Laois Nationalist – SOLAS Holiday Weekend – TV Cameras, Farmer’s Market and Jazz

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RTE TV’s cameras made a welcome return to SOLAS last weekend when, on Friday July 22, the film crew of the 3-part environmental show ‘Which planet are you on?’ followed the Ryan family from Portarlington as they visited SOLAS to shop at a specially curated farmers market with ‘The Red Shed Organic farm’, ‘Taste of Laois’ and ‘Refillz’ stalls. The Ryan’s then moved to the food court to choose from the food menu which clearly indicated which options had a low carbon footprint.

David Maher Co-owner of SOLAS explains “we are very grateful to Naomi and her family for informing the film crew about what we are doing here at SOLAS, which allowed us to be included in the program. The weather, atmosphere and crowd of the day made this a truly special event which I believe will be broadcast brilliantly on TV. This is another step in our journey to make SOLAS a national destination for sustainable living.”

The show is due to air in October 2022 as part of Science Week.

SOLAS food

Our featured option this week is:

  • Grilled Halloumi Burger with Crispy Onions and Tomato Salsa

Other Specials for the weekend:

  • Nutella or Berry Pancakes
  • Halloumi Burger
  • Avocado toast
  • French toast
  • BBQ burger
  • Beet salad and feta cheese

SOLAS events

  • Bank Holiday Monday, August 1, 2-4 p.m.: Join jazz musician Mario for an afternoon of relaxing jazzy melodies (free event)
  • Wednesday August 3: Finlay’s Fresh ‘Moo Cow’ glass bottled milk and milkshake vending machine to be installed @ SOLAS. See Instagram @moo_cow_fresh_milk. The hope is that it will be fully operational by mid-August
  • Saturday, August 6 2-6 p.m.: Agricultural Innovation Development Workshop Free event for the local agricultural and food community
  • Sunday, August 7: Swap clothes at our Craft Market. To be part of this contact Georgina on [email protected]

Weekly farmer’s market

  • This Saturday July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a sold-out market will offer a full range of baked goods, fresh meat, fish and organic beef. As always, the market focuses on fresh, local and organic produce

SOLAS – Plants

This week, it’s a planting combination of the week! Beautiful mix of blues, purples and oranges like our Crocosmia ‘George Davidson’ Montretia or our Salvia ‘Rockin Sky Blue’. Perfect for a late summer border and also very popular with bees. As always, our team of horticulturists will be on site this holiday weekend.

SOLAS – Shop

Our featured product in the shop this week is our range of metal wall art panels. These decorative garden elements are perfect on a plastered wall or used as a backdrop for a lush planting. Available in store and online

SOLAS weather conditions

The weather for the weekend promises to be warm again, a little cloudy but dry

James V. Payne