IN your market
What might you find that is good for dinner on a visit to a local farmers' market?
Well, at Mahon Point market in Cork last week, my son Sam and I bought a pair of lovely organic chickens from east Cork, and some excellent haddock from west Cork, which I chose instead of some very fine-looking plaice, but only after a lot of head-scratching.
We got apples, leeks and turnips from David Barry of Ballintubber Farm, and some organic spuds from All Organic.
Salad leaves are scarce, so we got sprouted seeds from Supersprouts, and a north Cork pesto from Conall Breheny.
From Gubbeen Farm, we got a ham hock and some belly pork, as well as their amazing white pudding.
Cheeses made from summer pasture milk that are matured are at their peak now, so look out for Coolea, Mount Callan, St Gall or Glebe Brethan.
Having had a late breakfast of a sausage sandwich from O'Flynn's of Tallow and a cup of Cork Coffee Roasters' best, we took away an early lunch of a piping hot handmade pizza with west Cork pepperoni from a new arrival, Il Volcano, made in front of our eyes.