If you’ll ask my friends to describe what I like in 3 words, they’ll no doubt say stripes, puppies and food. I love cooking food, and I like eating food even more! And now I have found shopping for food much more enjoyable thanks to lovely and sort-of local Honest2Goodness farmers market in Glasnevin.
Honest2Goodness is a brainchild of siblings Brid and Colm Carter, hiding just off Finglas Road. It’s an indoors market that is opened once a week on Saturdays from 9:30 to 4, and it has plenty to offer. So much, in fact, that Mr&I feel no need to stop anywhere else on the way home, unless it is for some unusual ingredient.
So, what can you expect?
H2G will greet you with flowers – McEvoy Flowers grown in Co.Louth.
You are feeling better already, aren’t you? But no time to spend at the flowers stand now (do stop on the way out!), as the rest of the place opens right in front of you.
I usually turn right and head straight to The Whole Hoggs, who are farming rare breed pigs in co.Meath and make the most delicious smoked rashers you will ever taste (not the best pic, but I felt they won’t let me re-arrange them so they look more aesthetically pleasing;)). The sausages are not too shabby either.
Next to Ryan’s Farm for whatever catches the eye for Sunday dinner. As well as free-range beef, lamb and pork, you can also get organic poultry at the counter, free bones for your stock, and chorizo sausages are a must-try.
From there on it’s usually straight to the H2S Pantry and Wines, but for the last two weeks there’s been a new addition to the market, Llewellyns Orchard, and their steaming cauldron of Orchard Glow mulled apple juice. They offer an optional whiskey shot, but those of us lucky not to have a drivers licence (ahem, me), read it as obligatory whiskey shot. Delicious and so warming as the days and the market gets colder.
But on to the pantry, where you can buy milk (unhomogenized – such a rarity), yoghurts, cheeses, fresh herbs, spices, cupboard staples and wine, amongst other things.
Before we retire to the café, quick stop to get the vegetables – it’s not all about the meat, you know! Both Dublin Meath Growers Association and Spring Cottage Organic Farm have a wide selection of veggies, and both also sell eggs.
Feel like we have worked hard for that coffee and a snack! The café area also has a small crafts market, and they will be hosting a pre-Christmas Craft and Gift fair on the 4th of December.
On the way out, final stop get olives from The Lilliput Trading Company, delicious salamis from The Wooded Pig Charcuterie and you daily loaf from Arun Bakery. And not forgetting those flowers too!
You can also find stalls selling organic nuts, seeds and dried fruit, fishmongers, Italian delicatessen, sushi stall, pizza truck, few bakeries with tempting treats, chutneys, Greek food stall and a charity book stall. Isn’t it a lot for one warehouse? If you live or happen to be in vicinity, I’d highly recommend a visit.
Honest2Goodness is located at 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 (tucked away just past Lidl). Being in the industrial estate that is pretty much shut down for the week-end means there is plenty of parking – a huge bonus! It certainly beats a Tesco/Dunnes/Lidl run.