An expanding range of familiar and not-so-familiar vegetables and fruit from our own farm, supplemented very occasionally with produce from other Irish natural or organic growers. See more below.
During the growing season, we sell herbs, vegetables and flowers in pots and modules for you to transplant to your own garden or planters. We use top-grade Klasmann peat-free organic compost and organic seeds. See more below.
Preserves, condiments, &c
We occasionally have jams, chutneys and other preserves featuring our own produce or other naturally grown and wild produce from Laois. Home-made in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom mountains!
The price lists below show current prices for items that are in season/stock. See the 'about' sections for more details about fresh produce pricing units and plant & transplant pricing structure and container deposit/refund option.
Plants & Transplants
Preserves, condiments, etc.
About our Fresh Produce
Virtually all of our fresh produce is sold by weight. We list prices per kg, 100g or 10g, but you can buy or order as little as you want — the only downward limit is the nature and size of the individual vegetables.
We operate a differential pricing system for salad leaves and herbs: a reduced price applies for customers bringing their own containers. This is to minimize the use of plastic bags. Note: this is suspended during the Covid restrictions – everything is charged at the reduced price.
Is all the produce grown on our own farm?
When we started out, we supplemented our own produce with a few extra vegetables bought in from other organic farms and suppliers. However, we now sell only what we grow ourselves. It was difficult to weigh up the pros and cons — especially when we were left, e.g., with no Brussels Sprouts at Christmas — 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.
About our Plants & Transplants
Most of our vegetables are sown in modules, propagated in the polytunnel before being planted out.
We also propagate vegetables, herbs and bee-friendly flowers to sell as transplants for potting up in bigger pots and planters or planting directly into the ground as a garden crop. This is of use to gardeners who find it difficult to obtain seedlings and transplants grown from organic seed in organic compost. In the long run, we aim to provide a wide range of vegetable plugs and transplants.
Nearly all the seeds we buy are from certified organic sources, and are selected for suitability to Irish conditions. We use only top-quality Klasmann organic seed and potting compost.
Single-cropping Plants — 6-cell Tray: €5.40 (includes 40c refundable deposit on plastic tray)
Vegetables that are harvested whole, e.g. heading cabbage and lettuce, swedes. etc. We do not supply many of this sort of transplant as the cost of the transplant is normally significantly greater than the cost of the entire mature vegetable as fresh produce.
Cut-and-come-again Plants — 6-cell Tray: €6.40 (incl. 40c deposit) / Pot €3.50 (incl. 20c deposit)
Vegetables from which multiple cuts can be taken, ranging from three or four for many salad types to continuous production throughout the season, as with chard and kale. Make sure to allow enough time for the leaves to grow back after cutting. Avoid letting the plants flower if possible as the edibility of the leaves is often reduced.
Herbs — 6-cell Tray €7.40 (incl. 40c deposit) / Pot €4.00 (incl. 20c deposit)
The incredible taste and smell of fresh aromatic herbs diminishes the longer they are off the plant. There is nothing like being able to go to your kitchen garden or row of pots on your window-sill and pick the fragrant leaves directly yourself. Many herbs are perennial and will grow for several years, though they are largely dormant in Winter. They do need to be tended, though, and may need to be moved to larger pots as they grow, or taken up periodically to divide the roots if they are planted in the ground.
Flowers — 6-cell Tray €5.40 (incl. 40c deposit) / Pot €3.00 (incl. 20c deposit)
We grow a lot of flowers, largely as food for the bees and other pollinators and beneficial insects (though some flowers, such as those of borage and calendula, are edible for humans too). Some of them perform a useful function in conditioning and improving the soil as well, such as Yarrow with its long roots. They are also, of course, beautiful in themselves, either in the field or as cut flowers.
Tomatoes and other larger plants — Small Pot €5.50 (incl. 20c deposit) / Large Pot €6.00 (incl. 30c deposit)
Some of the chunkiest vegetables (and biggest plants) come from the families Solanaceae and Cucurbitae — the former includes tomatoes, peppers, and aubergines while among the latter are numbered courgettes, pumpkins and other squashes. These plants generally need to be started very early in the year or potted up more than once, and often can only be grown in a greenhouse or polytunnel. We don't usually grow them for transplant apart from a small number of courgettes, but we occasionally have more tomato plants than we need ourselves so we sell these on an ad hoc basis.
Why do we use plastic trays and pots?
Since we are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment, it seems all wrong for us to be using plastic trays and pots for propagating our vegetables and selling on our transplants. We tried using biodegradable module trays last year, but they simply did not work, collapsing and drying out very rapidly. The pots were a bit more resilient, but they too started falling apart and were often not in a suitable state for sale. We did start investigating small terracotta pots for selling transplants, but the COVID crisis put paid to any hope of sourcing them this year. Which leaves plastic.
We get good-quality trays and pots that have a long life and can be re-used year after year. There is no good plastic, but at least this avoids the most wasteful issue, which is that of single-use plastic. Our transplant prices include a refundable deposit representing the cost (the financial cost, at any rate) of the container. You have the option of keeping the container and re-using it yourself, or of returning it to us in good, undamaged condition and claiming your refund.
Where to buy our produce and transplants
At present, you can only buy from us directly in the real world, at our market stall in Tullamore (and on occasion elsewhere) or by pre-arrangement at the farm.
If you want to order in advance for collection at our market or from the farm, you will need to do so at least a day or two before the collection date to leave us time to pick the vegetables. Contact us by phone or e-mail.
Some useful resources for growing vegetables
We are often asked for advice about the plants we sell, and are happy to tell you what we can at the point of sale. However, we don't currently have the resources to put together proper written notes, though we are working on that.
In the meanwhile, we can direct you to a few of the 'oracles' we consult ourselves.
Our first resort is to two excellent books by Klaus Laitenberger, written with Irish growing conditions in mind — an important consideration, as conditions even in neighbouring Britain, let alone North America, can be different enough to have an impact. The first is Vegetables for the Irish Garden and the second Fruit & Vegetables For the Polytunnel and Greenhouse. Both are available directly from Klaus's website and seed shop, Green Vegetable Seeds.
Our other go-to book is Grow Your Own Vegetables by Joy Larkcom. This is very comprehensive, packed full of clear and detailed information. Make sure to get the revised 2002 edition. If you have an e-reader, it seems to be available as an e-book as well.
There is a vast amount of excellent information available on the internet — so much, in fact, that it can be quite overwhelming. And it is not always consistent, which can cause a bit of confusion. A lot of sites in the US are very informative, but the climatic conditions are very different from what we have in Ireland. So while we use some of these for reference, many of the most immediately useful sites tend to be UK-based, and even then there are enough differences to require caution. Ireland is simply wetter, cooler and cloudier than most other countries and areas that are superficially similar.
That said, one of the most comprehensive websites is that of Westport-based seed company Seedaholic. They have detailed guides to a huge number of vegetable and flowering plants; occasionally, there are errors (maybe from cut-and-paste?), but overall it offers a great deal of information about the uses as well as the growing of plants.
Of the UK-based sites, John Harrison's Allotment & Gardens is a highly regarded and compendious site on vegetable growing, outdoors and under cover. It is an excellent guide and reference, and includes a very useful map which highlights the difference between Irish and British climates at the same latitudes.
Real Seeds is a great family business specializing in tried-and-tested, naturally grown vegetable seeds: we have a lot in common with their ethos and principles. They provide a lot of very helpful information about the seeds they source and sell, and also on saving seed from your own plants.
GrowVeg provides a lot of information about vegetable-growing to support their garden-planning software. They have produced a range of clear, concise videos as well as growing guides and more extensive articles about individual plants and getting the most from your garden.