Galway Saturday Market

TGI almost Friday. I had another post planned for tonight, but after a bad day, all I want to do is write about a place that makes me happy. My day started off with a little (a LOT) of disappointment over the faux snowstorm that we had. Promised 14 inches and the hope of a much needed work from home day, we got maybe 2, and it was business as usual. My foot has been bothering me, my knees ache, and I am overall exhausted. A day working in PJ’s would have been nice.

Once up, I lost a contact. I went to the gym for an upper body strength workout and finished only to realize that I didn’t have a shirt to wear to work. And the gym was so crowded that I couldn’t dry my hair. While I was waiting outside Filene’s for it to open so I could buy a shirt, my hair froze. Really, big chunks of frozen hair. And I had hoped to hear from a couple of people I spoke with last week regarding some things (cryptic, yes :)) and have come to the conclusion that there won’t be any follow up, at least for me, so that threw a little more frustration in the pot.

The day did get better. Westport Rivers Winery offered a 10 person private tour and tasting for my ALLY Foundation raffle. How amazing is that? I am beyond humbled and grateful by the generous support companies are providing for this raffle. You can enter by visiting my fundraising site:

http://firstgiving.com/meghanmalloyteamally

And here I am. Thursday night, tiring day, and I want to relive vacation moments.

When I lived in Galway, I lived literally about 20 feet above the Saturday market. Have I showed you a photo of my old apartment? Probably, but here it is again.

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The Saturday market is a little bit scant in winter, but it still rivals anything we have in Boston. There is fresh produce, oysters and other seafood, crepes, arts and crafts, and my favorite, a cart that was among the missing this time, Govinda, a Hare Krishna vegetarian vendor with kitchiri and matter panneer, two dishes I could eat forever and ever. I missed him this time around! Govinda, where are you?

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Fresh oysters and fish, courtesy of Galway Bay

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Farm fresh eggs

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French lavender

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Are you drooling yet? Pesto, olives, hummus, harissa, tapenade, plus bread. YUM.

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When I lived in Galway, a whole, giant bucket of potatoes was 1 pound. My vegetarian roommates and I did very well with the market and all of the cheap veggies available. Best part? They were fresh and local!

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Broccoli and cauliflower, just some more of the amazing produce available

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One of the things I loved about the market was that the carrots were still covered in mud. I learned that this adds to the weight of the purchase, therefore costing more money, but at the time I thought it was so charming. At any rate, the carrots were sweet and fresh and like nothing I have ever tasted. I loved living so close to my food.

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Spring comes to Galway early. By the time my March 20 birthday rolls around, there are brand new baby lambs and daffodils. A mild climate means that green, green grass and flowers start arriving in February. One of the many reasons that I love it. Honestly, for a foodie like me, the market really sold Galway to me. We ate what we bought, and we only bought what we ate. And almost everything was in season and from farmers who had worked the earth for generations. It was old fashioned but felt so right and is the way of shopping and eating that is thankfully becoming popular again.

I still have lots of Ireland and Czech Republic posts left and am excited to share those with you. I will also have some more information on the case of wine up for the raffle later this weekend.

Do you have a favorite farmer or farmer’s market? What is your dream place to live and why?

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Tags: Farmer's Markets, Food, foodies, Galway, Ireland, Market, oysters

  1. Kelly’s avatar

    Wow I really want to go to Galway, I turned around a few hours away to head back to Shannon airport but next time I won’t miss Galway. I’m sorry your day was frustrating. It’s almost the weekend!

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  2. Kelly’s avatar

    PS. If I donate again, can I have a second chance to win? I originally donated just cuz I think it’s a good cause and I like you but now I kinda wanna win one of these amazing prizes haha

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Each $10 donation buys a raffle ticket, so you can definitely donate again if you want more chances to win. I am hoping to add a few more prizes over the weekend too!

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    2. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)’s avatar

      Everything looks so delicious and fresh. Didn’t make it to Galway but it’s on my list for next time!

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    3. Krista’s avatar

      I love those tubs of yummy things – and the flowers are scrumptious! :-)

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    4. Lindsay Meyer’s avatar

      I am crushed to be missing the Saturday market in Galway by ONE day! We arrive on Sunday.

      Speaking of Farmers Markets, I have to give major accolades to the Ferry Plaza FM we have in SF. Meeting friends there on Saturday!

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Sometimes they have parts of the market set up on Sundays, so you should still stroll through. Its by the St. Nicholas Collegiate Church in town. You can see my old apartment! :) Sundays, my fave Indian restaurant, Kashmir (going to blog about it next week) does a lunch buffet that is amazing.

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      2. Laura’s avatar

        Galway is in my top three places ever… so amazing. I spent not nearly enough time there a few years back, but never caught the market. Looks so lovely!

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      3. Kirsten’s avatar

        I just realized I have been there! I completely forgot!! I think it was in 2006.

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      4. Simply Life’s avatar

        oh I wish I could be there right now just walking around! :)

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      5. Jess (A Fete for Food)’s avatar

        Thanks for sharing those photos! They’re beautiful! What’s your long run up to?

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          I am taking this week off of a a long run and am going to attempt 17 or 18 Monday when I get back from the long weekend. My foot has been bothering me, and overall I have been flighting somethhing for about a week now. Hopefully the weekend will cure me and make me rested for a good long run!

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        2. Jessie’s avatar

          I’m sorry you had such a bad day :( Everything bad really does seem to happen at once, doesn’t it? I’m hoping that today is a beautiful day for you, that your foot feels better, and that you are 100% soon!

          I LOVE the farmer’s market in Boulder, CO. I always go when I visit my father. In fact, I would say that that is my dream place to live :)

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        3. Emily’s avatar

          What a cute blog post! I would LOOOVE to go to Galway! Lucky you for living there!!! Farmer’s Markets are simply the best.

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        4. Raija’s avatar

          I was wondering why we didn’t hear from you yesterday…what a no good very bad day. I’m sorry. I hope you are looking forward to a good and relaxing weekend. You deserve it.

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