Questions & Answers

Are your vegetables and food organic?

We do not use any synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs. We are gradually turning our open field into a diverse habitat for wildlife as well as a site for food production.

Because we are not certified organic, we cannot, by law, describe ourselves as organic producers or describe the produce we sell as organic. We describe our products as 'naturally grown', an empty term legally but one that is descriptive of what we do.

Do you grow and produce everything yourselves?

All of our fresh produce is grown by ourselves, except for rare cases where we receive donations of excess produce. When we started out, we supplemented our own produce with a few extra vegetables bought in from larger organic farms. However, we now sell only what we grow ourselves. It was difficult to weigh up the pros and cons, but in the end it made sense both on principle and as a way of making sure that our produce was always fresh and of the highest quality.

Our processed foods — preserves, honey, etc. — are made for us by family members at The Cobbler's Bridge in possession of culinary skills superior to ours. The honey comes from their own bee-hives, and the preserves feature fruits and vegetables grown naturally on their land or on ours, or foraged locally in the wild. Any extra ingredients bought in are certified organic.

Can I drop by the farm to buy produce or for a visit?

Unfortunately, we cannot currently facilitate casual drop-by farm sales. However, we can accommodate pick-up of items purchased through our click-and-collect online shop, where you can order a selection from our current offerings between midday on Sunday and midnight on Thursday for pick-up on Saturday between 12:00 and 6:00. (For plants, the pick-up arrangements are advised individually.)

We can only welcome visitors by pre-arrangement. Contact us by e-mail if you would like to see what we are up to.

Can I buy or order online?

Yes — you can use our online click-and-collect service to order items between midday on Sunday and midnight on Thursday for pick-up from the farm on the following Saturday between 12:00 and 6:00 (Farm).

You can also buy our plants and produce (though not preserves or gardening aids) via the North Tipperary Online Farmer's Market in Cloughjordan.

Do you deliver?

We do not currently offer a delivery service. At some stage we will be able to make local deliveries, and are looking at ways in which we can work with other distributors and networks to facilitate a wider delivery service.

Do you use environmentally friendly packaging?

As far as fresh produce is concerned, the majority of our market customers bring their own bags for loose larger vegetables; for our own packaging, we use paper bags except for salad leaves. We are no longer packaging salads in single-use plastic bags or providing such bags at our market stall. Instead, a food-safe reusable nylon mesh bag is used as packaging. The cost is included in the prices quoted here and on our online shop; however, if you bring your own container to collect/buy produce at the farm, we will transfer the salads to your container and refund 50c per bag. If you are buying via the North Tipperary Online Farmers' Market, you can receive a refund of 50c on return of the bag. Robust vegetables are packaged in paper bags.

Do you source your materials from Irish manufacturers and suppliers?

It is very important for us to support local and national enterprises and initiatives, and we make a real effort to use Irish materials, equipment and services. Much of the equipment and materials we use is manufactured abroad, though, so we also order from European suppliers / manufacturers. Occasionally, we order specialist products (such as organic heirloom seeds) from abroad as well.