How to support local producers during COVID-19 crisis

Wexford’s local farmers and food producers, now more than ever, need our support. This pandemic is endangering family businesses that have been in our local community for such a long time, creating jobs, promoting food in Wexford and delivering to the local economy. Thus, supporting local businesses and local producers has never been so important. 

We are proud to say highlight how quickly so many of the Wexford producers are adapting and now offering their products online and safely deliver to your door or set collection points. Some of them sell online on their own brand websites, many offer their products through the new platform and Neighbourfood and most are listed on the Taste Wexford website for quick access to see what’s available online across County Wexford. 

The more money spent directly with small local businesses rather than big chains will help your community bounce back to full recovery. Small companies spend the money you give them with other businesses within their local community.

Taste Wexford – all about local producers

Taste Wexford has worked closely with these local producers to develop the bespoke Taste Wexford Hamper Collection. Each hamper is packed full of delicious Wexford produce and stunning handcrafted keepsakes. Beautifully presented in a burnt-finish wooden crate, these exclusive hampers are a gift that will leave a lasting impression. There are currently two hampers available to choose from, The Clever Bean Hamper is €100 or The Wexford Honey Hamper is €85 both include delivery cost within Ireland. These hampers are exclusive to #TasteWexford and make for a truly unique seasonal gift. Ideal for birthday, anniversary, missing you gift or treating someone special these hampers are sure to leave a lasting impression. We are delighted to say that both Taste Wexford hampers have been selling so well and being shipped to so many loved ones with gorgeous messages during these challenging times. Shop here

NeighbourFood– Wexford’s online market

NeighbourFood has one mission, and it is to “to bring the best produce to your table, support our incredible local food producers and build a community around delicious food”. Their online Wexford market is open from Saturday to Tuesday, with three collection points across Wexford every Thursday.

COLLECTION POINT 1
Castle Lane 
Brownswood Enniscorthy
Co. Wexford Y21HK49

COLLECTION POINT 2
McDonalds Car Park
Drinagh Retail Park 
Sinnottstown Lane 
Drinagh
Co.WexfordY35CA24

COLLECTION POINT 3
Gorey Train Station
Knockmullen
Gorey Co. Wexford

Through this platform, you can easily buy the very best local products online, coming directly from your local farmers and food producers. There are currently twenty five producers offering their products through the NeighbourFood Wexford online market. 

The 25 producers include:

Regan Organic Farm

Stafford’s Butchers

Gorse Farm

Macamore Buffalo

Le Caveau Wine Merchants

Stafford Irish Spirits Co

Ballyminane mills

The Wine Buff Gorey

O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co

Bramble Cottage Kitchen

Slaney Farms Produce Ltd

Wheelock Fruits

Naturally Cordial Ltd

Wild about

Bean and Goose

Fancy Fungi Gourmet Mushrooms

FairField farm fresh milk

The Flowerfield

Tinahely Farmshop

Ballydane

Jacob Blackcurrants

Carlow Farmhouse Cheese

The Strand Cahore

Coffee house lane

All of the products listed in a NeighbourFood market from local farmers or artisan producers. At the moment this platform is available in Enniscorthy, Wexford and Gorey.

Wexford Local producers selling online during the lockdown

Here is a list of our favorite Wexford local producers:

O’Neills Dry Cured Bacon Co.

O’Neill’s Dry Cured Bacon Co. offers a range of various products, such as dry-cured rashers, streaky rashers, ham fillets, bacon steaks, sausages, black pudding, bacon jam and bacon loins, all of which you can easily buy through their website here. O´Neill’s has won numerous prestigious awards and is highly acclaimed by food critics and is the chosen bacon of many of the top chefs in Ireland.

It also offers three different hampers to choose from: Sliabh Bhuidhe (Breakfast for 6), Blackstairs (Brunch/Lunch) or Mount Leinster (Weekend). Prices between €20 and €50. You can view them here

Macamore Buffalo

Macamore Buffalo’s available products include Striploin Steaks, Rib Eye Steaks, Fillets, 100% burgers (Gluten-Free), Buffalo dinner sausages, Top Rib Roast, Sirloin Roast, Chuck Steak/Brisket, Lean Mince and Premium Steak Pieces. Shop online here or call/text 0878240275 with your order. Current price list listed below.

Price list:

2 x 7oz Striploin Steaks €12

2 x 7oz Sirloin Steaks €10

2 x 7oz Rib Eye Steaks €12

2 x 6oz Fillet €15.00

4 x 6oz 100% burgers 10€ (Gluten Free)

1 pk of Buffalo dinner sausages €6

Top Rib Roast €14.99/kg

Sirloin Roast €14.99/kg

Chuck Steak/Brisket (great for slow cooking) €11.99/kg

Lean Mince €11.99kg

Premium Steak Pieces €11.99/kg

Ballyhack Smokehouse

Ballyhack Smokehouse is an award-winning purveyor of Artisan Beech Smoked Salmon, Smoked Irish Organic Salmon and Wild Irish Smoked Salmon. Shop online here or  text your order, name, address and eircode to 085 2469823. You will be texted back with a payment link and delivery date. Current price list listed below.

You should also try one of their delicious recipes which they have recently shared on Twitter.

Bean and Goose

For a treat, look at the Bean and Goose chocolates. Their own Tasting club is an ideal gift for that special person in your life. You can gift someone a Bean and Goose subscription here. There are 3, 6 and 9 months subscriptions available. Gifting someone a subscription to the Bean and Goose Tasting Club is giving them a joyful chocolate celebration each month. They receive a once off seasonal creation from their Bean Lab and a bar from their core range. You can customise the gift with wrapping and a handwritten note making it a personal and thoughtful experience. Or just shop for some delicious treats here.

Bean and Goose Chocolate Slab

Naturally Cordial

Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe, then pasteurised. Based in Co. Wexford, local fruit from our neighbours and friends is used, along with organic citrus fruit, to make sure the cordials are bursting with flavour. Available in 10 different flavours, the award-winning cordials are not your run-of-the-mill squash. They’re 100% natural, with no artificial sweeteners, flavourings or enhancers. They’re made fresh in the kitchen, never from concentrate. Three simple ingredients are added: water, sugar and a small quantity of citric acid. You can easily shop online here.

Wildabout

Award winning foods from seasonal and wild ingredients, grown and made by hand on our organic permaculture farm in Wexford. Wild About is a new and innovative range of hand-crafted Artisan products and gifts made from Ireland’s wealth of native wild ingredients. Our products are made from seasonal fruits , vegetables, herbs, and berries sourced locally, foraged in the wild, or grown in our own permaculture gardens in Co. Wexford, Ireland. You can shop online here.

Zaeire

Leigh started making chocolates from her kitchen in 2013. At that stage, it was much more of a hobby. She soon realised that this was a business opportunity and seized the day. The name Zaeire comes from the coming together of South Africa (ZA), Leigh’s homeland and Ireland (EIRE), her husband’s homeland. As she says, “it is the story of my husband and I”. You can shop Leigh’s delicious collections here

Chocolate experiences with Zaeire