Where in Ireland (aka, Eire) to find pick your own farms and orchards for strawberries, apples, other fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning/bottling & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: September 2015: Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green!  Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions

Organic farms are identified in green!  See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!

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This page provides a detailed list of Ireland's pick- your- own (PYO, U-pick, pick-it-yourself) farms for everything from apples, berries, fruit, pumpkins, vegetables to cut-you-own Christmas trees!  I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate!  And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".

Remember to ALWAYS either email, call or click the link to the farm's own website (if they have one) on the morning before you go, to confirm hours, conditions and availability of the specific crops you want! 


Ireland's PYO Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

Co. Down

Co. Dublin

Co. Offaly

  • Derryvilla Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    Portarlington, Ireland. Phone: 057 8642882. ALternate phone: 087 2466643. Email: info@derryvillablueberries.com. Fresh blueberries available during August & September. Their website is down (as of July 2015), so that may not be a good sign.  Be sure to call before you go. Also, I've seen reports that say they only allow adults to pick, no children. Check with them, if you have children along. (UPDATED: July 12, 2015, JBS)

Co. Tipperary

  • The Apple Farm - strawberries, apples
    Moorstown, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Ireland. Phone: 353 (0)52 7441459. ALternate phone: 353 (0)86 6091998. Email: con@theapplefarm.com. As well as apples, we grow pears, plums, sweet cherries, strawberries and raspberries. We also have a Camping and Caravan Park on the farm. And when we are not busy with this, you will find us making apple juice, and mixed juices from our other fruits; all done here on the farm. We even make a sparkling apple juice, and cider vinegar here too. We have a farm shop from which our produce is available all year round.  (ADDED: July 12, 2015, JBS)

Co. Wicklow

  • Conroy's Wicklow Raspberries - raspberries
    Rocky Valley Drive, Kilmacanogue, County Wicklow, Ireland. Phone: (01) 286 0618. Alternate phone: (086) 606 3339. Email: jeanne@wicklowraspberries.com. Open: July and August. At Conroy's we grow our raspberries in the open air where the fruit ripens in the natural sunshine, without the use of poly tunnels. We have chosen raspberry canes specially cultivated in Scotland for their hardiness and high quality yield. The hardiness of these Scottish varieties is of benefit in the Irish climate and the two we use are Glen Moy and Glen Ample. The Glen Moy fruits extra early so that we can expect to start picking our first raspberries by the end of June. The large fruits have an excellent flavour. Glen Ample is the best and heaviest cropping of the mid-season raspberries. These canes produce a full sweet raspberry that is ripe from the first week of July with generous crops running into early August.  (ADDED: July 12, 2015, JBS)

Picking Tips

[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!]  [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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