The owners of The Green Door Market are delighted to announce that they will host a picnic in Nurney Farm from 2pm to 5pm on the 18th of June.

The Green Door Market in Dublin 8 are inviting you to bring your family to the Nurney farm in North Kildare. This event will feature guided farm walks, live music and a treasure hunt for children.


Nurney Farm has been growing a wide range of organic fruit and vegetables on some 40 acres since 1990. They are in the process of building a large glasshouse in a bid to secure an extended growing season for Irish fruit and vegetables. This will supplement their current harvest with new and exotic fare. Further to the fresh produce which is cultivated on the land is a supply of  honey and organic eggs. All of their produce is sold in The Green Door Market each week.

NURNEY FAR, ORGANIC FARMING, IRISH ORGANIC PRODUCE, event on june 18th, family summer event, events, farm visit, the green door marketOwned by Norman Kenny and Deirdre O’Sullivan, who are also co-owners of The Green Door Market, Nurney Farm has undergone several changes in its nearly 30 years of business. The old farmhouse has been completely refurbished. They have installed both a wind turbine and solar heating system. They have also added a reed-bed sewage treatment system amid the areas of forestry which provide heat to the main homestead.

Delighted to be able to open his farm to the Irish public, Mr. Kenny said: “This is the first picnic of its kind that we have hosted in County Kildare. We hope to have as many customers as possible in attendance as well as their families and friends. Having worked very hard over the years to have built such a beautiful environment which has provided so much bounty; I could now not be happier to share it with our supporters.”

Nurney Farm organic produceThose who wish to attend the event can find the farm at Nurney House, CARBURY, Co.Kildare W91 FK11.They are one hour west of Dublin just off the N4. Visitors are advised to bring a picnic and to dress appropriately for an Irish farm.

As an organic vegetable producer, I feel blessed that I am able to grow food from the ground up. Putting time, effort and care into nourishing those plants really does boost the flavour when I find them on my plate. This being particularly true for today’s topic “Sunflower Shoots”.

What are Sunflower Shoots?

Honestly, sunflower shoots are probably one of the best kept secrets in your healthy cooking arsenal. They are the delicious and nutritious micro-greens of the sunflower plant. Sunflower shoots are bursting with vitamins A, D, E, chlorophyll, magnesium, iron, calcium and more!. If it’s protein you’re looking for, they are made out of 20% of it. Oh and for an added bonus, should you let them grow to flower, you will find yourself with thousands of edible crunchy seeds.

With a nutty flavour and a refreshing pop and crunch texture sunflower shoots are perfect for use in salads. Pairing them with nutritious foods such as avocado, bean sprouts and lemon juice, sunflower shoots will leave you feeling fresh and full of energy. Here is one of my favourite sunny salad recipes that you can be creative with and tweak to your own taste.


Super Ingredients:

  • 50g sunflower shoots
  • 1 ripe hass avocado
  • 2 scallions (often known as spring onions)
  • 4 radishes
  • 50g mixed salad leaves (eg.rocket, cress, lettuce)
  • 25g bean sprouts
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • 8 green olives
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • Pinch of salt

Unprocessed Process:

  1. Squeeze the lemon juice, pour the olive oil and toss the paprika plus salt into a bowl. Give them a quick whisk.
  2. It’s off to the chopping block for the avocado, scallions and olives. Cut them into small pieces.
  3. Thinly slice the radish, cucumber and carrots using a sharp knife or mandolin (I’m more of a guitar man myself).
  4. Mix all the cut up veg together with your sunflower shoots, mixed leaves and bean sprouts.
  5. Drizzle on a few spoonfuls of dressing and enjoy.

This will serve 2 hungry people.

#TASTYTUESDAY,sunflower shoots, organic food, salads, nutrition, menu ideas, the green door market, phytonutrients, health, wellbeing, GIY, grow your own, organic living, holistic healthcare, connections, spiritual connections,Where can I find Sunflower Shoots?

As the popularity of sunflower shoots increases we seem to be finding them sprouting up at more and more farmers markets. I bought mine from Christys Organic Wheatgrass inside The Green Door Market located at 18 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 just off Cork Street.

Open Tuesday – Friday 12:00pm – 19:00pm

Saturday 9:30am – 16:00pm

Sunday 11:00am – 17:00pm


The green door market is my little piece of heaven every weekend. Since changing my lifestyle connecting with where my food comes from and the people who grow it has become a very fulfilling part of my life. The Green door market is a feast of freshness, flavour and friendliness. I have invited Alex to blog for BeComplete so he can share with us the energy and produce that The Green Door Market has to offer.

 The Green Door Market & Christy’s Organic Wheatgrass

Fresh organic food, rich baked bread, olives, cheese, a french galette van and smooth aromatic coffee! What have these delights got in common? They can be found at the Green Door Market and I am lucky enough to work there.

Alex Hayes, contributor, wheatgrass, becomplete, the green door market, fresh food, organic food in Dublin,The goal has always been to be a cut above the rest, setting ourselves to have the highest standards of practice and quality. This being especially true in relation to our organic wheatgrass.

So what is wheatgrass and how do you use it?

Wheatgrass is the nutrient packed, enzyme filled and vitamin rich grass of the wheat plant. It has chlorophyll in abundance which contains the micronutrient magnesium that over 300 enzymes in our body require to function.

Unfortunately most of us don’t have four stomachs, like our bovine friends so we can’t easily digest the cellulose in the grass. Our best option is to juice it using a masticating juicer.

Masticating juicers work differently to regular blending juicers in that they squeeze out the juice separating it from the pulp and thus making the wheatgrass easy to consume.

Alex Hayes, contributor, wheatgrass, becomplete, the green door market, fresh food, organic food in Dublin,


It is recommended for first time users to only take a 1oz shot of wheatgrass per day and over time work up to taking two 1oz shots per day at different times. It is advised to take the shot on an empty stomach. Newcomers to the green goodness might feel slight nausea otherwise.

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Lets turn that wheatgrass into a sweetgrass!

For some people the strong distinctive taste of wheatgrass can be just too much to bare, but at the same time they would still love to be reaping its benefits. So to get around this I am going to share with you one of my most favourite smoothie recipes.

Pop open your blender and throw in:

  • Half a banana
  • Half a cup of frozen berries
  • Half a cup of frozen mango
  • 1 cup of coconut water (or regular water)
  • 1oz shot of wheatgrass

Blend it up until it’s good and smooth and drink it while its cold. Always feel free to experiment by throwing in different fruits or juices instead of water.


Where can I find the Green Door Market?

The Green Door Market is located at 18 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 just off Cork Street.

Open Tuesday – Friday 12:00pm – 19:00pm

Saturday 9:30am – 16:00pm

Sunday 11:00am – 17:00pm

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