Officially welcoming in summer at AQFS!
With lovely summer weather upon us, inevitably thoughts turn to changing our meals to something lighter. We have lots of summer seasonal vegetables arriving in store at the moment, with Grantstown Tomatoes, Drummond House Asparagus and Jerusalem Artichokes to name but a few gracing the shelves. This week’s Thursday tasting at 3 I will be looking at simple and easy ways to incorporate these ingredients into delicious salads that are nutritious but also are quick to prepare.
We will taste a lovely Spring Salad of Asparagus, Soft-Boiled Eggs and Derg Farmhouse cheese from Garranmore in Tipperary and also look at ways to use Jerusalem Artichokes which for all intents and purposes can be treated like a potato… who knew! So please join me tomorrow when we officially welcome in the summer at Ardkeen Quality Food Store and see if I can meet the ultimate challenge of pairing asparagus with wine… watch this space.
See you from 3
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 11 fresh seasonal produce:
- Golden Wonders 2kg [Glenmore, Kilkenny] Fergal Molloy
- Irish Apple Tray Jonared Apple [Mooncoin, Kilkenny] South East Produce
- Brussel Sprouts [Swords, Dublin]
- Carrots [Pilltown, Kilkenny]
- Rhubarb Bunched [Malcom Robertson, Co. Wexford]
- Fancy Fungi, Forest Mix Mushrooms [The George Family, Co. Wexford]
- Grantstown Suntini Sweet Tomatoes [David Curid, Grantstown Co. Waterford]
- Barefoot Farm Mixed Salad leaf [Paul Ryan, Dunhill, Co.Waterford]
- Kale [Tom Cleary, Co. Wexford]
- Cabbage [Tom Cleary, Co. Wexford]
- The Happy Pear Sprouts [Bray, Wicklow]
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.
Grantstown Suntini Sweet Tomatoes 200g
Grantstown Nurseries is based in Co. Waterford . It is a family business with a tradition of innovation and the highest horticultural practices. Grantstown Nurseries supplies the finest tomatoes with a wide range of varieties
Wicklow Farmhouse Wicklow Blue 150g
Wicklow Blue Farmhouse cheese a mild creamy blue veined brie. Wicklow Farmhouse cheese is a small family run business. Since 2005, we've been making our handmade Irish artisan cheese in a purpose built dairy on the Hempenstall family farm. We hope you enjoy our products.
Grantstown San Marzano Snack Tomatoes 250g
Grantstown Nurseries is based in Co. Waterford . It is a family business with a tradition of innovation and the highest horticultural practices. Grantstown Nurseries supplies the finest tomatoes with a wide range of varieties.
Irish Rhubarb Bunched
Irish rhubarb bunch - grown by Malcom Robertson, Co. Wexford
Fancy Fungi Mushrooms Forest Mix Mushrooms 150g
Our Forest Mix Mushrooms contain a mixture of shiitake, beech, enoki, eryngii, chestnut and grey, gold and pink oyster mushrooms in variable proportions depending on season and availability – a truly splendid combination of textures and flavours which make a fabulous addition to any meal! The Great Taste judges characterised our Forest Mix Mushrooms as “… bringing together a beautiful and very exciting selection of some very good quality mushrooms with a great variety of colours and textures. A really excellent mix of woody, sweet and nuttiness with long lasting mushroom flavours. And what a joy… the flavours really pack a punch…”.