The medieval town of Enniscorthy is filled with tiny laneways, quirky street names and is home to the only castle in Ireland that gives you access to both the dungeons and the roof. It is also the home to many of the region’s food producers.
1. Enniscorthy Farmers’ Market
Many of Wexford’s well-known producers started their journey at the Enniscorthy Farmers Market, and continue to trade here on a weekly basis. You will find a selection of fruit and vegetable stalls, fresh fish, O’Neills Bacon, artisan sourdough, home-baking produce, and a variety of other stall holders.
Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, Abbey Square Enniscorthy.
2. The Village at Wheelocks
The Village at Wheelocks is one of Co. Wexford’s most famous strawberry farms and one of the oldest in the county. They have opened their doors to visitors and there is plenty to see and do here for all the family. You can pick strawberries, wander around their wild woodland and meet pigs, sheep and chickens along the way. You can also visit the extensive and impressive restaurant on site.
3. Regan Organic Farm
This family farm situated just outside Enniscorthy is a fully operational organic and free-range poultry and pig farm with a small herd of cattle and a select range of crops. Take a walk on the farm with one of the Regan family and encounter the chickens and geese that wander freely across the fields and the happy pigs who seemingly spend all their time sunbathing. Learn how the Regan family built their business and now supply many of the country’s top restaurants, hotels and even cookery schools – winning many awards and accolades along the way.
4. Ballyminane Mills
For almost 200 years, this ancient water mill has been producing stoneground flour using only time-honoured methods. Meet John the miller and take a walk through the process, starting at the mile-long and hand-dug millrace, all the way to the rush and rumble of the water wheel and the 150-year-old whirling French birr stones. Hear the building come to life as the wheels turn, leaving you with handfuls of powdery flour.
5. Gorse Farm
Gorse Farm is a small, organic vegetable farm situated on the main road up to Mount Leinster. The scenery is stunning, with incredible vistas of Wexford’s rural farming landscape – an ideal detour for a spectacular picnic. The farm is not open to the public, but you can pick up some fresh greens from their Honesty Box. A local favourite is their bags of mixed salads.