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Cork food producers moving with the times

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 3:54pm

Our shopping habits have changed over the years with online shopping being the preferred method by many people under 40 years old.

I personally don’t like it that much – I still prefer to see and feel the items I plan to buy and have a chat with the staff.

But apparently, I am a dying breed. Some local businesses have embraced the trend by offering online shopping like Bradley’s in North Main Street and wine merchants Curious Wines and Bubble Brothers.

Other people would like to visit shops and markets but due to work commitments and time restrictions can’t.

Now imagine being able to order the best of Cork’s produce online and picking the order up at a time that suits people on their way home?

A dream you might say – not if you check out Neighbour Food. The brainchild of Jack Crotty of The Rocket Man Food Co., the online platform offers food lovers to order food grown and produced by local farmers, growers and artisan producers.

You will not find mass-produced wannabe food in this market. Each week, the online market will open for you on Wednesdays and you can place your order until Sunday.

Your order is ready for pickup on Tuesdays between 5–7pm. 21 producers have signed up for the online market with a selection that includes free-range chicken, organic veggies, fermented tonics, freshly made ready-to-eat meals, buffalo meat, chocolate, beer, ice cream, freshly cut flowers, real bread, natural/biodynamic wines, sweet treats, pantry essentials and even kindling and logs. Christmas bakes and other festive treats will also be available. I wish Jack and his team all the best for this new venture. Of you would like to join, check out neighbourfood.ie.

On a different market – I hope you can visit the Blarney Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 25 November in the Blarney Golf Resort (the old Kerry Road).

We have a wonderful array of crafts and arts from Christmas decorations, handmade candles, natural skincare and soaps, origami, macramé, handmade bags, hats and scarfs, dolls, books, recycled crafts to jewellery.

The fair is open from 11am – 5pm and there is a man crèche in form of a pub where you can rest your tired legs.

Come (free entry) and meet the crafters and artists and find that special gift you have always been looking for.

 

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