Market newsletter 3rd May 2012

This photo caught my eye the other day - lovely isnt it! Courtesy of

Welcome to this week's newsletter, at last there are some signs of summer although I am almost afraid to say it as the forecast for the long weekend is pretty mixed! Still, we live in hope, dont we?

Wednesday opening at the market:

Our Wednesday opening is drawing closer -  the 16th May - opening hours will be midday to 7pm. Almost all our current stallholders will be with us on Wednesdays, with a couple of new ones as well. We will be phasing in the changes in layout over the next few weeks, so apologies in advance if we cause a bit of confusion as we make the changes!

Stallholder news:

New Sourdough bread at the market on Saturday from the ever-inventive Vlad! This time it is a spicy, savoury sourdough with juicy sundried tomatoes, spicy chillies and garlic... looking forward to trying that one out...

Meanwhile Kate at The Wild Flour Bakery gave me this update on her inventions of a sweet nature for Sat:

New macarons this week:

- Rose & Coconut
- Cardamom & white chocolate
- Passion fruit & chocolate
Dark chocolate and sea salt caramel macarons will be available but reserving ahead is advisable (email/ text 087 050 5567) - so dont come crying to me on Saturday if you are too late to get some macarons!

Alicia's Tapas wont be with us for a while, as Alicia is on the hunt for a new kitchen to work from, so NO PAELLA this Saturday...However, we will have a couple of new dishes that we are trying out at the cafe, including our own version of 'Pulled Pork', pork marinaded overnight, then slowly cooked til it literally can be 'pulled apart', served in one of Arun Bakery's Vlaas, with the option of Boston Baked Beans and/or celeriac remoulade! We will also have our all in one beef and red wine casserole. No soup this weekend!

At the Pantry, we are getting a stock of our store-cupboard essentials back in so our flour, rice and other such foodstuffs should all be back on the shelves for Saturday. We will of course have our usual scones, granola and pate made in the Market Kitchen, and will be trying out the start of this summers salads - a quinoa & roasted fennel salad

Across the way at the Wine Stall, this week will see two new Spanish wines on special offer - 2 belters (Colm's technical term!) from the emerging area of Bierzo in northwest Spain. The Legus wines are made from grapes indigenous to the area - the red is made from the grape Mencia - Legus Mencia Joven 2010, with spicy and gamey fruit flavours. Usually priced at €11.95, it is on special on Saturday at €9.95. The Legus Godello white 2011 again is made from a local grape, with flavours of ripe citrus fruits. Usually priced at €15.95 it is available on Saturday for €13.50. Both will be open on Saturday at the market for you to taste!

Thats it for this week, from a sunny but cool Glasnevin, hope to see you on Saturday for the food and the chat! I am off to Bia na Midhe this evening, a showcase of all the good foods from County Meath, I expect to run into several friends and food producers known to all our market customers!

Brid and all the team at Honest2Goodness