The latest addition to the SOLAS Garden Shop is a number of Electric Car chargers which are now available for public use.
David Maher of SOLAS explains: “We have now reached a point where over 30% of our total annual power usage will come from the solar panels we have installed on our warehouses and container walls.
“To compliment this, we have added four electric car charging points which are available to the public.
“We decided to go with ‘EVBox’ as they are the leading car charging brand in Europe and are being using by a range of other providers such as ESB Networks.
“Customers simply drive up and use the ‘EVBOX Charge’ app on their phone to connect to one of our chargers.
“It is great also to think that at certain times we will be able allow customers to charge their cars using zero emission solar power.
“For us this is just a first step and I have no doubt, that in years to come we roll out dozens of on-site chargers but for now, we are glad to have taken this first step towards assisting our national transition to a green transport economy.”
Meanwhile the food on offer from SOLAS is getting better each week with chef Chris manning a stall in the farmers market this Saturday. There we be free samples of fresh Seafood Chowder and other items new to the menu will include:
- Korean Pulled Pork – Kimchi slaw
- Dressed Fries – melted cheese, bacon bits, garlic cheese or rosemary & paprika
- Freshly made hot ‘Bubble waffles’ cones
David Maher explains: “So now, for the first time we have a full production kitchen up and running and can produce the type of food we want to be associated with.
“Added to this our new 60 seater indoor restaurant and steady progress on our outdoor retractable roof and heaters for the food court area and we are very close to becoming a true food destination.”
This week’s Farmers Market (Saturday 10-2pm) is again 100% capacity and includes a number of new stalls exhibiting for the first time.
- David Hainsworth and the team from ‘The Wine Buff’ will bring a great range of wines including a selection of organic and vegan friendly wines. There will be two wines available to sample (a red and white) but come early if you want to sample as stocks are limited
- Local craft artist Aishwarya O’Neill is bringing a range of her embroidery designs and household pieces
- Florist and a textile artist Jo Howard with bring her range of products which include recycled Irish fabrics
David Maher concludes: “It is great to still be bringing new Food, Drink and craft talent to the farmers market.
“The last six months has seen us feature over 60 different artisan producers and the upcoming Christmas Craft markets which will run on four consecutive Sundays from November 28 and will see an additional 50 new crafts people display their works – it is wonderful to be part of such a vibrant Food and Craft community”.
SOLAS – Build it and they will come