Larder 360: The best food in the West delivered to you!
Galway produces some real gems from time to time, and this new one I am going to share with you today, Larder 360, is one of them.
There are constant rumours and murmurings of the recession being over and although we have yet to fully experience this in the west of Ireland, I think it is safe to say, things can only get better! Larder 360 is a new concept, and while we have seen many businesses launch (and fail) over the last few years, one of the nice things about this new venture, is that we can see some of our favourite ones survive, and now thrive.
Larder 360 is the brainchild of a few local farmers here in the west. The lads from Castlemine farms, who have been in bed with The Friendly Farmer for years sharing a produce stand at the local markets, decided it was time to expand their offerings. But, as we all know, small producers are often met with harsh realities like the expense of having a distribution centre (heavy with refrigeration) and finding a reliable, economical and affordable delivery/courier service.
Out of all these dilemmas, a delicious idea, Larder 360, was born and a few more local producers were added to their offerings. Some of them you already know, and a few more of them you should get to know! (That Blakes Organic Chocolate is killer!)
So what exactly is Larder 360? It is an online shop offering you quality foods, convenience of sourcing, buying, delivery and affordability, all bundled up into one cooler delivered to your front door at home (or at the office!). Right now, the deliveries are restricted to County Galway, but as they grow, they will expand, county by county.
With their local distribution centre housed in Oranmore (091-79 2899), the lads are already busy filling coolers with orders placed online. All coolers are filled by Thursday evening each week and deliveries made on Fridays.
Last week, our delivery consisted of a little meat and fish. The order tallied up to just over €100 and this is what we got for it.
Sausage/Streaky bacon (rashers)
Beef shin on the bone
Rack of Lamb
2 bars of Blakes Organic Chocolate
When I asked himself what he thought, specifically if he felt this was ‘worth €100’ he said:
“Oh god yes…especially considering the quality of the food you are getting – I reckon we will get 7 or 8 meals out of this plus leftovers”.
That was good enough for me.
For now, as they are just officially rolling out this new venture, their offerings are still limited. In the future I would hope to see a few more items added to the list, and I think it will encourage more people to try it out. (Like a Ribeye steak on the bone lads??).
When I asked a few of my food-lovin friends about this, and whether or not they might use this service, I got mostly positive responses.
What a cool site!! I really like it.. firstly for the range of local produce available. . I like the idea of being able to place my meat and fish order etc for the week and I would totally use it for this. I also like their fixed delivery charge of €5 which seems really reasonable considering we live in the sticks!! Layout of the site is snappy and easy to navigate and just had a really nice local/artisan feel to it. I’d definitely place an order and see how I get on.
Caroline, Galway city
That’s a very nice website. I’ll admit my first reaction to some pricing was that it seemed steep and then I realised I was comparing it to some supermarkets, and that this was actual fresh produce so it’s not that dear when you consider that. I thought the chocolate especially was very reasonably priced. Not that I’m a super chocoholic but that’d be the kind of chocolate I’d use in baking so good price there.
I’m not sure that I’d use it on a regular weekly or fortnightly basis but definitely one I’d consider for special occasion dinners or as a treat. It is great to be able to find local produce under the one umbrella. I will never be a vegetarian so knowing where to get some fresh local meat will always be welcome, because you want to support local farms but a person might not know where to look.
Just had a glance, yes I’d use Larder 360. Like the suppliers! eg, What’s For Pudding (save me hacking into town to buy ’em, had one for dessert this evening with the family!). I like idea of an artisan butcher too, and being able to buy “unusual cuts”. Could see myself using this once a month maybe #PaydayTreat
So what do you think? Is this something you might consider using? Have you already put them to the test and are you enjoying the food? (I know we are!). Let me know …
Now … and because the lads at Larder 360 are just so nice, we have a €50 euro gift voucher to give one of our lucky readers … all you have to do is answer the following question and a winner will be picked at random on Sunday May 1st 2016.
What is the name of the culinary award/designation Galway has recently won (for 2018)?
Answer in the comment section below and in order to be eligible to win, make sure you are a regular reader of WiseWords – sign up here and you must live in (or request the delivery of food to be in) County Galway. (So, if you are reading this and live abroad, but your family lives in Galway, it would make a lovely gift – wouldn’t it?).
Thanks for reading … sorry it’s been a while since my last ditty .. I am kept busy at work and writing away and have feck all time for my own musings these days … such is life .. we must work, to earn money to pay bills, if we want to play!
That’s all for now!
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