The opening of a new Farm Shop took centre stage at the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend at Blackberry Hill Farm in Gilford.
A full range of European Angus beef and everything else you would expect in a produce quality led Farm Shop was showcased and available for purchase over the two days.
Farm owner, Harry McGaffin said he was absolutely delighted with the turn-out over the two days and was especially pleased with the interest shown in the new Blackberry Hill Farm Shop.
“I had been thinking about opening a shop on the Farm for quite a while now and with having signed up for this year’s Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend I decided there would be no better time for the launch.
“And of course it also ties in with the year of Food and Drink here in Northern Ireland.”
As a European Angus breeder and Secretary of the EA Cattle Society the emphasis in the new Farm Shop is on European Angus produce but Harry has also teamed up with a number of other suppliers to ensure that the full needs of the consumer will be met with lamb, bacon, eggs, potatoes and vegetables also readily available.
It is also his intentions to make Wagyu beef available in the Farm Shop in the not too distant future.
Local chef Gary Scott was on-hand to provide tastings over the two day period and visitors had a chance to view not only European Angus cattle but a variety of animals including chicks and pigs.
Visitors also had the opportunity to watch horse shoeing and flower arranging demonstrations.
Also on show were the new range of eco-beds from Blackberry Hill Farm.
“With old oil tanks forming the basis of these raised beds there’s a truly green aspect to these products,” said Harry. “It’s an idea I came up with for recycling old plastic oil tanks and putting them to good use as opposed to simply dumping them.
“The eco-beds are ideal for growing flowers and vegetables in and the fact that they are raised helps in terms of ease of plant management.”