Highbank Farm, Cuffesgrange
Highbank Organic Farm in Co. Kilkenny is steeped in family history since the 19th century. Kilkenny limestone underpins the fertility of the orchards, farmed organically by Rod and Julie Calder-Potts, to produce their apple juice – one of the finest and most delicious and their signature, multi-award winning Highbank Orchard Syrup, described as ‘one of the defining new Irish artisan foods’. Now their Proper Cider and their Drivers Cider have been added to their cornucopia, all healthy and gluten free, available from their farm shop.
Where: Highbank Organic Farm, Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny
By appointment for individuals and groups Mon – Sat. Farm visits can include: wildlife walks, talks on the rich local history or organic apple farming.
Phone: 056 772 9918
Experience: Calendar events on the farm at blossom and harvest time, plus their legendary theatre productions.
GPS: N +52° 34.577’ W -7° 18.299’
Kilkenny Free Range, Kilkenny
Chickens graze and roam freely in open pastures on Mary and Tony Walsh’s farm. Producing free range oven ready chicken and geese that are the choice of Kilkenny’s finest chefs, Mary says ‘our objective is to produce the best quality poultry while having the best regard possible for the welfare of the birds’. There’s no doubt that the Walsh’s care for their poultry and avoid artificial inventions, e.g. antibiotics, sprays, etc. and ensure that their rations are derived from natural sources.
Where: Callan Road, Co. Kilkenny
Open: By Appointment
Phone: 056 776 3426
Mobile: 087 643 997
Experience: Visit the farm to see the chicks and place your order for a Christmas Goose.
Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Thomastown
Margaret and Ger Kirwan run the trout farm started by Ger’s parents more than 50 years ago and are leading providers of premium Irish fresh and smoked trout and the first Irish trout caviar; launched in 2012 and now receiving great plaudits. Visitors will see how the incredibly pure spring water is harnessed on its journey through the farm and watch the trout at stages from eyed ova in the hatchery until they reach maturity at 20 months in the earthen ponds. ‘We’re open 365 days of the year and our trout are available for direct sale to all visitors-just let us know when you are coming’ – Mag and Ger Kirwan.
Where: Goatsbridge, Jerpoint, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Open: Mon – Fri, 1.00pm – 5.00pm (or by appointment)
Tel: 056 772 4140
Mobile: 086 818 8340
Experience: Visit and learn about the life cycle of the trout.
GPS: N +52° 30.441’ W -7° 09.955’
Knockdrinna Cheese & Fram Shop, Stoneyford
At Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, we pride ourselves in making the finest quality artisan cheese, using the best quality milk from local farmers. Awarded Supreme Champion at British Cheese Award for Kilree Goats Cheese, we have a range of sheep, goat and cow’s milk cheeses to meet a variety of tastes, from the mildest gentlest goats cheese to the most robust mature sheep’s cheese. We also produce our own free range rare breed pork, which are fed on the whey from the cheese making process. Visit our farm shop and café for Knockdrinna and the best of local produce.
Where: Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny
Open: Tues – Sat, 10.00am – 6.00pm & Sun, Jun – Aug
Phone: 056 772 8446
Mobile: 086 859 7716
Experience:Cheese making courses throughout the year. Guided cheese tasting session – min: 4 people. Booking essential
GPS: N 52° 32.179’ W7° 13.682’