Based in Rathaspick, Co Westmeath chefs Rose Greene and Margaux Dejardin of 4Hands produce a range of naturally fermented products including kimchi, sauerkraut, tonics, and kombucha. They use sprouting to amplify flavour and increase the nutrition of whole foods; their sprouted pea hummus is a cult favourite. Order through Neighbourfood markets in Tullamore, Mullingar and Ballymahon for click and collect or find their products at Lowe & Co in Athlone and stockists nationwide.
2 Ballymore Organics
Irish stoneground flour and porridge oats grown and milled by James Kelly in Ballymore Eustace are available for nationwide delivery direct to your door. If you didn’t start baking your own bread in the last lockdown, now’s your chance.
3 Beechlawn Organics
Galway-based Beechlawn offers nationwide delivery for its fruit and vegetable boxes, with much of the produce on offer Irish-grown. Pantry staples are also available, as are organic chickens.
4 Brown Envelope Seeds
If 2021 is going to be the year that you get growing, a browse through the huge range of organic seeds on offer at Brown Envelope Seeds in West Cork will provide all the inspiration you need — and helpful advice about what’s likely to work best for you depending on whether you have a balcony or a polytunnel. The only difficulty you will have will be knowing when to stop adding packets to your online cart.
5 Burren Beef
Bronagh O’Rourke’s 10kg box of premium grass-fed Hereford/Angus beef costs €170 and includes a mixture of premium and household cuts, ensuring a better return for the farmer and eliminating wastage as every part of the whole animal is used efficiently. You can expect to get two or three smaller roasts, a few kilos of diced meat and some steaks, chops, ribs or mince which will take up about a shelf’s worth of space in a standard freezer. Nationwide delivery included.
6 Clonanny Farm
Clonanny Farm rears free-range rare-breed pigs in the Naul in North County Dublin, but its website sells a huge range of other products including fruit, vegetables, dairy and staples — you could do your whole food shop with them — and delivery is free in Dublin. Do be sure to include some of their very good pork in your order, it’s a world away from what you’ll find in the supermarket.
7 Circle of Light Green Coffee
Unroasted green coffee beans are high in chlorogenic acid and act as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, with scientific evidence showing they can help to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Green Coffee Infused with Green and Herbal Teas (€19.95) is naturally sweetened and tastes nothing like regular coffee — you make it by mixing a teaspoon of powder with hot water from the kettle. Circle of Light’s Irish CEO, Dr Sarah Kelly, has a PhD in cardiovascular health. Other products in the range include FIBRE89, a naturally sweet drink made with inulin, a pre-biotic fibre made from chicory root, that’s a good way to up your fibre intake and useful for those suffering from constipation or looking for an influx of good bacteria to support gut health. Insomniacs may want to give the Triple Z Sleep Remedy a go.
8 Drumanilra Organic Farm
Dexter beef, organic lamb, Tamworth pork and chicken, vegetables, coffee, honey and organic wine are available for courier delivery all over Ireland, or for collection at various locations within a radius of the Gavins’ farm on the banks of Lough Key near Boyle in Co Roscommon.
Healthy home meal delivery service available nationwide — vegan, flexitarian and low calorie meal packs available.
10 Feighery’s Beetroot & Apple Juice
Beetroot juice is thought to help with high blood pressure, but it’s a challenge to keep making a regular supply at home. The Feighery family combine theirs (70pc) with Tipperary apple juice (30pc) and it’s a Blas award-winning combination. €78 for 12, free delivery.
11 The Fruit People
The business pivoted from supplying fruit to offices (hence the name) to deliver directly to people’s homes, with an expanded range that includes vegetables and a great range of pantry staples. Free delivery over €35, minimum spend €25 — you can check online to see if your eircode falls within the delivery area covered.
12 Gilligan’s Farm
One of the only family-owned farming and butcher operations in the country, the Gilligans raise beef and lamb in Roscommon, and dry age it using Achill sea salt. Dublin delivery is available on Saturdays, and is free over €75.
13 Green Earth Organics
Based in Corrandulla, Co Galway, Green Earth offers a plastic-free nationwide home delivery service for fruit and vegetable boxes and pantry staples.
14 Happy Food For Life, Bloomsbury €29.75
Practical and inspiring, Swedish Michelin starred chef Niklas Ekstedt joins forces once again with scientist Henrik Ennart to look at the effect of gut health on mental health, and tries to equip readers to make good choices for all round wellbeing. Topics covered include mindful eating and how to get children to eat (almost) anything. The recipes are easily achieved at home and while many are vegetable-focussed, there are some for meat and fish too.
15 Harvest Day
Kilcoole-based Harvest Day delivers weekly or fortnightly boxes of locally grown organic vegetables sourced from farmers and growers including the Sprout farm in Rathcoffey, Co Kildare and Dermot Carey’s Ballincarey Farm in South Kildare. Veg boxes start at €25 and you can add in eggs, potatoes and apple juice. One happy customer says the delivery challenges her to cook with seasonal veg and says the weekly recipe sheet is a great source of inspiration. Delivery available in Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow (€5.50) and Cork City (€6.50).
16 The Hopsack
Established by Jimmy and Erica Murray in 1979 and now run by the next generation, Finn and Kate, The Hopsack in Rathmines is one of Ireland’s longest established health food stores, carrying a range of over 5,000 products, including organic produce, food supplements, natural remedies, zero-waste products and natural skincare. Nationwide delivery is free for all orders over €50.
17 Hussey Veg Box
Sean and Jayne Hussey’s weekly deliveries were a source of joy for many during lockdown, and the range has expanded way beyond the original fruit and veg boxes to include a huge variety of different products from Irish artisan producers such as Inch House (black pudding is a health food, don’t you know?) and St Tola. Dublin delivery is free, minimum order €25.
Based on an ancient Indonesian recipe, West Cork-based MuTonics Jamu is a spicy infusion of organic fresh turmeric, tamarind, fresh ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon and other herbs and spices, that’s known as an anti-inflammatory drink and a support for the immune system. The juice can be served hot or cold, neat or diluted. 100ml per day is recommended. 12 x 500ml bottles, €141 plus €7 delivery.
19 Jump Juice
The company’s juice bars suffered during lockdown but a pivot to online ordering and nationwide delivery means that you can order cold-pressed juices and smoothies made from fresh fruit and vegetables delivered direct to your door.
20 King of Kefir
If you’ve made a resolution to cut back on alcohol this year, these non-alcoholic water kefirs produced in Dublin might just help you stick to your guns. The gut-friendly fermented beverage comes in four flavours — Lemongrass & Ginger, Cucumber, Mint & Thyme, Chilli & Ginger and Hopped Culture — that satisfy the desire for a grown-up drink. And in more good news, each one contains fewer than 10 calories. €39.50 for a box of 12, including nationwide delivery.
21 Leagh Farm
A small-scale family farm growing seasonal fruit, vegetables and salads in Ballyduff, Co Kerry for delivery in the local area.
22 Minimal Waste Groceries
If 2021 is going to be the year that you start to eliminate plastic from your life, a good place to start would be with a regular order of groceries, cleaning and beauty products and more from Minimal Waste Grocery, which carries an extensive range of organic and wholefood products. As Anne Marie Bonneau says, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” Dublin delivery is free for orders over €70, with charges applying for lower spends and addresses further afield. Alternatively order in advance for collection at Red Stables Market in Clontarf on Saturdays.
Offering a collection rather than delivery service, what Neighbourfood does is bring together local producers in one place to save you, the customer, having to run around to a lot of different shops to assemble everything you need. Check out the website to see what’s available at your local market collection point.
24 Organic Republic
Organic Republic has been going for 17 years and offers box delivery of organic fruit and vegetables to Cork City and suburbs, priced from €25.
Not so much a food delivery service but a one-stop shop to encourage you towards minimal-waste living, so you’ll find products for food storage and transportation, ideal for school lunches. Shipping is nationwide and plastic-free.
26 Revive Active
For less than the price of a flat white, Irish-made and developed Revive Active delivers a daily sachet of a scientifically formulated mix of 26 active ingredients designed to support the immune system, heart and circulatory system, and energy levels. Other compounds available are tailored to hair and nails, mental agility and joint health. €59.95 for 30 sachets.
27 Ring’s Farm
Clear some space in your freezer and place an order with Sean Ring for his delicious free-range and organic chickens and you’ll never be stuck having to make do with a sad bird from the supermarket again. You can also buy wing tips and carcasses for making nutritious stock at home.
28 The Source
The Source carries a range of more than 450 products including organic wholefoods, healthy snacks and eco cleaning and beauty products. The approach is zero-waste and you can buy as much or as little as you need, which comes in handy for obscure ingredients you mightn’t use very often or in large quantities. Delivery available nationwide and free for orders over €60.
29 Sustainable Seafood Ireland Fish Subscription
If eating more fish is on your list of new year resolutions, make it easy for yourself with a weekly, fortnightly or monthly delivery from Sustainable Seafood Ireland. The Members’ Subscription Box delivers fresh fish and seafood straight to your door. €50 per box. See also eatmorefish.ie based in Galway and delivering nationwide.
30 Velvet Cloud Sheep’s Milk Yoghurt
Every Irish chef’s favourite yoghurt is now available to order online — six 500ml tubs cost €30 and delivery is free anywhere in Ireland. While you are at it, stock up on delicious Rockfield sheep’s cheese. Some people find products made from sheep’s milk easier to digest than those made from cow’s milk and dieticians recommend it for gut health.
weekl.ie (grocery delivery including fresh produce); Ballinwillin, ballinwillinhouse.com (online farm shop selling wild boar, venison and goat meat); Riversfield Organic Farm, riversfieldorganicfarm.com (organic vegetable delivery in the Callan — Kilkenny area); Kilbeg Organic Farm, kilbegorganicfarm.ie (organic beef boxes for delivery nationwide from the shores of Lough Corrib); The Merry Mill, themerrymill.ie (organic gluten-free porridge oats and flour grown on a family farm in Co Laois); farmsy.ie (a family farm offering delivery of eggs and fresh vegetables in and around Cork city and Kinsale); NudieFoods Fruit, nudiefoods.ie (fruit delivery in Dublin); Duhallow Organic, duhalloworganic.ie (nationwide delivery of Dexter beef from Kenmare); Phi, phigalway.com (plant-based meals to pre-order and collect in Galway city centre, with delivery available in Galway area).