- Much better for the environment- no airmiles and less plastic is used in the packaging of the produce.
- Fresh and seasonal produce- you will find the freshest of seasonal produce on offer which means it tastes much better than pre packed vegetables that have flown thousands of miles before ending up in your shopping basket.
- The chance to build a connection with your local producers and farmers- shopping directly from the farmer allows you to build a relationship and connection with them and understand what goes into the production of the food you eat. This is particularly great for children and it allows them to understand where there food comes from.
- The experience- come to the market, browse, smell and take in the sights and sounds. Grab a coffee and slow down for just a few minutes! Much better than a manic supermarket sweep.
Farmer's Markets and Farm Shops in the Boyne Valley
Rock Farm Slane
This picturesqu certified organic farm on the banks of the River Boyne at Slane is home to a weekly Farmer's Market, the Slane Neighbourfood Market and a year round Honesty Box.
Rock Farm is a NeighbourFood collection point. NeighbourFood allows you to put together a shop from Rock Farm and other local producers and artisans, all of which is ordered and paid online beforehand. You then collect your box on Thursday from 3pm to 6pm.
Orders for Thursday are to be placed by Tuesday 11.55pm.
Farmer’s Market & Farm Shop
They run a growing Farmer’s Market every Thursday from 11am-4pm. As well as organic meat and vegetables from Rock Farm, you can shop with lots of other stallholders who have goodies such as; local cider, candles, hats, gluten free cakes and delicious takeaway food on offer.
The Honesty Box
If you cannot make it to the market Rock Farm sell organic eggs and vegetables, as well as the odd bunch of cut flowers and potted plants from the Honesty Box, which is located on the farm. It is topped up on a daily basis and can be accessed by prior arrangement.
Please contact them on 041 988 4861 or email@example.com to pre-order for collection from the Honesty Box. They will need at least 3 hours notice for Honesty Box orders
Learn more about all of Rock Farm Slane offerings over at https://rockfarmslane.ie/farm-shop/
Sheridan’s Shop and Saturday Market
Hogan’s Farm Shop
Clarke's Farm Shop
Ballymakenny BF Spudshack
Swainstown Farm Shop
Also known as The Piggery this unique shop is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10-3pm.
In their quirky, rustic barn you will find a selection of homegrown Swainstown veg, flowers, 100% pasture fed lamb and a lovely selection of other local produce. This is also the collection point for their Veg Membership boxes.
Learn more about The Piggery and Swainstown Farm over here https://www.swainstownfarm.com/
The Fishermans Catch
The Fishermans Catch Fish Shop is located on the harbour at Clogherhead in county Louth. The shop is unique in that its produce is caught and delivered directly to the shop from its own fishing boat, the M.F.V. Argonaut IV, which is based in Clogherhead, but fishes the waters of both the Irish and Celtic seas.
The fish, which are caught and delivered directly from the harbour to the shop, are filleted on the premises and displayed for sale on the shop’s ice counter. The shop also stocks a large selection of whole fish that can either be purchased whole or filleted and D-boned to order. A range of locally sourced shellfish is also available.
Find out more about The Fisherman's Catch over here http://www.fishermanscatch.ie/index.html
Merci Beaucoup Cakes Shop
If you really want to treat yourself one weekend head for the Merci Beaucoup Cake Shop just outside the town of Ardee in County Louth. Here, husband and wife team- Jeremy and Alona create the most stunning french pattiseries, cakes, breads and pastries. Coffee also available on Saturdays.
Open 12-4pm Friday 10-4pm Saturday
Find out more over here https://mercibeaucoupcakes.ie/