Market newsletter 21st June 2012

Phew, that was some busy day here at the launch of our Wednesday market yesterday! We had a great attendance for the launch, and thanks to so many of you who made it along to celebrate the launch with us - we were delighted with the turnout! Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, TD officiated at the launch, accompanied by our regular market-shopper, local TD Paschal Donohue, whose young family were thrilled to see their Daddy at work in his suit and tie!

Minister Simon Coveney & Paschal Donohue being greeted by some of our stallholders, photo by Kenny Rorie

We also had the RTE Surf & Turf Cookery Programme crew here, accompanying Paul Flynn, of the Tannery Restaurant (co-chef on the programme). They stayed with us for the afternoon and had a great time tasting at all the stalls before finally selecting the ingredients for the cooking part of the show which takes place today in Malahide. We are told that the programme will air on the 8th of August, so we'll all be looking out for that!

Kenny Rorie with Paul Flynn - spot the famous chef!

And as if that wasnt enough excitement for one day, we were delighted that Melanie McCabe, Irish X-Factor contestant came along for a few hours and really entertained us with some fabulous singing - we wish her all the best in the forthcoming competition!

Heres Melanie in full flow - we love the new look hairstyle as well!, photo courtesy of Kenny Rorie

Stallholder news:

All stalls are due to be with us on Saturday, including a new Sat stall called Sheaffoods - William Lee who runs the stall has been with us on Wednesdays for a few weeks now...

His stall has some lovely health foods including a range of granola which he makes himself: heres his description:
  • Meado, this consists of a possible combination Oat flakes, Oat Bran, Pinhead oatmeal, Rye, Wheat bran flakes, Wheat germ, Linseed, Pecan, Poppy Seed, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds and a few other ingredients depending on what is available. We mix it with a juice, oil and some natural flavours.  This is then toasted in the oven to give a rich nutty flavour.  You can then add to it whatever you like.
  • Rosy, this is the toasted ingredients with a mixture of dried fruit added.  The dried fruit can be any combination of the following; apple slices, apricots, banana slices, Blueberries, Dates, Figs, Prunes, Raisins, Sultanas, Cranberries, Mango and/or Pineapple.
  • Arbo, this consists of the toasted ingredients and a possible combination of toasted nuts such as Brazil nuts, Coconut, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Walnut along with dried fruit.  This is our most popular combination.
  • Granola – Your choice, this is the Meadow version with any combination of dried fruit and nuts that you can select at our stall or pre order by emailing us.
  • Peanut, this is a very different taste and consists of a a possible combination Oat and Rye Flakes, Linseed, Pecan, Poppy Seed, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Peanuts and Apricots and is sweetened with Peanut butter and orange juice.  It is then toasted to give a rich peanut flavour. 
Sheaffoods also sell dried fruits and nuts and speciality teas - he is planning on having some teas available to taste on Saturday, so be sure to try them out!
Clare and Puddleduck Produce will have their last day with us on Saturday. As most of you will know Clare and Declan are expecting another addition to the family over the summer, and with the growth in her jams/relishes business in the past year to being in many high-end outlets, something has had to give, and so we wont see Clare's smiling face and knitting every week. We hope that she will still visit us on occasion, and her produce will be available at Sarah-Janes Old Tarts Stall for now!
Wine of the week this week is from Spain, from Ribera del Duero from Caballero Mendoza, with Dark fruits, coffee bean and chocolate amongst the flavours for this complex and smooth belter from Spains stellar region. Usually €15.95, down to €11.95 for this week only.

Hot dish of the day at the Cafe is our Asian Fish Pie, which usually disappears very quickly, so get here early to reserve a bowl of it! Due to the success of our  Bahn Mi last week- a very popular Streetfood in Vietnamese cuisine -  we will have it on the menu again this Saturday - its made with griddled chicken, a fresh pickle of carrot & cucumber, topped with a fresh satay sauce, served in a baguette. We will also have a pork version available as an option!

Wondering what to do to keep your kids busy over the summer? Look no further than Mary's Sport for Fun summer camps. You can pick up a flyer at the market on Saturday or contact here at 087-8139017 or email her at
Hope to see you on Saturday!
Brid & all the team at Honest2Goodness