Autumnal Delights – Seasonal Organic Veg
Access to seasonal organic vegetables has always been matter very close to our heart here in Ardkeen Quality Food Store. We are blessed with wonderful local suppliers whose produce is second to none. We work closely with them to ensure the very best, seasonal fruit and vegetables are available in store at competitive price, ensuring quality, choice and value for our customers.
Avoiding pesticides in our diet is important. Eating organically where possible is now much more feasible with organic produce more freely available. By supporting organic farmers with our food choices, we ensure that they have a fair and reliable market for their produce; we help protect the environment and enhance biodiversity that benefits from a pesticide free environment.
Now not wanting to pit one cabbage against another but did you know that red cabbage contains 10 times more vitamin A than green? (That means that one cup of chopped red cabbage has 33 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. The same portion of green cabbage contains 3%!)
Being a national favourite, we already tend to eat plenty of green cabbage with all its buttery goodness and flavour especially when accompanying a great piece of bacon but if like many, you only venture into red cabbage at Christmastime, not only are you missing an opportunity to access those carotenoids essential for maintaining eye health but also Vitamin K which assists with healthy blood clotting, red pigments antioxidants that allow the body to neutralise free radicals and yes there is more… generous amounts of iron for heart, muscle health and cell development.
Similarly, courgettes are a delicious and nutritious addition to our menu at this time of year. Quick and easy to prepare whether cooking, eating raw in salads or spiralizing instead of pasta, the courgette is a versatile vegetable that is a friend and addition to any table.
So, this week’s Thursday Tasting will feature organic growers Des and Olive Thorpe’s beautiful organic red cabbage and courgettes. Des and Olive’s certified organic family farm in New Ross, Co. Wexford has been supplying Ardkeen Quality Food Store for many years. Many of their produce also feature in our ‘100% Irish Growers’ Box’ which contains 10 seasonal fruit and veg and is available online all year round. A popular and perfect food gift for a loved one too. Keep that in mind for your Christmas gift list!
Expect spicy, autumnal aromas to greet you on Thursday. There will be a delicious, quick and easy to prepare courgette and almond soup and a braised red cabbage that you will not be able to wait for Christmas to make.
Look forward to seeing you instore for a taste and a chat!
The ‘100% Irish Growers’ Box
This mixed fruit & veg delivery is exactly as described....100% Irish grown produce sourced from small-scale farmers.
By stocking Irish or better still, locally grown produce, which has not been stored and transported from afar, we can guarantee the superior freshness and quality, as well as the ultimate in tractability.
Our current '100% Irish Growers' Box contains a selection of 8 fresh seasonal produce:
- Irish New Season Potatoes 1kg [Carne, Wexford] Nicky Kehoe
- Mixed Salad Leaves [Dunhill, Co. Waterford] Barefoot Farms
- Beetroot [New Ross, Co. Wexford] Tom Cleary's
- Strawberries [Waterford]
- Raspberries [ Dungarvan,Co. Waterford] Glen Fruits
- Fancy Fungi, Forest Mix Mushrooms [The George Family, Co. Wexford]
- Broccoli [New Ross, Co. Wexford]
- Grantstown Red Cherry Tomatoes [David Curid, Grantstown Co. Waterford]
Our suppliers are small scale and occasionally the produce listed or shown in the photo may not be available, where this occurs we will substitute with items of similar quality and value.