New Farm Shop launched at Blackberry Hill Farm

Admiring the cattle at Blackberry Hill Farm, Gilford are Julie-Ann Moorhead, DAERA who is a member of the Steering Group team of the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend and her daughter, Emily.

Admiring the cattle at Blackberry Hill Farm, Gilford are Julie-Ann Moorhead, DAERA who is a member of the Steering Group team of the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend and her daughter, Emily.

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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 vailable to buy over the two days.

Launching the new Blackberry Hill Farm Shop in Gilford during the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend are Harry McGaffin and Sam Hughes from Blackberry Hill Farm. Lending their support are Collette Kelly and Colette Mulholland from Bank of Ireland

Launching the new Blackberry Hill Farm Shop in Gilford during the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend are Harry McGaffin and Sam Hughes from Blackberry Hill Farm. Lending their support are Collette Kelly and Colette Mulholland from Bank of Ireland

Farm owner, Harry McGaffin said he was delighted with the turn-out.

“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,” he said.

“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.

‘I’d been thinking about opening a shop for quite a while now’

Harry also teamed up with other suppliers and hopes to make Wagyu beef available in the Farm Shop soon.

Local chef Gary Scott was on-hand to provide tastings over the two day period and visitors had a chance to view European Angus cattle, chicks and pigs.

Visitors had the opportunity to watch horse shoeing and flower arranging demos.

Also on show were a new range of eco-beds.

“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.”