In Organico Bantry we are constantly trying to find new local suppliers of organic produce. Currently we stock: potatoes from Vincent (certified organcic); eggs and cheese from Gubbeen; Carraig Goats Cheese from Art Verschloot; salad and other veggies from Kristin (certified organic) and from Paul; honey in jars, squares and tubs (still in the comb) from about 5 different sources (all of whom avoid sugar-feeding their bees); soap made with Buttermilk from up on the Beara peninsula; fantastic organic teas from Peppermint Farm (including my personal favourite 'Splendid Woman's Tea'), cheese from Durrus Cheese; strawberries and squash from Danny Miles; and lovely berries from George.
We need: more veggies, more cheeses, more berries (they are so good in smoothies!) and more herbs (especially corriander!).
We also stock Glenisk Irish milk, which we use in our Cafe; Glenisk Organic yoghurts; Irish Organic Essential Oils from Atlantic Aromatics; Irish Organic Herbal Tinctures; and a fantastic Sea Calcium from Marigot which is made from seaweed sourced in the Irish Sea. Oh and some Irish wines made from fruit sourced in Ireland (not organic unfortunately) and from wild berries (Wines of the Glen).
As I have said before, local sourcing is hard work; it takes time and patience. But for good food it is the only way to go. What we are trying to be in our own small pond is an outlet for products from people who are serious about what they are growing and producing. We would like to hear from others who are in our position and also from anyone who might want to supply us (with Irish products!).