Long Meadow Farm in Portadown is nestled in the Orchard County of Armagh and owned and run by the McKeever family. They are third generation apple growers, growing and harvesting a variety of apples namely the PGI Bramley Apple and a variety of sweet apples, such as Granadier, Katy, Elstar and Worcester to name a few.
Daily life on an apple farm can vary depending on the seasons and the time of year, work can involve anything from pruning to mowing the orchards, looking after the trees and soil to ensure they have enough nutrients and minerals in preparation for the busiest time of year, apple harvest.
The McKeever family diversified in 2014 to create Long Meadow Cider, which has an award- winning product range that includes craft ciders, apple juice and apple cider vinegar, produced from their homegrown, handpicked apples and is firm favourite in high quality hotels, farm shops, bars and delis across Ireland.
They have also diversified further into the tourism industry and are currently providing orchard/cider tours for local, national and international visitors. These have proven to be very popular and of great interest to visitors where they have the opportunity to see the various orchard plantations, the cold storage facilities where apples are stored, the pressing and blending facilities, the apple cider vinegar room and of course the opportunity to taste their amazing craft ciders and apple juice.