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OverviewMr Jeffares Blackcurrants produces 100% natural cold-pressed pure juice with no added sugar, made from homegrown Irish blackcurrants at Ballykelly Farm, Co Wexford.
Meet The Maker
These superior Irish outdoor-grown blackcurrants from the Jeffares family farm in Wexford come with three generations of farming know-how. It’s safe to say that Des Jeffares, a third-generation blackcurrant grower, knows his blackcurrants. He is the husband of Good Food Ireland Founder Margaret Jeffares, who also runs Good Food Ireland from the farm.
Chefs and food producers love his blackcurrants for their plump ripeness and sweet juicy flavour, while a more recent product of 100% Natural Cold-Pressed Pure Juice, Irish Blackcurrant Cordial, with No Added Sugar is also a real hit.
Since 1955, Des Jeffares’ family have grown these blackcurrants at Ballykelly Farm, in Ireland’s sunny south-east in County Wexford. Des produces and sells whole blackcurrants, fresh from the farm during harvest at end of July to mid-August and frozen IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) all year-round.
Des has over a hundred acres of blackcurrants. Specially selected varieties are grown to the highest international standards, using environmentally friendly practices. Fruit are harvested at optimum ripeness, then frozen on the farm (so no long-distance travel) within hours of harvesting to retain that fresh ‘on the farm’ goodness. Ballykelly Blackcurrants are whole berries, free of waste.
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!
Discover the inner workings of a blackcurrant farm with a visit to Des Jeffares’ family farm in the sunny south-east of Ireland
Group tours of the blackcurrant farm can be booked in advance. Des will take you around the blackcurrant farm, guiding you through the fascinating life cycle of his blackcurrants. You’ll also get a chance to sample his Irish Blackcurrant Cordial, produced using his cold-pressed blackcurrants.
Experiences By Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants
Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants has a longstanding reputation for supplying the highest quality fruit, and to preserve that reputation, all their fruit from field to store is fully traceable through each stage of the process.
Ballykelly farm has full Bord Bia Quality Assurance, which means that his farming practices are monitored to the most exacting standards. Specially selected varieties are grown to the highest international standards, using environmentally friendly practices.
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