Cherries are one of the majestic fruits of summer. However you don’t often find homegrown ones! Yes it is possible to grow cherries in Ireland, providing you know what you’re doing. Con Traas of The Apple Farm, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, is a dab hand at it. Famous for his apples and farm produced apple juices, cider vinegar, and now a new cider only in it’s first year of production, Con also grows soft fruits in season. His cherry trees are hanging with big, plump, dark cherries waiting to be picked. The flavour? Juicy, sweet, voluptuous and absolutely divine. You’ll eat a punnet in no time! Plums are also grown here – dark skinned, yellow fleshed, sweet and luscious – nothing like their imported under ripe and acidic counterparts. Irish stone fruit at it’s best in Tipperary. But hurry. The cherry crop will be finished in a week or so, with two weeks left for the plums. Strawberries and raspberries also available. Grab some while you can on a visit to the Apple Farm Shop, on the main Waterford/Limerick Road (N24) between Cahir and Clonmel. Stroll the farm, see the apple and fruit trees, enjoy a picnic at one of the outdoor tables. The Apple Farm also has summer camping facilities. Tents and camper vans welcome. Prices are extremely reasonable at €7.00 a head for adults per night, €4.50 for children, plus €2.50 for electricity per day. There’s an indoor eating area, games and book room and children’s play area. Plus a chance to see this working fruit farm in action. Get lost in the country for a couple of days. Life is definitely a bowl of cherries in Cahir.