Celebrate organic produce
The last decade has seen a phenomenal rise in interest in all things organic. Organic food is widely available both in our supermarkets and in new, more-specialist retail outlets as well as in country and farmers’ markets, of which there are many in the county (Westport, Achill, Ballinrobe, Ballina, Mulranny to name a few).
Next week is National Organic Week (September 13-19), providing a great opportunity to find out more about organic production for yourself by visiting organic farms and gardens and talking to organic producers.
There are many well-known organic producers in Mayo. Why not find out how they do it and why they are producing organically? Here are just a few:
- Lorraine O’Donoghue, Partry House, Claremorris, small mixed farm with self catering accommodation
- Cornucopia Ireland, Lettermaghera, Newport, organic fruit trees and bushes
- Clarke’s Salmon Smokery, Ballina, open daily 9am-6pm
- Carrokeel Seafoods, The Pier, Killala, smoked organic salmon
- Calvey’s Butchers, Keel Achill Island, organic Achill Island lamb
- Benedict Jordan, Rehins, Ballina, Aberdeen Angus cross wholesale
The Organic Centre in Leitrim is marking National Organic Week with a free guided tour and a free Organic Guide to all visitors to the centre on Sunday, September 19 (2pm). In Mayo, The Food Store, Ballyhaunis Road, Claremorris is running an organic food-tasting event on September 17 and 18, while Enniscoe Organic Garden in Ballina is holding its Enniscoe Harvest Picnic and Allotment Day on September 18.
Hans Wieland is joint manager of The Organic Centre, Co Leitrim. For more information, visit www.theorganiccentre.ie, e-mail info@theorganiccentre or phone 071 9854338.