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 13th year in business, and 8th 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 Saturday and Sunday from 10 am. 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 beehive, 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 10 am – 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 newborn foals. We also have pygmy goats, but we do ask that you do not feed the animals.