Milltown Organic Store & Saturday Market
The direct relationship between the producer and consumer is what makes Milltown Market different. The word 'market' is too small a description for the weekly gathering in this little town, that is nestled with the backdrop of the Slieve Mish mountains. Its central location is the gateway to the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.
Mary O Riordan, as a horticulturist, has always had a passion for promoting local and organically produced food. Marys idea took root with a group of local and like minded people, within the Old Church. This 1819 building had its last service in the 1980s and it was thus deconsecrated during that time.
The market opened in July 2000 (and privileged to be indoors) and since then has evolved and thrived into a vibrant community of producers, farmers and loyal and contented customers.
Mary encourages artists to display their creativity within the church walls and she welcomes musicians young and old, traditional and classical to add to the ambiance of the Saturday Market, thus creating a lovely social experience, meeting old friends and making new ones.
It is a totally different shopping experience, to quote one customer, 'the buzz and comraderie is unique on market day. The connectedness, the networking, the feeling of belonging, makes it a magical experience that uplifts the spirit'.
Milltown Organic Store grew alongside, complementing the Market, filling in the gaps of produce not available in the stalls, so the customer can find their weeks shopping under one roof, as in a supermarket, providing a vast array of products, at exceptional, keen and not elitist prices.
The Healthy Option at Milltown Market
The store operates during the week from Tuesday to Saturday with the following:
ORGANIC WHOLEFOODS and specialised dietary needs (gluten free, dairy free etc).
ORGANIC WINE AND CHOCOLATE. Interesting selection of organic and biodynamic wines which are lower in sulphites.
FRUIT & VEGETABLES. In season locally grown vegetables supplied by Halls Market Garden and supplemented with fruit and vegetable imports.
SUPPLEMENTS (Quest, Veridian, Bioforce, Higher Nature etc), Herbal Tinctures, Aromatherapy, Homoeopathic Products and Medicinal Creams.
BEAUTY PRODUCTS (without chemicals). Moisturisers and cleansers, shampoos, toothpastes etc.
ECO WASHING & CLEANING PRODUCTS safe for the environment.
GARDEN & POULTRY SUPPLIES (&Fruithill Farm Agent). Vegetable Seeds, Potato Seed (blight resistant), organic compost, seaweed fertaliser, Garden tools and poultry feeders and drinkers.
INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS: Eco Building, Self Sufficiency, Transitional Town and Community, Spiritual, Personal Development, Health, Animal Husbandry, Tunnel and Organic Growing.