What a fun weekend we have just had! Very pleasant cherry-picking weather brought out the crowds. The orchard was buzzing with happy pick-your-own-ers and our shady picnic area was very well used. We even had a baby shower being celebrated in great style at Ballinaclash on Sunday.

Many people chose the Cherry Express to take them into the orchard whilst others chose to walk in and have a leisurely stroll around.

At the moment we are picking Rons and Vegas, as well as apricots. The Farmgate Shop also has our peaches and loquats for sale as well as all the usual cherry products – sauce, jam, cordial, ice-cream, wine and pies.

If you happen to get sick of cherries (but we can’t understand how that could possibly be!), then why not try our other delicious products made from our other fruits including quince paste, fig and walnut paste, chilli plum sauce, ginger plum sauce and our selection of homemade jams.

For those of you that don’t like crowds, come and visit us on a weekday when our visitors can enjoy the quieter picking conditions plus the bonus of being able to drive themselves into the orchard.

We are all getting very excited about this weekend’s cherry festival and to celebrate, we have decided to extend our opening hours on Saturday from 8am to 8pm.

So why not head to Ballinaclash for some twilight cherry picking – it’s such a beautiful time of day in the orchard. Don’t forget to bring your camera and a picnic for lunch or tea or both!

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