Market newsletter 18th November 2010

What a turbulent week we've been having - between weather, economy, family tragedies around the country, money markets and so on, we dont know whether we are coming or going! Has the whole country become a home for the bewildered??

So, in the meantime, at Honest2Goodness, we are continuing with our simple beliefs, that we hope you can share. Firstly,  that it is good to buy as locally as possible, and that 'quality starts at the point of origin'. Secondly,  eating nutritiously and well from quality ingredients will support our health in these turbulent times, sourced from producers who have similar convictions. Thirdly is our belief that community and people are really important. These three  just about sum up our philosophy. 

This week we have received a number of copies of a new Bord Bia publication called 'Traditional Food Skills for tomorrow', a really interesting read! They will be available (free of charge) at the Pantry in the Upper Market as long as stocks last. Bord Bia also sent us some posters which we will be hanging in the market once they have been framed.

Event news:

Congratulations to Jim Ryan and the lads - they won a recent award for Best New Enterprise in Co. Meath - well-done!

Dont forget that we have two events coming up in December! On the 4th, we have our pre-Christmas Wine Tasting event (taking place after the market at 4pm), and on the 11th is our Christmas Food, Wine and Craft Fair, so please tell all your foodie friends and family to come along.

More info on the delicious wines for the 4th of December is  available here.

Also, our Bring a Friend Hamper Draw is still running until the 11th of December, so dont forget to bring a new friend along to the market so that you can enter for our great Market Hamper, full of lovely goodies!

Stallholder news:

More changes at the market this Saturday, as Gannet Fishmongers have installed a new display fridge at the market, so you wont see the old Gannet Van anymore! It means that you'll be able to see the full range of spanking fresh fish in front of you, and will be able to chat with Cailean more easily (and as the old van was a bit unreliable in the winter months, the new arrangement should mean that we wont have any supply interruptions this winter!)

At the new Deli stall (i.e. the combined Pantry and Wine Stall), check out our new range of produce, as it is expanding each week in response to customer requests. This week we have some new gluten-free Asian products including Creamed Coconut (€1), Thai rice papers (ideal for springrolls, made from rice) €1 per pack, Rice Vermicelli €1.50; we've also got Coconut Milk on special offer at €1, and still/sparkling water (500mls) at 60c. We are also due to take delivery of an increasing variety of beans and pulses and will be selling them by weight, as well as the pre-packed and/or tinned varieties. Recipes will follow on how to use these very nutritious ingredients...

Our wines of the week are our ever popular Montalto Pinot Grigio - down from its usual €10 to €8.50, and we are putting on a very special wine for our red wine of the week. This is the Il Nespoli, which is only 1 of 400 wines in Italy to get the coveted '3 glasses' award. The wine has flavours of plum and cherries, alongside chocolate and vanilla. Usually priced at €25, we have it on offer on Saturday for €21.25. Come along and taste it for yourself - it is  a real treat to taste!

Clare from Puddleduck sent me this update for the newsletter: just to let you know that we are starting to get in to the festive spirit this week with some fabulous cranberry curd and a new cranberry and orange jam. we will as always have a fresh batch of lemon curd and pink lemonade on offer with everything available to sample. we urge customers to remember to bring back their puddleduck jars and we can do our bit to reuse and recycle. looking forward to seeing you on saturday

Jim Ryan will have pheasant and duck available at his stall this weekend.  Jim is now fully licenced to handle game at his new on-farm processing facility.

Sheila from Dublin Meath Growers asked me to let you know that they will have a special offer on sprout stems this weekend, available at €1.50 per stem. The sprouts are grown by Joe Lenehan from Trim Co. Meath.

The soup of the day at the Cafe this Saturday will be tomato, bean and basil and the hot dish of the dish is going to be Chilli Con Carne, the recipe for which includes some of Phoenix Delites 80% chocolate. You can check out the recipe here . We also had lots of compliments on the dish of the day from last Saturday, so here is the link to the BBQ Beef Stew recipe - you can leave it to marinade for up to 5 days!

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