Market Newsletter 12th August 2010

 

We hope you are enjoying the somewhat improved summer weather that has us all peeking out from under the rain-coats and umbrellas again - long may it last! Hopefully the forecast for the weather to stabilise into a reasonably fine spell will prove accurate.

Event News

A gentle reminder about the Pilates Classes that Sally O'Kelly is starting in September,   first date is the 4th and finishing on the  9th October. Time 12.00 to 1.00 in the seminar room here at the market.  Total cost of course €60. Tel: 086 8869807 for further details. Flyers available in the cafe if you want to pick one up.

 

Meanwhile, Slow Food Dublin is having a picnic in the Iveagh Gardens on the 22nd of August, from 12 to 4pm. Face-painting for children starts at 12.30 and story-telling will be at 3pm. You have to bring your own food, and ideas for picnic food will be available on the Slow Food Dublin Facebook page. Please remember that the OPW have told us that alcohol is not permitted in the Gardens. Further information available here.

Interested in abseiling Croke Park in a good cause? Find out more here.

 

 Stallholder News:

 

Pascale from Phoenix Delites wont be at the market this Saturday. She has left some packs of her Pearl chocolates in the Pantry, so if you want to get some, ask us there.

 

Meanwhile, Dion Govender, who supplies the Pantry with his delicious chilli pickles and Curry Sauces will be at the market on Saturday with lots of his spicy produce available for tasting. Dion and his wife make all their produce in Cavan, near Virginia, so they qualify as a truly local product, despite the exotic tastes!

Pantry news:

We have a new delivery of store-cupboard essentials, plus a few new products, so please feel free to browse and to ask us about any of our 'health-store' produce, as we are specialising in wheat and gluten free products. Havent worked out yet what to put on the Tasting Table, but you will be more than welcome to taste everything that is on the table (it is located near the Pantry).

 

New product line - we are taking a stock of eco-friendly cleaning products on a trial basis to see if our customers like them. Sonett makes cleaning products using biodynamic and organic ingredients that really work. Sonett cleaning products do not harm your skin or the environment. All surfactants are of vegetable origin from biodynamically or organically grown plants and are 100% biodegradable. They are free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances, dyes, enzymes or petroleum-based ingredients. Fragrance is restricted to a few, non-allergenic organic and natural essential oils. Anyway, come and have a browse in the pantry on Saturday!

The Spud Man is expecting to have blueberries, blackberries, cherries and strawberries on Saturday, and may even have organically grown plums and rocket!

Grace O'Hara will have more of her lovely ear-rings for sale at the market (near the wine stall). Grace will also take orders for ear-rings to match any colour scheme that you have in mind!

Cafe news: Hot dish of the day will be our Thai Chicken, lots of fresh flavours of garlic, ginger and a sprinkling of chilli, with coconut milk added for extra creaminess (this is a non-dairy, non-wheat dish).

Wines of the week:

As Colm is still away as this is being written, I get to chose the wines again this week. Colm will be back on Saturday to give wine advice and to help you taste our two wines of the week, which are:

Chateau Gromel Bel Air, from Bordeaux, a lovely red wine with lots of fruit and ripe tannins, and lovely flavours of blackcurrant, plum, smoke and lead pencil - taste it for yourself to see if you agree! The usual price of this wine is €14, and we have it on sale on Saturday for €11.90. We would recommend this wine with some of Jim Ryan's lamb - either roasted in the oven or off the barbeque.

Montalto Pinot Grigio is our white offering this week. We had it on tasting a couple of months, and it has been selling really well for us ever since then. Here is what Colm said about this the last time:

'Pinot Grigio can make for some fairly forgettable wine in some cases but Montalto have done another great job with this wine. A rich creamy texture and tropical fruits result from the Sicilian sun and excellent winemaking from Glen Eberback - grab this bargain while you can!'

Usual price is €11.50, you can buy it for €9.97 on Saturday.

 So, hope you can join us on Saturday - we look forward to seeing you again. Check back onto the website for updates on stallholders produce etc, and let us know if you would like us to reserve any produce for you.

Please note that the newsletter will be taking a two week holiday (funnily enough coinciding with my ten days away!) and will return again on the 2nd of September.

 Brid & Colm