Adare Farm is to dairy and meat what the Keoghs of north Dublin are to potatoes. In an incredibly short time - since 2006, when the Relihan family decided to add value to their produce by cutting out the middleman - they have established their brand and, far from being the commodities they once were, their foods are now valued as niche products.
An everyday product that has taken the country by storm is milk - yes, milk. Pasteurised but not homogenised, it’s milk like we used to enjoy it - and even available in recyclable glass bottles. Nostalgic maybe, but probably a better product too and certainly in great demand, with its initial Mid-West distribution quickly extended to Dublin.
And their Farm Shop is not up some muddy lane (fascinating as that can be), but in Limerick city’s historic Milk Market where, every Friday and Saturday, they offer their full range of products. These include the well known Adare Farm Ice Cream - which is made to traditional recipes using the milk from their pedigree dairy herd and features on some of the best menus in the mid- and south-west - and meats from their own farm, along with some other locally produced foods.
But the real crowd pleaser at the market is their Pig-on-a-Spit, a speciality they supply for weddings and countless other big get togethers and which is available at their farm shop every Saturday from 10am.