and at her first ever market.  We wish her the best of  luck on her small business journey.

Thomas is a self taught artist who works with a variety of skills, mediums and subjects. His prints are of musicians, animals, films and historical figures that either inspire or interest him. We were amazed at how much detail Thomas captures in each piece of art, his drawings are so life like you would swear you are looking at a photograph. Thomas is a truly talented artist specialising in capturing the emotion and preserving moments in time to treasure forever. Thomas can also do commission pieces upon request.  

We met Eisvina from L’esprit Jewellery, who makes handmade jewellery from natural gemstones and crystals, handmade and made with love and care. Each bracelet is unique, harnessing the power of gemstones and crystal healing giving your protection, energy, inspiration and help you to manifest your dreams! These gorgeous bracelets and earrings are not only beautiful but full of positive energy and style.

Chocolate Strawberries

We were delighted to connect with Agnes who makes delicious chocolate strawberries, all wrapped up and beautifully packaged making the perfect gift or treat.  

We spoke to a lovely lady from Sunflower Moon, a small family company offering unique handmade gifts. Specialising in soy candles and plaster decorations. Handmade leather wallets can be customised with color of the leather and picture or dedication, handmade belt bag, notebooks, tea light candle holders and more…  

It was lovely to chat with Darcy from Crochet by the Coast, her absolutely adorable creations with a coastal flair are handmade by this talented young lady. Cute little animals, cosy beanies and headbands, all perfectly stitched and ready to be purchased, it is so nice to see so many young entrepreneurs creating and sharing their talents.  And we wish this talented young lady all the best with her small business journey.

Crochet

Another young talented entrepreneur, just starting out and creating adorable crochet creatures. and other creative cosy creations.   It is great to see our young talented crafters of the future making knitting and crocheting relevant and cool again.  We wish this young talent all the best with her small business venture.

Doll Frames

A new business just starting out, it was a pleasure to chat with the creator of these beautiful doll framed art pictures, bracelets and cute little gnomes. These beautiful pieces are so unique, such a lovely idea and a unique and special gift for a child.  It was lovely speaking to the guys today and we loved these unique and beautiful creations.

Forest Hill Farm is a chemical free, regenerative farm in Co. Cavan producing nutritious fruit jams, pasture raised eggs, lamb and pork, all produced on the farm by a two person team, who use no chemical inputs, ensure animal welfare, help restore the health of the soil, regenerate nature and ecosystems, capture carbon and improve water cycles.  It was great to meet them today and I even came away with some  great advice on caring for my own at home chickens.

We absolutely adored Carmel, owner and barista of D’Finest Coffee Dock, so warm and funny we had a right oul’ hoot, Carmel not only serves a bit of craic, she also sells D’finest coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soup, freshly-made sandwiches and wraps, donuts, waffles, snacks and drinks in the North-East, all this in a lovely green horsebox. You can also catch Carmel in Grange Cross, Castletown, Navan (Mon-Fri) . Carmel can also do Mobile Catering for your event.

Finally we met the guys from Roots and Shoots, a small group of avid gardeners selling seasonal plants at affordable prices. They had lots of lovely plants, some gorgeous ferns and lovely healthy tomato plants, perennials and lots more, all extremely good value and great quality. It was lovely to catch them today as we missed them the last time in the previous market we visited You can also catch Roots and Shoots at their roadside stall year round in Kells, Co Meath

The Heart and Soul Behind Kingscourt Market

As we bid farewell to the Kingscourt Market, feeling a mix of exhaustion and elation, we watched the traders pack away their stalls. This moment of reflection brought a deep sense of gratitude for local markets and all they bring to our communities. These vibrant spaces are more than just places to shop; they are vital community hubs that support small businesses, foster connections, and offer unique, handmade treasures you can’t find anywhere else.

We often overlook the immense effort that goes into organising and running these markets. Behind the scenes, there’s a dedicated team working tirelessly to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Each visit to a local market is a chance to discover something new, meet talented creators, and feel a part of a larger community. So lets keep supporting these markets, market traders and market organisers so these markets can continue to be apart of our communities future!

Grainne

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