Market Newsletter 25th November 2010

Well, another mad week in the economy - looks like we're all going to be hit by at least 5%. Of course, the actual impact might be less as the cost of living may come down in line with the reductions in pay and pensions (if my vague memory of economics lectures are in any way accurate!).

Time will tell, and in the meantime, I am sticking to my mantra of staying focused on being healthy (well, my wine intake might go above the recommended average, but we cant be perfect!) and also taking pleasure from the simple things in life (and there are still things to enjoy out there).

Talking of which, we were asked to let you all know about the Cross Guns & Prospect Mummers, who are looking for volunteer actors to take part in this year's performance. You just turn up at 8.30 on Wed 1st December in the Brian Boru pub, for the second reading of the play. More info here

Also, quick reminder that you can still get tickets for the performance of the Messiah on the 1st and 2nd of December in St Patrick's Cathedral Tickets available at the Spud Man's stall.

Other freebies still on the go - our Bring a Friend Campaign is still going, and will finish on the 11th of December, so if you want to be in with a chance to win our lovely hamper of goodies, then you had better bring that new customer with you in the next couple of Saturdays!

We have 8 artisan craft stalls joining us at the market on the 11th of December for our Food/Wine/Craft Fair. They will be set up in the cafe area of the market, with a great range of locally produced quality fare, including jewelry, felted crafts, quilted items, great ideas for children and adults, alongside all the Christmas Foodie gift ideas from the regular stallholders.  We promise an uplifting, interesting and fun day, so please tell all your friends and neighbours about it. Entry is of course free, so everyone  can simply come along and enjoy the atmosphere!

We have also got new flyers done for the market, with a much bigger map of  our location, so pick some up when you are with us next!


Stallholder news:

Gannet Fishmongers were very pleased with the reaction to the new arrangement they have at the market - lots of display space for the lovely fresh fish, and the chance to show off more of their produce.

Jim Ryan tells me that their special of the week this week will be forequarter beef mince at €4.99 per kg - great for all those winter warmer meals including our chilli con carne recipe from the cafe hot dish last week.

At the Pantry, we have taken in our first consignment of luxury Plum Puddings made by Peter Ward from Country Choice in Nenagh, which has received many awards over the years. You can pick yours up this Saturday, or ask us to reserve one for you for closer to Christmas. We are also taking orders from this Saturday for Mince Pies for Christmas, made with our own mince-meat. This went down a treat last Christmas; if you would like to make your own mincemeat, here is the recipe.


While we were getting the plum puds, we decided to also get some of Peter Ward's special pastas that he imports from the producers in Pisa. This is the real deal in pasta, made in small quantities by  the Martelli family (family photo below!) - will now have to get cracking on some recipes to complement the pastas! Look out for the distinctive yellow packaging...

 We are also due to take in a delivery of the Gluten Free muesli made by Alara - apologies again to those of you who missed out last week. Please let us know if there is any specialist product that you would like us to stock in our expansion of the store-cupboard area in the Pantry.

Pascale from Phoenix Delites tells us that she will have some of her Christmas offerings with her this Saturday for you to see.

Wine Tasting on the 4th of December: Let us know if you are coming along to our pre-Christmas wine tasting, so that we can finalise our arrangements. And dont worry, we wont subject you to the cold of the Upper Market, we'll be nice and cosy in the cafe area!

Wines of the week:  In white this week, we are doing our Chateau Gales from the Graves area of  Bordeaux. With a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes, and a little muscadelle, Citrus flavours blend harmoniously with tropical fruit.

On the red front,  we have a Ribera del Duero on offer this week, from Spain. Bramble, chocolate and coffee flavours here. Find out more about this wine here or just come along on Saturday and taste it for yourself!

Usual 15% discount off the list prices on our wines of the week.

Cafe news: Hot soup of the day is a herby Tomato & Bean soup, while our dish of the day is Spanish Chicken,  showcasing our Fresh Chorizo, made by Gubeen's (available at the Pantry).

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Brid & Colm