Budding Rachel Allens opt for Healthy Ingredients at the Rural Training Centre’s Organic Market in Castlebar

6th June 2008

Aspiring Rachel Allens and Gordon Ramsays will be interested in attending the re-opening of the Organic Market at the HSE Rural Training Centre in Castlebar. The Organic Market will begin its third season on Thursday, 12th June, and will be held between 9 a.m.and1 p.m.every Thursday during the summer months.  The Organic Market, whose produce has been certified as organic by the Department of Agriculture, is subject to on-the-spot inspections throughout the year. 

A variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables, such as green beans, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes and soft fruit, are grown on site at the Rural Training Centre, and then sold fresh and ripe at the Organic Market each Thursday.  Marmalades, preserves, plants, shrubs, hedging and herbs, as well as fruit loaves and assorted breads which have been made by the service users at the Rural Training Centre and Castlebar Community Workshop, will also sold at the Market.

A growing number of consumers, especially those dealing with illnesses, are switching to organic food due to the simple belief that it’s better for them and it tastes better.  They can be confident that the food has been grown naturally, is chemical-free and has been allowed to mature, ripen and develop its full nutritional content the way nature intended.

Andy Neary, Acting Manager of the Rural Training Centre, says:  This year we have a larger selection of shrubs available in the Garden Centre, with on-hand advice available.We are delighted to be running the Organic Market at the Centre again for the 2008 season, and would love to see the public coming to avail of the beautiful produce that is being sold each Thursday.  Our clients are very involved in growing the produce that is sold at the Market, and they get great enjoyment and satisfaction from this experience.

Visitors to the Market can also enjoy tea, coffee or a soft drink at the Pitch & Putt café or play a game of Pitch & Putt at the Centre’s professionally-designed 18-hole course, which is open daily.  Clients at the Centre also produce a range of hand-crafted items as part of their rehabilitative therapeutic care, including cards, clothing accessories, floral wreathes, rugs and pot pourri. 

The HSE Rural Training Centre, which provides sheltered occupational services for people using Mayo Mental Health Services, is centrally located off the HumbertWay, between the filling station and the Westport Roadroundabout in Castlebar.

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Further information: Mary Garvin, HSE West Communications; Phone 091 77 5474

Last updated on: 06 / 06 / 2008