If there’s one thing in Ireland that we should celebrate, it’s the amazing produce that we have.
In a country full of innovators and creators, I believe that it’s so important that we acknowledge the best food and drink producers who are working hard to get by.
Here are five more producers that caught my eye this week:
Irish Wagyu Beef
Beef farmers with a difference! This company imported full-blood Japanese Black Wagyu cattle as this breed is renowned for producing the very best quality beef.
The cattle are free range, where the calves are allowed to stay with their mothers and are then allowed to grow slowly until 30 months or more. Parcels of beef can be pre-ordered and all of their beef is reared on the family farm in the Ring of Gullion.
Burren Free Range Pork
Based in Co Clare, Burren Free Range Pork raise Saddleback and Tamworth pigs.
Happy to root around in extensive fields, these happy piggies have the freedom to be outdoors or inside the hay shed depending on the weather. Completely free from medications of any sort, the company doesn’t overstock and their pigs have access to good, lush grass.
Ballybryan Bronze Turkeys
A family-run business, the Lalors are highly experienced in rearing, processing and selling Open-Range Bronze Turkeys.
They began their business in 1995 with only 50 turkey birds and they now sell over 650 Bronze Turkeys each Christmas.
Producers of stuffing and handy batches of flavoured breadcrumbs, Mr Crumb has something unique that makes its products stand out. Based in Mullingar, the company was founded in 1996 by Bernard Coyle.
It has now grown into a multi-million euro company that supplies much more than breadcrumbs and stuffings, including crust toppings and melts, desserts, party foods and speciality foods using top quality ingredients.
Naturally Cordial is made from whole fruit to a traditional recipe, then gently pasteurised.
Made in Co. Wexford, they come in a variety of flavours including Lemon & Raspberry, Lemon & Lime, Orange & Lemon, Wexford Blackcurrant and Pink Grapefruit.
(All images via company websites and Facebook pages)