Dermot Carey and his new 10 acre Ballincarey Farm
2020 is Dermot Carey's first season growing vegetables on his ten acre Ballincarey Farm in south Kildare. This year's crops include: lettuce, potatoes, onions, rainbow beetroot, spinach, kale, broccoli, carrots and a selection of seasonal herbs.
Dermot Carey - aka @Vegieguy - has been growing and supplying vegetables to restaurants since 1993. He continues to work with growers and chefs in some of Ireland’s finest walled and kitchen gardens. His area of expertise is custom grown veg that cater to individual chef’s needs and cooking styles.
His consultancy service specialises in both large and small scale food production that adhere to organic and sustainable principles, offering long or short term support. Dermot offers expert advice on developing and maintaining new and established horticultural enterprises.
Dermot Carey grew up on the family's 100 acre market garden farm in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin. He spent school holidays working in his mother's fruit and vegetable wholesale business in the fruit and veg market in Dublin City centre. In 1993 Dermot set up his own business growing and supplying vegetables to restaurants on the Aran Islands. The early 2000’s saw him working on the Dominican Biodynamic Farm in Wicklow.
He arrived at Lissadell House and Gardens in 2006 suppling the café, estate shop and restaurants in Co. Sligo. A chance meeting with David Langford led to an ongoing association with the Ireland’s largest private collection of over 190 potato varieties. The project was started by Langford in the 1980s, and in 2008 the collection moved to Lissadell.
For a number of years Dermot facilitated a one-day ‘Growing for Restaurants’ courses at the Organic Centre, Co Leitrim, and Sonairte Eco-Centre and Gardens, Co Meath.