True community heart …

It’s a movement with a true community heart run by a voluntary committee of people who are passionate about food –  growing it, making it, cooking it, sharing it and eating it!
Please take some time to browse our members and see what wonderful services and produce that are available in our community.

We are always looking for people who carry the same passion for food so if you would like to join us please send us and email and we will look forward to meeting you.

A World of  Tastes right on our doorstep …

Below you’ll find short profiles of our local producers, some of whom are also local business owners using and encouraging home sourced produce and services.

Devour Bakery - Click for bio

In July of 2012 Devour Bakery
opened its 100% Irish Artisan
Bakery and sit down cafe in Church Lane, Ballinrobe,
Co. Mayo. Devour Bakery offers
a selection of the finest artisan
Wheat, Spelt and Gluten free
breads, Scones and Muffins freshly
baked every morning. We also specialize in Occasion, Novelty
and Wedding Cakes and work closely with our clients to create
a unique masterpiece for their special occasion.

W: www.devourbakery.ie
T: 094 952 1626

Connacht Pale Ale - Click for bio

Connacht Pale Ale brewed in the West Coast of Ireland. A beer made of a delicate blend of aromatic hops with a
solid malt profile combining to create a well-rounded citrus and spicy flavour with a rich honey colour. Like many craft beers this Pale Ale was created on a small home brew kit and is now produced on a commercial level and growing in popularity throughout the west
of Ireland.

T: 087 776 1569

http://www.connemarabrewery.com

Corofin Honey - Click for bio

My name is JJ Higgins and I had my first swarm of bees from a monk at the local monastery in 1960 and so began Corofin Apiaries. We have been keeping bees and providing honey to the local area ever since.

T: 087 9704679

Ryan’s Food Emporium - Click for bio

Ryan’s Butchers was established in the early 1960’s by Tom and
Helen Ryan. Their passion for food and locally sourced produce
has been passed on to us and we continuously strive to follow
the example they have set and the Ryan name has always been
synonymous with quality. Thomas and Michelle were wed in 2007.
It was around this time that Michelle, who had come from a long
line of quality cooks, with recipes passed down to her from both
her mother and grandmother, took an interest in taking over the
kitchen responsibilities. Ryan’s Food Emporium opened its doors
in 2010 and continues to develop its commitment to delicious,
locally sourced meat and fish as well as home baked breads,
including Michelle’s famous Ginger Guinness Fruit Bread.

W: www.ryansfoodemporium.com
E: ryansfoodemporium@gmail.com
T: 094 95 46035

American Village - Click for bio

America Village Apothecary is a small artisan business based in Baile Mheiriceá (America Village) in north Connemara, Co.Galway on the west coast of Ireland.

We make unique cocktail and culinary syrups for mixing with craft spirits or for use with food. Developed in 2015 the company was founded and is run by Claire Davey.

We aim to be the best and to continue to be innovative in this emerging and growing market, using our unique locally foraged flavours, carefully sourced ingredients and attention to detail.

Our values are based on working toward creating greater harmony regarding the way nature and community interact in our modern world.

http://www.americavillage.com/

Andarl Farm - Click for bio

Andarl farm near Claremorris Co Mayo produce velvet pork and bacon products which are used in award winning restaurants. Their pig adventure began with a Great White sow, Doris. But the couple then spent 3 years seeking out the right breed to get the fat-lean ratio they wanted. This resulted in the purchase of Harry, a Hyroc boar, which is a cross between a Duroc and a Pietrain, to breed with their Andarl Farm sows.

Andarl is right up there with the small handful of artisans who produce the best pork throughout Ireland, and the good news, for those of us who live far away from the various outlets where they sell their pork in Counties Mayo and Galway, is that you can get Dave to post you a box of the Andarl pork. We got everything from pork and apple burgers, superb dry-cured rashers, delicious sausages, beautiful roasting joints, and there is still a small ham in the freezer, awaiting the right special dinner.

 

http://www.andarlfarm.ie/

Velvet Cloud - Click for bio

Velvet Cloud is a handmade natural sheep’s milk yogurt, made on our family farm in Co Mayo in the West of Ireland where the family have been farming for generations. Due to our mild wet climate our ewes graze an abundance of grass and clover pastures for almost the entire year. We use just two ingredients: fresh sheep’s milk from our flock of Friesland and Lacaune ewes and yogurt cultures.

http://www.velvetcloud.ie/

Gannets Fish - Click for bio

GANNET: Ireland’s largest native sea bird. From their established colonies, they travel hundreds of miles along our coasts in search of the best fishing grounds.

FISHMONGERS: are the talented and professional people on our team. It takes serious motivation and dedication to be in this job for so many years. The fish trade is not for everyone.

From our beginnings, 10 years ago, @ the Galway Saturday market, Gannet Fishmongers has grown to become one of the most respected fish businesses in Ireland. We supply the finest seafood to thousands of households and to the best restaurants along the Wild Atlantic Way.

The quality of our catch, our expertise and the enjoyment the Gannet team puts into their work has earned us the business, respect and friendship of many chefs and other fish predators.

https://www.facebook.com/Gannet.fishmongers/

Hyde Whiskey - Click for bio

The Rugged County Cork Coast in Ireland provides the perfect maturing conditions for our award winning Irish whiskey. Originally distilled in a traditional copper pot still, HYDE Irish Whiskey is double matured; firstly, in flame charred, first fill, oak bourbon casks, and then ‘finished’ in either a vintage Oloroso Sherry cask or dark Caribbean Rum cask.

HYDE is handcrafted in very small limited edition batches and non-chill filtered for a more original character. HYDE is a presidential quality whiskey, celebrating the inaugural appointment of Ireland’s very first president Douglas Hyde.

A 100% malted Irish barley whiskey from a single distillery – HYDE Pure Single Malt is a true taste of Ireland.

http://hydewhiskey.ie/

Micil Poitin - Click for bio

Named after the distiller’s great, great grandfather Micil Mac Chearra. This is a traditional style poitin made in a micro-distillery in Galway city. It is made from Irish grain and flavoured lightly with locally sourced bogbean.

Every bottle is carefully handcrafted in our micro-distillery in Galway using 100% Irish grain and bogbean botanical. From its initial hint of spice, honey and lightly toasted malt through to its smooth velvety finish, this is a poitín to truly savour.

https://www.facebook.com/micilpoitin/

Aran Islands Goats Cheese - Click for bio

Based on Inis Mór (The largest of the Aran Islands)

Gabriel of Aran Goat’s Cheese will introduce you to his herd of goats and take you through the process of making his award winning product before sampling and experiencing the range for yourself. His beautiful Nubian and Saanen goats graze on the unique pastures of the Aran Island. The climate is perfect for the grass herbs as the island is served by the Gulf Stream. The unique diet of the goats gives the cheese its unique, delicious flavour

http://www.arangoatcheese.com/

Tribal Foods - Click for bio

Tribal Foods produce a range of sauces, dressings, chutneys and preserves made according to traditional recipes from around the world using ingredients grown on our farm in Athenry. All our products use only natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives or colourings. They are all vegetarian & vegan friendly. Strawberry Chilli Dressing, Belizean Dressing, Sweet Chilli Dressing
Courgette Conserve, Pear Preserve, Piri-Piri Sauce and Jalapeno Sauce

https://www.facebook.com/TribalFoods/

McGeoughs Butcher - Click for bio

Based in Oughterard, Co Galway, we are a food retailer and manufacturer. Our shop is located on Camp Street where we primarily sell meat but also have a wide range of individually selected specialist foods including fresh sausages, puddings, dried meats, cheeses, dairy, eggs, sauces, oils, chutneys, juices, pastas and wines

http://www.connemarafinefoods.ie/

Lizzy’s Jams - Click for bio

Lizzy’s Homemade Jams and Chutneys are Made with Love in Caherlistrane, County Galway, Ireland. Choose from Plum & Apple Jam, Orange Marmalade, Sweet Chilli Relish, Chutney for Cheese, Tomato & Fennel and Sweet Onion Relish. Dairy & Gluten Free.

Lizzy’s Homemade Jams & Chutneys are based in Caherlistrane, Co. Galway, 5 mins from Headford, 10 mins from Tuam, and only 20 mins from Galway City.

Set in the rolling countryside synonymous with County Galway, stone walls, mountains, and in close proximity to Lough Corrib. Lizzy draws her inspiration from her surroundings using the best local produce, wild garlic, blackberries from the local hedgerows.

We recently took part in the Galway Food Festival 2014 with the support of Made in Galway, to great success.

https://www.facebook.com/LizzysHomemadeJamsChutneys/

Organic Seaweed Company - Click for bio

We aim to provide you with sustainably harvested, local, edible seaweeds and introduce these as an alternative food source that is healthy, nutritional, tasty, and good for the environment. It is important to acknowledge the importance of seaweeds for marine life and we need to balance this with its use by humans. We therefore adopt an ecosystem approach, meaning that we promote conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.

Most, if not all, the seaweeds currently for sale have travelled thousands of kilometres to reach your local supermarket and food shop, often all the way from China. Small-scale, local produce really is key to a happier life and leads to a lower carbon footprint. By providing produce from our own waters we hope to contribute to a low-carbon economy that takes care of its environment. We really hope and believe that seaweed becomes part of everyone’s diet and that we come to recognise it for what it is. A superfood, both environmentally and nutritionally!

http://www.connemaraseaweedcompany.ie/

Kellys of Newport - Click for bio

Walk into Kelly’s Butchers and you immediately know you’re somewhere different. Two twinkle-eyed brothers in smart straw boaters and striped aprons stand behind the counter, cheerfully chatting with customers and suggesting recipes. A bewildering display of meats, delicious readymade meals and of course puddings and sausages compete for attention. Ever tried a banana sausage? How about a spicy chilli version, a lamb sausage or one subtly flavoured with herbs? Maybe the classic favourite breakfast sausage is the one for you.

This is what a real butchers shop should be, a combination of the best traditional methods and artisan skills given a contemporary twist. We are butchers with a genuine interest and love for our craft and our products and we maintain a deep connection with our hometown and county

http://www.kellysbutchers.com/

Killary Fjord Shellfish - Click for bio

We are Simon and Kate Kennedy. We started Killary Fjord Shellfish back in 1989 in what we still think is the most stunningly beautiful location imaginable. We live and work right on the shores of Killary Fjord, which also just happens to be the best place in the country to produce top quality mussels.

Simon spent many years fishing commercially in Alaska, another outstandingly scenic place. After that harsh and isolated environment, Killary and Connemara will never seem remote or inclement to him! Simon manages the entire mussel farming, harvesting and purification operation and enjoys a 90 second commute to work.

Kate skipped the Pacific Ocean phase, instead she handles all of the sales and marketing for the business.

http://killaryfjordshellfish.com/

Achill Island Sea Salt - Click for bio

Achill Island Sea Salt was founded by the O’Malley  family in July 2013. The inspiration for their new business came from a documentary on sea salt and the desire to revive the age old but long forgotten tradition of salt production on the island up to the 1820’s. In the time honoured tradition, they began in the family kitchen. Ever increasing demand for this award winning sea salt  required  a move to their current pilot plant and we hope to be in full commercial production this year.

http://www.achillislandseasalt.ie/

Cuinneog Butter - Click for bio

Cuinneog Butter was established by Tom and Sheila Butler and their Family on the Butler family farm in the West of Ireland in 1990.

“Cuinneog” is the Irish word “Churn”. The Butlers produce their Irish Farmhouse Country Butter and Natural Buttermilk using churning techniques passed from one generation to another that date back over 2,000 years and certainly before Facebook and Twitter! Cuinneog has received many awards for its products over the past few years including the “Eirgrid Euro-toques” food award for excellence in quality and traditional production methods in 2010 and more recently won 3 gold stars and listed in the Top 50 Foods at the Great Taste Awards 2015.

In addition both Cuinneog’s Irish Farmhouse Country Butter and Natural Buttermilk were featured on the menu for the State Banquet in honour of the Queen Elizabeth in Dublin Castle on the occasion of the visit of Queen to Ireland.

The Butlers are proud to return to produce Cuinneog products using Ireland’s long tradition in the art of butter making that provides the original flavour of the Celts, a flavour that has been with us since before there were creameries and one that can take centre stage on the kitchen table again.

http://www.cuinneog.com/

Achill Mountain Lamb - Click for bio

Achill Mountain Lamb is the exclusive product of Calveys Farm Abattoir & Butchers on Achill Island and refers specifically to Mayo Blackface Mountain Lambs born and reared in their Achill habitat, the sea misted heather hills and mountains of Achill Island and raised solely on a natural diet of herbs, heathers, grasses ,mosses and lichens, then traditionally butchered & bespoke-crafted in Calveys Abbatoir & Butchers, Keel, Achill, Co. Mayo. Deliverery arranged nationwide to homes and trade outlets.

Carcasses and joints of Achill Mountain Lamb available butchered and hand crafted to your requirements.

http://calveysachillmountainlamb.ie/

McDonagh’s Farm - Click for bio

The first OGI farm walk of 2013 took place on Eamonn and Geraldine McDonagh’s farm near Kilmaine, Co. Mayo on 17th June.

The McDonaghs run a 30 acre mixed farm carrying a wide range of enterprises and the family is practically self-sufficient in food. They produce about 1 1/2 – 2 acres field vegetables along with a 31 ft x 35 ft tunnel for protected crops. The farm also has 15 ewes, 4 dexter cattle, 1 jersey house cow, pigs and poultry.

This farm has probably the lowest carbon footprint of any in the country. All of the farm work is done with working horses trained by Eamonn. Over the course of years he has brilliantly adapted and designed a wide range of farm machinery to cater for practically every conceivable farm job and he demonstrated the uses to an attentive audience. Later in the evening he gave a demonstration of weed control in his potato crop using his horse and grubber.