Mine is a story of City Chic to Country Chick really - I am originally from London, born to Irish parents. In 1999, I moved to West Cork for a maximum of 12 months, I told myself. However, within that time I met my West Cork farmer and we married and now have 4 great kids.
In 2009, I bought 4 hens. I wanted the kids to know where food came from and to get them involved in the farm. The eggs were just delicious and we got a few more hens, and a few more, and before I knew it we had about 200 hens!
It was then that I approached my local SuperValu, Scally's in Clonakilty, and asked if they would sell our eggs to customers. To my great surprise, they said yes and we had our first customer. The eggs sold really well and gave me the confidence to apply for the Food Academy programme. This is a great programme which taught me lots about the retail and food business. I was successful in the Food Academy programme and given the opportunity to supply my eggs to 12 SuperValu stores in the Cork area. We expanded and now have over 1,400 hens and the sales and support have been great.
The Food Academy programme has been essential in the opportunity, development and growth of our business. Without it, we simply wouldn't be where we are today. We employ 3 part time staff and bring our fresh free range eggs to 12 SuperValu stores in Cork and other independent stores and hotels.
Working with SuperValu, we hope to expand and bring our great free range eggs to more people around the country.