From now until Christmas, I'm Mother Hen to 1,000 birds

Fri, Jul 03, 2015

The food scene in Galway has never been in a better place. There are so many talented artisan producers and retailers offering the most amazing produce and one need only visit the plethora of farmers' markets around the county to witness this. One such business is The Friendly Farmer poultry which produces the most succulent chicken, turkey, and duck directly to your dinner table courtesy of Ronan Byrne's farm in Athenry.

The Friendly Farmer's stall will be familiar to customers who attend the Moycullen market on Fridays or the Saturday Galway market, while the chickens are also stocked at McCambridges in Shop Street. A large part of the business consists of supplying restaurants and the poultry is served at well known Galway eateries, Kai, Cava, Aniar, Eat at Massimo, and Loam.

It is an enterprise that started from humble beginnings. Ronan Byrne's parents were farming their 35 acre holding in Atheny on a part-time basis but the younger generation was determined to map out a full-time living off the land. "I always wanted to be a full-time farmer, but I did explore other options - I spent about six months working in the Financial Services Centre in Dublin but I was like a bull in a china shop! I had a pain in my stomach to go farming. I went to Poland to manage a farm and one evening I just had this eureka moment. I read a book that said each person will eat an average of 500 chickens in their lifetime. I just thought to myself - that is a lot of chicken." And indeed poultry has never been more popular. While we will always be known as a nation of red meat eaters, the merits of chicken and turkey are well publicised. A breast of chicken is significantly cheaper than a steak and much lower in saturated fat.


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