After Glasnevin, a new NeighbourFood Market just opened its doors in Dublin. You can now join the Bluebell Market, held weekly at The Green Door Market on the Old Naas Road.
NeighbourFood is an online platform designed to directly connect consumers with small to medium scale producers, giving them the fairest price for the fruit of their labour. Many markets of this type already take place weekly around the country, in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, or Kilkenny.
In Dublin, Honest2Goodness hosts the Glasnevin NeighbourFood market weekly, but a new addition now offer South-siders the opportunity to join this great initiative and enjoy a new way to eat well while supporting local agriculture.
Launched this week by host Aisling Warner, the Bluebell NeighbourFood market takes place at The Green Door Market every Thursday. Offering organic vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, dairy products, breads, healthy cakes and more, it allows members to place an order online by midnight on Mondays and to then go collect their shopping on Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm. During collection time, consumers also get a chance to meet the producers directly.
"Farmer's markets tend to run on the weekend so I thought offering this mid-week would be great for people", Aisling explained to us. "Producers set their own prices and 80% go directly to them. It creates the perfect opportunity for customers to support local producers, reduce waste and buy local produce when in season."
The list of producers includes Tartine Organic Bakery and their delicious bread, Corina’s Kitchen and her healthy treats, Rathcam Organic Farm and their range of free-range pork and lamb, Mossfield Organic Farm and their award-winning milk, yoghurt and cheese or Carlow Farmhouse Cheese. New producers are expected to join the market shortly. River Run Ferments will be offering kombucha, sauerkraut and other fermented foods. Raw by Greta's kefir water will also soon be available, and so will Lilly Eco Clean's range of household cleaning products.
Hosted by Brid Carter, the Glasnevin NeighbourFood market also includes bread from Tartine Organic Bakery, as well as meat from Ryan’s farm, Proper Chocolate, Donegan's Seafood or The Good Crop Company. The market is open for online ordering from Friday evening until midnight on Tuesdays with collection on Thursday evenings.