Honest2goodness Market Newsletter 8th March 2012

Welcome to this weeks newsletter from the market

spring flowers on bare branches
Lovely to see spring buds appearing

This is International Womens Day today, and its a full moon tonight, so hope you get to enjoy both. If the weather forecast is to be believed, we should have nice mild weather for the weekend, so hope you can make time to visit us on Saturday. For all you rugby supporters out there, the Ireland-Scotland match kicks off at 5pm, so plenty of time to chat to us!

Food Writers Guild Awards 2012
We are delighted that three Irish producers who supply the market Pantry with their products won awards at the Food Writers Guild yesterday! For Standards of Excellence & contribution to Irelands reputation internationally,  Patrick & Carol Rooney for Derrycamma Farm Rapeseed Oil(Louth) and David Tiernan for Glebe Brethan Cheese (Louth) both won.  The third is Con Traas of Tipperary Apple Farm who won a Lifetime Achievement Award - his sparkling apple juice is available at the Cafe and at the Pantry. Congrats to them all!

Smoked Salmon

Delicious Connemara Smokehouse Salmon: Following all the positive feedback from the tasting we did last Saturday of Connemara smoked salmon, gravalax and BBQd salmon, we will have some available to purchase this Saturday, as well as Peppered, Smoked Mackerel.

Other Pantry news:

We will still have Moonshine Milk this Saturday although as we let you know last week, Moonshine Farm will no longer be producing milk from mid March onwards. We are working to find a replacement between now and then, and it looks like Ballymore Farm will have their milk and other dairy products available soon - including raw butter straight from the farm. They have purchased a lot of the Moonshine Dairy cows, so the taste should be very similar! As they are still finalising their processing, we might have a gap of a week or so before they start their delivery to us.  As mentioned last week, Moonshine cheeses will continue to be available for a few months, as they have a store of cheese that will be maturing over those months.

Other Dairy news: Kilbeg Dairies, based at Carlanstown, Co Meath (just up the road from Jim Ryans Farm) will be supplying the Pantry with Fromage Frais, Quark, creme fraiche, Mascarpone and Buttermilk. All will be available this Saturday at the Pantry.

If you are getting bored with plain porridge, we have a new Irish product available this Saturday. Made in Tipperary, this is Porridge enriched with Matcha Tea & comes in three flavours. I havent tried them myself yet, so it'll be interesting to see if you like them!

'Romagna Comes to Dublin' - winner of the competition
Matthew Faherty won the place at our event on Mon - congrats Matt! Thanks to all who participated

Stallholder news for this weekend

Absent Stalls this Sat

Harfords Gluten Free and John's Health Food Stalls have both told me that they wont be here this Saturday 10th March or next Saturday 17th of March. All other stalls due on Saturday.

Barts Chocolates:
Bart expects to have a new  fair trade-organic range to launch on Saturday and  also have a trial for STEVIA sweetend chocolate which will be the first in Ireland and a better option for diabetics.

At the Cafe

The hot dish of the day is Thai Chicken & brocolli, and our soup of the day is  butternut squash & nutmeg

Wine specials
We just got in a new organic Rioja this week, so we will have it on tasting and special offer on Saturday - Biurko Joven DO Rioja, usual price will be €11.95, it will be on special on Saturday for €10.

The market will be open as usual on St Patricks Day - with maybe some greener tinges than usual around the place - but nothing too tacky!