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Our Shelves are filled with Inspirational Entrepreneurs

One of the most interesting aspects of day to day life at Ardkeen Quality Food Store are the many fascinating life and business stories we hear from our small batch producers; indeed, we’ve come across many who we’ve speculated there may be a book in!

We stock nearly 200 of these makers, bakers, growers, brewers and farmers and view our relationship with them as a collaboration, we want small batch production to thrive. After all it is these unique and honest foods which make the store so distinctively different so we work hard to ensure we highlight the people behind the products too. Their stories give context to the passions and enthusiasm behind the produce.

Sarah Kiely of Sadie's Kitchen
Sarah Kiely of Sadie's Kitchen

This week it was particularly gratifying to see some of these great entrepreneurs break through and get national media coverage, Sunday saw Sarah Kiely of Sadie’s Kitchen face the investors on RTE One’s Dragons Den.

Sarah was spurred on the entrepreneurial path by a shock redundancy in 2015.  She had been making her own bone broth for about two years to help soothe her digestion issues, but the realisation that it was not at all convenient to make and that there was a growing interest in gut health planted the seed of a business. Sarah’s journey has progressed from losing her job, to starting her own company and gaining investment from one of the country’s top business people Alison Cowzer and all in a short 2 years! WOW!

RTÉ One’s hit agricultural show Big Week on the Farm
RTÉ One’s hit agricultural show Big Week on the Farm

RTÉ One’s hit agricultural show Big Week on the Farm started on Monday night and throughout the week has featured not one but three of our producers

Michael & Aisling Flanagan of Rockfield Dairy in Mayo
Michael & Aisling Flanagan of Rockfield Dairy in Mayo

Michael & Aisling Flanagan of Rockfield Dairy in Mayo produce Velvet Cloud Sheep’s Milk Yoghurt. Although Michael grew up on a farm in Mayo, he has spent over two decades working in operations, finance and business development roles in the IT and food industries with companies such as Glanbia and Hewlett-Packard. Whilst Aisling comes from a marketing & branding background, having worked for Bord Bia, Heinz, and Ogilvy Ireland. Working abroad they noticed the noticed the prevalence of sheep’s milk products in places like France and Italy and the surprising lack on Irish shelves despite the strong tradition of sheep farming in Ireland. This together with the consumer demand for healthy foods (Sheep’s milk contains 90% more calcium and 60% more protein than cow or goat milk and the doesn’t require any thickeners or need to be homogenised, making it perfect for the clean eating market) was the basis for the conception of Velvet Cloud. They went from international business to farm business in one giant leap! 

Johnny Lynch Macroom Buffalo Cheese
Johnny Lynch Macroom Buffalo Cheese

Cork farmer Johnny Lynch set up Macroom Buffalo Cheese less than two years ago.  He is the fifth generation on his farm Cill na Martra near Macroom. Originally a Friesian Dairy farmer, Johnny’s decision to introduce water buffalo a few years ago was partly financial, partly practical. He knew it would be difficult for the next generation to make a living out of cow dairy farming because of the poor prices farmers were getting for their milk. His diversification allowed for the development of produce with a unique USP and hopefully secured a future for his family.

Fishing tips from Mags Kirwan Goatsbridge Trout Farm
Fishing tips from Mags Kirwan Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Mags & Ger Kirwans story is a little different. Goatsbridge Trout Farm is in its 2nd generation   of business, originally founded in 1961 and selling Fresh Trout and smoked trout for many years, the couple have greatly contributed to the evolution of the business with the installation of a state of the art processing and packaging facility in 2010 and the addition of innovative new products like Trout Caviar and Pate. Who’d have guessed back in 1961 Irish Trout Caviar could be a thing!

We hear inspirational stories like these every day in Ardkeen but it’s a fantastic thing for the whole country to get to hear them too…like I said, some of these guys definitely have book to write.

  • Sadie’s Kitchen Comforting Chicken Bone Broth 350ml

    Sadie’s Kitchen Comforting Chicken Bone Broth 350ml

    Enjoy me: 

    • As a comforting hot drink
    • In smoothies or juices for a protein hit
    • In addition to meals as delicious stock
    • As a useful cooking liquid for rice, grains, and pulses

    Not just a broth: Our bone broth is slow-cooked to extract the very best flavour and gelatine. It's one of the world's first comfort foods and is an excellent addition to your cooking. 

    The bones of it: We source the finest free range Irish chicken, fresh from Ring's Farm in Co. Kilkenny. The chickens roam free for ten weeks and are rich in flavour for a delicious bone broth. 

    €4.50

  • Velvet Cloud Irish Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Natural 450g

    Velvet Cloud Irish Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Natural 450g

    • 100% Natural
    • Made on the farm in Mayo

    Why Sheep’s Milk?

    Digestion friendly sheep’s milk yogurt offers a tasty alternative to cow’s milk yogurt.

    Our naturally creamy sheep’s yogurt contains no additives, milk powders or sweeteners. All we add is yogurt cultures to our pure Irish sheep’s milk.

    Deliciously different….

    While our rich and luxurious yogurt is perfect on its own. It also makes for a great start to the day poured over your favourite cereal or fruit. For dinner try a dollop in savoury dishes or use it to top potatoes for a richer flavour. 

    €4.70

  • Goatsbridge Barbequed Rainbow Trout 100g

    Goatsbridge Barbequed Rainbow Trout 100g

    Delicious barbequed Rainbow Trout farmed at Goatsbridge Trout farm, then gently barbequed using the finest wood chipping. 

    At Goats Bridge Rainbow Trout farm, trout is our passion. Our knowledge and experience in of farming trout has been passed down through three generations. Each catch comes daily from the crystal clearwaters of the Little Arrigle River, giving our trout a unique taste and texture. We love trout and we know if you give it a try you will too!

    Trout pate is delicious and easy to make. All you need is 100gm smoked trout, 50gm cream cheese, 50gm mayonnaise a squeeze of lemon juice then blend by hand or with a mixer. It's that easy! 

    €4.50

  • Goatsbridge Premium & Irish Rainbow Trout Caviar 85g

    Goatsbridge Premium & Irish Rainbow Trout Caviar 85g

    Premium & Irish Rainbow Trout Caviar.

    €12.95

  • Goatsbridge Smoked Rainbow Trout 100g

    Goatsbridge Smoked Rainbow Trout 100g

    Delicious Smoked Rainbow Trout farmed at Goatsbridge Trout Farm, then gently smoked using the finest wood chippings. 

    At Goats Bridge Rainbow Trout farm, trout is our passion. Our knowledge and experience in of farming trout has been passed down through three generations. Each catch comes daily from the crystal clearwaters of the Little Arrigle River, giving our trout a unique taste and texture. We love trout and we know if you give it a try you will too!

    Smoked Trout Quiche

    Smoked trout is a simple and fresh protein centrepiece for any meal and works well as an alternative to ham in many egg dishes. How about trying smoked trout in a quiche wiht some spinach and chives!

    €4.00

  • Goatsbridge Trout Pate 125g

    Goatsbridge Trout Pate 125g

    At Goats Bridge Rainbow Trout farm, trout is our passion. Our knowledge and experience in of farming trout has been passed down through three generations. Each catch comes daily from the crystal clearwaters of the Little Arrigle River, giving our trout a unique taste and texture. We love trout and we know if you give it a try you will too. A smooth and creamy pate, made with BBQ trout and blended with cream chesse, mayonaisse and lemon juice.

    €3.75

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