We love getting products from Ireland’s suppliers into your hands. This week, see how it’s not only possible but easy to support Irish producers when stocking your pantry with the essentials — and a few well-deserved treats.
Move over, olive — Ireland has its own versatile oil that handles high heat and tastes lovely on its own. Second Nature Organic Rapeseed Oil is cold-pressed for maximum nutrition and flavour and made from “soil to oil” in Co. Kilkenny from sustainable, bee-friendly rapeseed crops.
No pantry should be without a bottle of apple cider vinegar, and we think the one from Natural Rebel is a great choice. This light-tasting vinegar is unpasteurised and made in West Cork from Irish apples, spring-fed well water and a wild-captured cider vinegar mother.
Irish Atlantic Sea Salt Flakes are produced on the Beara Peninsula by a family who marries traditional salt production methods with modern energy-saving techniques. The result is a completely natural salt, rich in sea minerals with a crisp texture and clean flavour.
The family behind Wild Irish Foragers & Preservers gather the ingredients for their syrups, shrubs and preserves from the wild plants around their farm in Co. Offaly. Their product recipes are based on traditional ones, rooted in Ireland’s culinary heritage.
Sea Vegetables for Cooking
From Co. Sligo we get hand-harvested Carraig Fhada Seaweed. Their carrageen does the trick for replacing gelatine to thicken desserts, adding nutritional boosts to broths and stews, and making the indispensable wintertime drink remedy: hot carrageen with lemon and honey.
The family-run Wild Irish Sea Veg company, situated on the coast of Co. Clare, supplies us with certified organic dried seaweed that’s sustainably harvested. They always gather their seaweed in season from waters that are regularly tested to ensure a high-quality, nutritious product.
Quality Sea Veg in Donegal have harvested and dried seaweeds for the Irish and European markets since 1986. When steeped in hot water, their Atlantic wakame makes an apt vegan substitute for fish stock.
We’re lucky at Organico to work with the National Learning Network (NLN). We provide employment-based training to NLN students through work placements in the cafe and shop. When in season, they provide us with seasonal organic vegetables, fruit and flowers grown by NLN students in the horticultural program.
Discover our other suppliers of locally grown produce here.
The Hungry Crow out of Clonakilty produces fresh chocolates and confectionery made only of wholesome, nourishing ingredients. The company artfully plays with ingredients such as raw cacao, medjool dates, fresh and dried fruit, nuts and coconut to create unique, fanciful flavour combinations.
We’re very proud that one of Ireland’s only bean-to-bar chocolate producers is in West Cork. Clonakilty Chocolate supports a better chocolate supply chain through the thoughtful selection of the elements that comprise each bar: fairtrade cocoa beans from Ghana, natural sweeteners, Irish dairy and biodegradable packaging.
One more from Clonakilty: Mella’s Fudge — this is one for all of you who crave old-fashioned fudge, the kind that crumbles on the tongue in buttery goodness. So good, we just had to include Mella’s Fudge in our Irish hampers.
Your Go-To Refreshment
Irish Hedgerow Sparkling Elderflower is made in South Tipperary of wild elderflower and Irish mineral water. It makes for a refreshing drink any time of year, but we find it particularly suitable for an All-Irish picnic basket, so we made sure to include the drink in our hampers.
Want to discover more of Ireland’s makers? Have a read through "Have You Tried These Products from Our Local Suppliers?", the first post in our local producers series. And stay tuned, we have many more suppliers to share with you!