In August 1997 we started trading in Temple Bar Food Market with a small range of produce. Since then, with the help of our customers, fellow food producers & friends, we have expanded into growing a wide range of vegetables, salads, herbs & fruit. All of which we sell ourselves, directly to our customers.
We now trade at:
Fridays : Leopardstown Racecourse 10.00-14.00
Saturday: Temple Bar Food Market, Meeting House Square 09.00-16.30
Sunday: Dun Laoghaire, Peoples Park 10.00-16.00
Our Farm Shop runs for a few hours every Friday Evening, for those who find it easier to call straight out to us for their produce.
Every Friday, 16.30 - 20.00
We have a 77 acre farm, 10 acres of which we grow anything hardy enough to grow outside, rotating the ground every few years - Brassicas, root veg, potatoes etc. We have, at the moment, around 40 PolyTunnels covering 2 acres for everything else - salads, spinach, herbs - and in the summer tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, gherkins etc.
Working with the seasons means constantly adapting and changing. A slightly mild winter can have a big effect on early Spring. A cold Spring can have the same effect on Summer. A tomato crop that came in in May of one year can come in Late July of the next. Saying that a particular veg is "in season" in Ireland is difficult to do. When nature decides it's ready, or not, that's when it's in season. In 2010 we were still harvesting & selling tomatoes at Christmas, whereas a few years previous there was none after August.
Over the years we have managed to hone a few practices, and with the help of PolyTunnels and careful variety selection we are able to grow salads, spinach and kale all year round. Everything else is ready when it's ready!