Food in Wexford

The lush mineral rich Wexford Farm land surrounding your cottage and the Irish Sea to the East provide a range of fantastic food products unique to the County.

Food Markets

Shopping on your holiday should be fun.  The freshness and textures of products in the local markets and roadside stalls is always a wonder. Shop at a leisurely pace with family and have a chat with the stallholders.  They are very enthusiastic about their products and are most generous with their advice on recipes.

The produce is farm fresh – most of the vegetables are picked or dug that morning.  The free-range eggs come warm from the shelter of the hens and if you have never tasted a duck egg now is the time to try one.

Bacon and rashers come dry cured from O’Neill’s Organic Farm.  Their pork and leek sausages are freshly made by hand and are unusual and extremely tasty. Organic lamb from the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains is also succulent and sweet.

A range of small food producers have pesto, tapenades, chutneys, jams, preserves and a host of home bakers bring cakes, crumbles, pies, tarts and pastries.

Homemade Wexford butter that comes wrapped in greaseproof paper is waiting to be brought home to spread thickly on fresh soda bread.   You are on your holidays!

Wexford Farmers Market

There is a Wexford Farmers Market in all three of our local towns.  All are accessible within a twenty minute drive and all markets open at 10 am and close at 2 pm.

  • Enniscorthy Market is held in Abbey Square on Saturdays
  • Gorey Market is held in the Community School also on Saturdays
  • Wexford Market is held in the Bull Ring on Fridays

Wexford Beef

The consistently best beef we have ever tasted is found in Corrigan’s Butchers in Kilmuckridge.  The meat is grass fed heifer beef and is locally sourced from the immediate area.

The beef is hung for a minimum of 18 days and the flavours are full and complex.  Most enjoyable with a glass of red wine in the evening sunshine.

If you are coming for a week or indeed a two week stay talk to Hugh in the butcher and ask him to set aside a piece of rib eye steak for you. Absolutely wonderful on the BBQ.

Local Produce

Kate’s Farm Shop is just off the Duncannon roundabout is on the way towards the Hook.  Parking is easy and the staff are most helpful.

Paganini Ice Cream that is made with full Wexford Cream from cows grazing in nearby Duncormick

The mushrooms by Fancy Fungi a Wexford based company. They produce grey oyster, rishe, flamingo and other exotic mushrooms. In addition the mushrooms are produced using totally natural process without the use of other products. They are delicious for breakfast or on simply on a piece of toast with some butter.

Carrigbyrne is a Camembert type cheese made from the milk of more busy Wexford cows content in their own pastures.  It is a rich creamy, buttery cheese not good for the waistline but incredibly tasty.

Finally not to be missed are Curracloe potatoes.  They are really the most delicious potatoes we have been able to find.  They are rich and mineral like and go fantastically well either freshly roasted with some rosemary and butter or equally in a fresh potato salad.  If you are cooking please use our herb bed that is around the corner from your cottage.

Farm Stalls

Farm Stalls are a feature of the Wexford Roadside.  They usually sell potatoes, strawberries and raspberries but the range is extending in recent years.  They are very reasonably priced.  It is easy to pull in and buy a punnet of strawberries or a kilo of potatoes.  The produce is always fresh from the farm.  Wexford strawberry and raspberry stalls will be the most common you will come across.

Meylers Fish Shop

Meylers fish shop is just off the Bull Ring in Wexford town.  It is an institution in itself and should not be missed. Bernie and the staff are lovely and extremely helpful.

It is unquestionably one of the best and oldest fish shops in Ireland.  If you plan to cook fish at home on any evening or even outside on the BBQ, Meylers is a must.

The fish comes fresh of the boat at Kilmore Quay, with everything from Lobster, Turbot, Sole, Langoustines, Bream, Hake and Wild Irish Salmon.  It is well worth a visit for those who enjoy their food.

Meylers also smoke their own salmon in their own smoke house. It is a very special and unique taste.  They also smoke their own haddock and cods roe.

Green Berry Farm

Wexford is famous for its strawberries.  Green Berry farm has strawberries, raspberries loganberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants in season.  They grow their own potatoes mainly Queens and Pinks that they dig freshly every day in season.

Their main outlet is the farm shop that is just off the N11 at exit 22.  It is open May to September every day from 8.30am to 6pm in the evening.

Don’t forget Blackberries can also be just picked from the hedgerows in late Aug and September. If you are willing to freeze them you can also pick Sloes for Sloe Gin at Christmas.  If you are taking any of the walks in Our Walking section or across the farm you can often pick them directly of our hedgerows.  Frockins and blueberries also grow freely in the Blackstairs Mountains in May and June.

Ballycross Apple Farm

Just outside Bridgetown in South Wexford there is an Apple Fair on Saturdays and Sundays from July to February.  Fresh Apple Juice from John O Gold, Cox’s Pippins, Elstar and other apples grown in their orchards are on sale as well as delicious fresh apples.
Waffles with continental chocolate and cream, fresh coffee and a children’s farm make it a wholly enjoyable visit particularly on a sunny morning or evening.

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