No Farmers Market? No Problem!
Ciaran Cotter, who you'll know from Killavullen Farmers Market, has been in touch, telling us how you can still get your local food and at the same time support local producers, even though some markets, including Killavullen (above) are closed for the time being.
"It is a very challenging time for all of us at the moment. Social and physical distancing does not come natural to most of our nation and we are all having to adjust to new ways of communicating, seeing our friends and family, working and shopping.
A number of our stallholders are now supplying an online farmers market through www.neighbourfood.ie with services in Doneraile and Watergrasshill. The way it works is you order online, pay online and then for the Doneraile market they deliver to you (Mallow to Mitchelstown areas and in between) on Friday evenings. Watergrasshill is a collection from O'Mahonys in Watergrasshill on Wednesdays evenings 5-7pm and 1pm and 3pm Saturday. They put the shopping into your boot, so no contact."
"Killavullen Farmers Market has been the collection point for the Killavullen Organic Buyers (KOB) group for many years now. You can order a very wide range of high quality products through the group at a bulk discount rate. You cannot order individual items, it is bulk purchases for example canned goods come in slabs of 12 and beans "and rices come in various size from 1kg upwards. You can browse products at www.sumawholesale.com. Most products are fairtrade/organic and are good value with the KOB bulk discount built in. Orders are delivered to specific locations and you then go pick up your order at a specific day and time. If you are interested in learning more please call 0863761816 for information.
Be sure to keep yourself safe and healthy in these times. It has been heartening to see how our communities are banding together and how people are helping each other and those at risk. Finally a special mention to those who are keeping our essential services and health care systems going. Their selflessness at this time is awe inspiring!"
And be sure and check out: https://www.neighbourfood.ie/