There will be two bonus outdoor markets this week as Christmas Day approaches.
The last Portlaoise Farmers Market of the year will take place on Wednesday December 23.
Getting underway at 9am and running until 2.30pm, stalls and vans will once again be situated under the arch in Peppers Lane, Lyster Square.
Meanwhile, Laois’s newest market is also set to take place for the final time in 2020 on the same day.
Stradbally Farmers Market will be open this Wednesday at the Market House from 1pm.
Both markets contain home baked goods, vegetables, juice, honey, jewellery, jams, flowers and crafts.
Jason Barron, the hugely popular fishmonger from Bates Seafood of Kilmore Quay in Wexford, also sets up a stall.
While so too does Elizabeth Bradley of Carlow Farmhouse Cheese – who brings with her some of the most exotic cheeses and olives sourced from all over the world.
And John Egan, who owns Ratheniska Farm Fresh, also sets up base at both markets.
Meanwhile, the organisers of the live animal crib in Portlaoise have made a renewed appeal for donations ahead of Christmas.
Kelly’s farm, at Bloomfield Cross in Portlaoise, set up a live crib featuring animals such as llamas, alpacas, chickens, sheep and donkeys a couple of weeks ago.
Down Syndrome Centre Midlands, Laois Hospice and Laois Arch Club are the three charities who will benefit from the proceeds raised from the crib.
Anyone wishing to donate to the three charities can do on the GoFundMe Link below: