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Support local with Neighbour Food

Thursday, 9th April, 2020 9:58am

Neighbour Food is a relatively new initiative set up to offer the very best produce online, direct from local farmers and food producers and it’s coming into its own now.

A number of new collection points have been set up in Cork recently and there are now collection points in Cork city, Douglas, Kinsale, Doneraile, East Cork, Skibbereen, Macroom and Drimoleague.

To use the service, simply go to www.neighbourfood.ie and sign up. You can shop from all the traders under one site and collect safely and contactless on a set day each week.

Sarah Milner of Pure Raw Energy makes healthy all natural energy snacks from scratch with no added sugar or any other additives. Her main product is energy balls. She says the service is vital for her business.

“Usually on Saturday morning you'd find my stall, Pure Raw Energy along with about 30 plus other traders at the Midleton farmers market. It’s loved by locals and has been for years and there's always a great buzz around.

“Obviously since the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been unable to trade at the market which is a huge blow to small business as well as our customers,” she said.

“We were delighted to hear that Darina Allen had set up an East Cork hub of Neighbour Food at Ballymaloe, so all the traders can now be found online. You can support us and help us to keep going so that when all this ends all your favourite traders will still be there! It's simple as that. It's a win-win for customers and traders all round.”

Collections are every Saturday from 1pm-3pm at Ballymaloe for the East Cork collection point. The shop is open for orders until Thursday night at midnight. See www.neighbourfood.ie/eastcork for details. Other producers available at the East Cork collection point include Ahern’s Organic Farm, Green Saffron, Loving Salads, The Real Olive Company, Toon’s Bridge and more.

Other collection points have different collection days. See www.neighbourfood.ie for more on other areas.

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