Killarney Farmer’s Market

Today was my second Friday at the farmer’s market in Killarney. The market is still in it’s infancy, just 6 weeks old, so people are still only beginning to discover it. The Irish Open Golf was on in Killarney this week and rather than increase business there was a marked decrease, probably due to locals staying away from the town centre due to expectations of heavy traffic. There were alot of tourist admiring the produce but I guess you can’t do a whole lot of cooking in a hotel room! I’ll definitely be persisting with it as Killarney is a big town and there is certainly potential. Number one complaint so far is my cabbages are too big, with my more elderly customers feeling that they would struggle to carry it too far or people feeling that it would go to waste. I’ll be bringing along a few less mature heads in the future to accommodate this minority.

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Indoor Market

I have been selling at a local indoor market every Sunday for the last 5 weeks.  It has been going pretty well so far, I have generally been increasing my sales every week as I build up a customer base. There are two other vegetable stalls who have been selling there for several years but I am still managing to sell 80-90% of what I carry to the market. It is a small market with usually only 7 or 8 stalls every week but I am finding that it is not easy to get into markets as they usually have enough vegetable sellers already, so I am more than happy to have a place there.

I have also started trading at a larger outdoor farmer’s market on Fridays.  It is a new market in only it’s 5 week so people are just beginning to find out about it. I will post some pictures from it next week.

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Onions Start to Swell

Just a quick update on the multiplanted onions, they are starting to swell and are looking very healthy at the moment.

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Overdue Update

I haven’t posted in about 5 weeks so there is much to update on. I just started selling my first produce this week, just lettuce and spring onions at the moment, with new potatoes, cabbage and broccoli coming into maturity in the next few weeks.

The new potatoes are well up and doing well, this picture is looking down a row of Duke of York.

The cabbage (Greyhound) is looking very healthy and should be ready for cutting in two weeks.

The first broccoli (Kabuki F1) seen here to the right of the cabbage is about 2-3 weeks from maturity. There has been a little bit of catterpillar damage so far but nothing major. I’ll start using a caterpillar predator called Bacillus Thurengiensis in the next week or so.

This is a row of mixed salad leaves with a row of butterheads to the left.

Little Gem, a cos lettuce.

Multiplanted spring onions.

The multiplanted blulb onions are also doing well. Weeds tend to congregate close to the base of the onions as this is the trickiest to weed with a hoe, this means tedious hand weeding.

The brussels sprouts (Wellington F1) are also looking extremely healthy. There’s about 160 in this bed for selling around Christmas.

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First Potatoes of the Year

I just harvested my first ultra early potatoes from the poltyunnel. I planted two 30′ rows on January 17th, one row each of Colleen and Orla. These in the picture are Orla. I hadn’t tried this variety before and I can confirm that the flavour is very good, they really melt in you mouth.

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Out in the Field

Over the last two weeks I have continuted to plant a succession of broccoli, cabbage and spring onions. I have also begun planting lettuce.  I am growing a cos lettuce called Little Gem, a butterhead called Cobham Green and a mixed baby leaf selection. The above photo is of my first planting of cabbage on April 1st.

I am planting the lettuce in beds 75cm in width and 50m in length.  The cos lettuce is planted at 9″(between row) by 9″(in row) spacings, the butterhead at 9″ by 12″ and the baby leaf mix at 9″ by 9″ again.

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Polytunnel Potatoes Update

My potatoes in the polytunnel have put on a tremendous amount of growth in the last month, as you can see from the picture below taken on March 23rd. Some of them are even beginning to flower.

I hope to be lifting my first baby potatoes in about two weeks time.

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