Sunday 18 March 2018

A business for all seasons

'Reggie's Veggies' brings best of local produce to South Sligo area

Reggie McNulty and his grandson Daithi Gethins with his Veggie produce, ready for the road.
Reggie McNulty and his grandson Daithi Gethins with his Veggie produce, ready for the road.

FROM the football pitch to the vegetable plot.

For 22 years Reggie McNulty was a familiar figure with Sligo County GAA teams.

The former kitman and physio is now equally well-known as a vegetable salesman.

Tubbercurry's Reggie said: "Football was, and still is, a big part of my life.

"People generally associated me with the GAA.

"What many didn't know is that I've always had an interest in vegetables."

When Reggie was made redundant from the local Basta Factory in the 1970s, he turned it into a business.

Reggie said: "A lot of people were let go at the time.

"I was growing a bit of cabbage, etc.

"I decided I would take to the roads selling vegetables, mainly door-to-door."

'Reggie's Veggies' was born.

He has since covered an extensive area of South Sligo and beyond.

Reggie said: "I call to places like Tubbercurry, Moylough, Ballymote, Keash and as far as Ballaghaderreen.

"People can ring in an order and I'll deliver. I sell all locally sourced vegetables.

"They include everything from carrots to potatoes, to rhubarb, leeks and kale.

"It all depends on the season. I support local growers. They come from South Sligo and parts of Mayo.

"I think it is always important to help local people in the area."

Reggie does, however, venture to North Sligo-for a special reason.

He explains: "Maugherow potatoes are famous in Sligo.

"They are very floury, maybe it's the North Sligo soil. I like to have them as they are very popular."

When Reggie is not travelling the roads, he can be found at a number of markets.

He said: "I go to the Farmers Market at the IT Sligo on a Saturday.

"There is usually a good crowd there. I have a stall in Riverstown on a Friday.

"I enjoy getting out and meeting people."

Reggie hasn't entirely given up on football.

The kitman when Sligo won the Connacht Championship for the first time in 32 years in 2007, is manager of the Bunninadden Intermediate team.

He was in charge of Bonniconlon, Mayo, prior to that.

Reggie said: "Obviously, vegetables are the business, yet football is in the blood.

"I'm not involved with Sligo now, but I like the club scene.

"Hopefully, I can continue to do well on both fronts."

Reggie can be contacted on 087 2276547.

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