Thursday, June 02, 2022

As we head into the bank holiday weekend with good weather forecast, things really appear to be on the up as SOLAS just keeps on getting better:

  • The upgrade to the Farmers Market entrance has been completed
  • We have a new high-profile chef joining our team next week
  • SOLAS had a letter published the Irish Times extolling on how much the region and indeed SOLAS have to offer tourists – read here
  • Plans are well advance for a major new Art piece which will be the largest ever outdoor mural in Ireland (more on this later)

Back to the small matter of a double market weekend with the SOLAS farmer’s market on Saturday and the monthly craft market on Sunday.

Weekly Farmers’ Market

This Saturday 10am-2pm will see the full range of bakery, fresh meat, fish and organic beef.  As ever the focus of the market is on fresh, local and organic but with 2 standout stars

  • First time exhibitor ‘Kali’s Kitchen’ will be out Farmer’s market hot food offering this weekend, with a wonderful range of ‘Falafel’ and other Syrian classics. Everyone here at SOLAS extends a warm welcome to Kali and his team
  • Back again – “Sushi Mania” as Bas and his team with their hand rolled Irish Sushi, locally sourced produce in a range of flavours.

Monthly Craft Market

This Sunday 5th June from 11am-4pm will feature 25 Craft stalls including

  • Louise and her range of healthy and healing Aloe Vera Products
  • ‘Green-Wonders’ – Leah brings a range of herbal products to the market for the first time
  • Jennifer Douglas and her selection of dried wreaths and fresh bouquets
  • Upcycled Jewellery from ‘Noble-McG Creations’
  • Christal Bakery will offer delicious cakes and treats
  • A range of Woodwork, Perfumes, Pottery, Hats, Macrame, Knitwear and fashion

A treat for Hot Food Lovers

  • The star Sunday attraction will be …. Back due to popular demand “The Republic of Grill” and their incredible range of Mexican Food

SOLAS – Food

A simple, fresh and local choice this week is ‘A Scone with G’s jam and village dairy cream’ – supplied by 3 great local Food producers.

And the big news …. Our new chef Alan Hendry will be joining us next week the 8 June, so expect a fresh new menu with old favourites and exciting editions with lots of local produce – Can’t wait!

SOLAS – Shop

True to a green ethos, SOLAS have recently added ‘Carbon Capture Volcanic Rock Dust’ which comes in 20kg bags. By promoting Microbial and plant growth a ton of this product applied to soil removes an additional 70kg to 230kg atmospheric CO2

Other Benefits include:

  • Improves Soil Condition with Minerals & Trace Elements
  • Grow Healthier Plants, Vegetables, Flowers & Lawns
  • Tonic for Wormeries – Encourages Beneficial Organisms & Microbes W/ Soil & Compost

See more online – click here


SOLAS – Plants

Our focus this week is very much on colour and event scent in a summer garden with 2 main areas:

  • Range of hanging baskets and seasonal planters
  • Fabulous selection of roses including a range of bee friendly roses all in flower now.

As always advice available 7 days a week from our team of horticulturists Veronica, Ann and Damon


SOLAS Weather

Temperature of up to 18 degrees and generally dry for the weekend.


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