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: December 2016: Apples are still available, but already picked. In some areas, late season crops, are still available (if there hasn't been a frost) - like persimmons, pears, winter squash, kiwis, even figs and raspberries. See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. But now it is time to tag your Christmas tree at a local Christmas tree farm (and enjoy a bonfire, smore, hot chocolate and free hayrides, and often Santa visits! And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt - see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!
And we have home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! 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 directions
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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!
Lamberts Fruit Farm - raspberries,
strawberries, tayberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and
Cruagh lane, Rathfarnham. Tel: 01-4939896. Open:to the public from end June - early August on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays , weather permitting. You are given buckets and may pick as you like. You pay by weight for what you pick. Note: there is an interesting article in the Irish Times about this farm and other PYO's here. (UPDATED: July 12, 2015, JBS)
Derryvilla Blueberry Farm - blueberries
Portarlington, Ireland. Phone: 057 8642882. ALternate phone: 087 2466643. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
- The Apple Farm
- strawberries, apples
Moorstown, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Ireland. Phone: 353 (0)52 7441459. ALternate phone: 353 (0)86 6091998. Email: email@example.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)
Wicklow Raspberries - raspberries
Rocky Valley Drive, Kilmacanogue, County Wicklow, Ireland. Phone: (01) 286 0618. Alternate phone: (086) 606 3339. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
[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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