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Heralding in summer, the first new potatoes

Drummond House Garlic Scapes
Drummond House Garlic Scapes

The arrival of the first new potatoes is always cause for celebration and we are very happy to report that as we speak, though still in the ground, the first delivery of Wexford grower Nicky Keogh’s Home guards are being prepared for picking and will be delivered instore tomorrow morning.

There has never been more awareness about eating seasonally and Home Guards, a creamy coloured potato with loose, thin skin and a waxy flesh will for many be the taste they associate as heralding the start of summer with all the lovely connotations that that brings, warm sunny days, long bright evenings and time to kick back a little.

As though we are not spoilt enough, we will also be taking our first delivery of this year’s Drummond House Garlic Scapes.  Specialising in Irish Garlic and asparagus, the good folk at Drummond House farm in the village of Baltray in Louth harvest their scapes about three weeks before the garlic itself to the delight of chefs all over the Ireland. Only available for a short period each year, scapes make for sumptuous dishes. They can be whizzed into wonderful pesto, hummus and salads or blanched in olive oil sea salt, black pepper and grilled for 2 minutes allowing the flavours to sweeten and mellow.

With all this in mind, our Thursday Tasting this week will be Nicky’s new potatoes and grilled garlic scapes. Of course, those potatoes will need a good Irish salt so we will have Oriel Irish Mineral Sea Salt at the ready and of course lashings of Tinnock Homemade Butter.

Your summer may be about to start.

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    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 9 fresh seasonal produce:

    • South East Potatoes 2kg [Piltown, Kilkenny] Fergal Molloy
    • South East Carrots 1kg  [Piltown, Kilkenny] Fergal Molloy
    • Organic Kale [New Ross, Co. Wexford] Thorpe's
    • Organic Cabbage [New Ross, Co. Wexford] Thorpe's
    • Organic Leeks [New Ross, Co. Wexford] Thorpe's
    • Irish Rhubarb Bunched [Robertson, Co. Wexford] Robertson, Co. Wexford
    • Beetroot [Mooncoin, Kilkenny] Murphy Family
    • Parsnip [Ardmore, Co. Waterford] Ardmore Growers
    • Turnip [Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny] Eddie Doyle

    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.


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