Trying to be more mindful about where and how you shop for food?
A new shop in Cork’s English Market is proving to be a godsend for sustainable shoppers who value a bit of convenience with their organic veg.
The My Goodness Seasonal Shop is stocked to the rafters with in-season, local ingredients for your soups, stews and casseroles… and you don’t need to worry about nasty chemicals or bonkers air miles when you drop by to pick up the week’s grub.
Announcing the soft opening of the store this week, owner Virginia O’Gara described the business as a “100% local seasonal, plastic free, and vegan shop, which aims to celebrate seasonality with fresh local vegetables, local products from small producers, foragers, crafters, and grafters.”
“We never quite know what we’ll be stocking, our products will change depending on availability of the season, and what folks bring to us.” she added.
Even the signage is eco-friendly – each and every piece is repurposed, from the letters, which were salvaged from old store fronts, to the teak swinging door, found in a dumpster in Wilton.
And the selection inside is perfect for autumn cooking. This week, for instance, you can fill your tote bag with candy beets from East Cork, gorgeous pumpkins from Kinsale and tasty Veggie Warrior jams and chutneys from Tower Allotments, just outside Blarney.
There’s krauts made from local produce, nut milks, crates of earthy potatoes from Killeagh, carrots, salad greens, kale chips, bean sprouts, dried herbs and teas too… all 100% plastic free and local.
Bring back your glass bottles and you get 50c off your weekly refills at the self-fill kombucha and kefir station (look out for strange and interesting flavours) and don’t leave without a Snicker Cake – a festival of peanut butter crumble, tahini caramel, hand-roasted peanuts and raw chocolate…