What You’ll Do
Discover the workings of a blackcurrant farm as Des and his two golden retrievers Molly and Sofie (don’t worry they are very friendly) take you on a tour through the fascinating life cycle of his blackcurrants and learning how these Irish berries became interwoven in Wexford’s cultural history.
You’ll see the hedgehog piles, the bird boxes and wildlife habitats that all contribute to sustainable production as well as the young horses and breeding mares that graze the land. You can even give a carrot to Tom, Sooty and Beauty, the farm’s donkeys.
On returning to the farmyard and home, you will enjoy a delicious blackcurrant cocktail (non-alcoholic)
Tour of the blackcurrant farm
Tasting of a non-alcoholic cocktail made from the berries grown and harvested on the farm
About Our Member
Since 1955, Des Jeffares’ family have grown blackcurrants on this Blackcurrant and Stud Farm, in the sunny south-east corner of Ireland’s Ancient East. That’s an awful lot of accumulated expertise and perfection in the art of growing blackcurrants, so you can appreciate, he really knows his stuff and Des tells a personal family story that is embedded in the locality, how it has influenced relationships and become part of local culture.
Des has over a hundred acres of blackcurrants and the Ballykelly farm has full Bord Bia Quality Assurance, which means that Jeffares’ farming practices are monitored to the most exacting standards. It takes three years for each plant to produce harvestable fruit. That requires an investment of patience and dedication and hope that the weather will be kind to the crop once it starts to grow.
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Start time – 10am
This is a farm walk so come prepared for all weathers.
The ground is mainly flat, and walking pace won’t be too fast, but be prepared to cover 3.2km (2 miles) across grassland.
The tour is not ideal for children under 8 years old due to the walking distance.
As it’s a working farm, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The farm is located off the N25 road, south of Wexford town. Take the turn off the N25 is opposite the Coal Bunker Pub and drive about 2 minutes down the road to reach the farm.View on Maps
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