Even though we're all practicing physical distancing and most of us are working from home, we still want to help support Irish food and drink producers.
We've decided to help our readers #ShopForIreland, so we'll be posting every day to highlight great food and drink businesses around the country. Get in touch on our social channels with your suggestions on who we should write about.
Glenilen Farm, west Cork
They run one of the country’s best-known yoghurt companies, but Alan and Val Kingston from Glenilen Farm are branching out by setting a virtual farmers’ market in Drimoleague in west Cork.
The market is one of 27 currently being hosted on the website neighbourfood.ie, and Glenilen is one of ten producers selling in Drimoleague. The others include Caherbeg free range pork, Skeaghanore duck, Red Strand Coffee and Peter Ross fruit and vegetables.
Three weeks in, the market is proving popular with both customers and food producers alike. Orders and payments are made online, with customers given staggered collection slots every Saturday from 10am to noon. Check out neighbourfood.ie for full details on all the markets currently operating and taking orders.
Chakra, Greystones, Co Wicklow
The team at Chakra, the award-winning Indian restaurant in Greystones in Co Wicklow, weren’t expecting to be back at work for quite some time. But as messages from loyal customers began building up on the answering machine, they investigated whether they could provide a safe ‘click and collect' takeaway service.
They could, and they have. The service will be available from Thursdays to Saturdays, and the menu includes old favourites like chicken korma and lamb rogan josh, as well as lamb jalfrezi, tandoori chicken and some great veggie options. You can check out the menu here.
James Whelan Butchers, locations nationwide
Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers has been selling online for some time, but he has now launched a next day local delivery service for customers who live within 15 kilometres of one of his ten shops.
Delivery is free for orders over €50, and once you order by 4pm it will be delivered the next day with the exception of Sundays and Mondays.
There’s a good range of chicken, beef, lamb and more available, so a well-timed order could make mealtimes a bit easier during the working week. It could also be particularly helpful for anyone who is cocooning. You can find out more here, and don’t worry if you don’t live within the required distance – you can still order online, just not for next day delivery.