Armagh Apple Farm is owned by Philip and Helen Troughton of Ballinteggart House, Drumnasoo Road, Portadown. Makers of award winning cider and apple juice, this year they are celebrating their eleventh year in business, and sixth Open Farm Weekend!
The Troughton family have been growing apples at Ballinteggart for four generations and is the home to Armagh Cider Company which is the first commercial cider company in Northern Ireland.
Having grown from strength to strength, in 2016 they celebrated their tenth birthday and the range now includes award winning traditional and flavoured ciders, as well as apple juice and cider vinegar – all made using Armagh Apples grown on the farm!
We are hosting a range of fun and free activities on both the Saturday and Sunday from 10am. As well as guided tours of the orchards, production unit and bottling room, there are activities for the kids including treasure trails, orchard train, live demonstration bee hive, and apple peeling competitions, including the chance to make your own apple juice!
There will also be the opportunity to taste lots of delicious apple juice (ciders for mums and dads!) and a host of fantastic apple based food available to purchase from local producers, including BBQ and Ice Cream.
Helen says “We’ll be welcoming people to the farm from 10am – with a BBQ and locally made Ice cream, which you can enjoy in the shade of our lovely apple trees. We’re also happy for people to bring along a picnic. But if the weather isn’t the best we have plenty of activities inside our very large farm buildings so you’re guaranteed a great day out no matter what the weather is!
As our farm is also home to a Horse Stud, you may be lucky enough to see some new born foals. We also have pygmy goats, but we do ask that you do not feed the animals
We produce Apple Juice and Cider made from apples grown on our farm. We will be having both indoor and outdoor treasure trails, apple themed games, apple peeling competitions, tractor rides, guided tours of the farm and production unit and the chance to make your own apple juice. You will be able to see bees in a demonstration hive and we will also be hosting a local food market & BBQ.
As our farm is also home to a Horse Stud, you may be lucky enough to see some new born foals. But we ask that you do not feed the horses.
There will be a BBQ available on the day and we’re happy for people to bring along a picnic which they can eat in the shade of our lovely apple trees. If the weather isn’t the best, we would suggest that you bring wellies and raincoats, although we will have plenty of activities inside our very large farm buildings
To get to Armagh Apple Farm take the Dobbin Road from Portadown to Armagh and take the third turn off on the right for Drumnasoo Road (turn off at Classic Fireplaces between Allens Honda & Bryan Hynds). We are the last lane on the left before the bridge – you will see the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend sign. The farm is at the end of the lane. You’re all very welcome!
Alternatively, take the Loughgall Road from Portadown. The Drumnasoo Road will be well signposted on your left. We are the first lane on the right after the bridge.
Apples are the theme of the day and we will be having plenty of local suppliers join us to offer apple-based foods to all our visitors.There will also be a BBQ and Ice cream for visitors, or you can bring a packed lunch if you’re planning to make a day of it!
We will have ample parking on-site at the farm.