There are cheesemakers and bee-keepers, fruit farmers and cider makers, butchers and bakers, and sauce and jam makers. There are also ice-cream makers, oil producers, meat producers, and sweet and crisp makers, amongst a vibrant network of producers.
These dedicated artisans behind the truly outstanding food produce of Tipperary are creating gourmet experiences that are crying out to be savoured. You will find them on the shelves of our shops and in café and restaurants the length and breadth of the county – not to mention throughout Ireland and beyond.
Many of these food producers work directly on the land. It could reasonably be said working the rolling hills and grassy valleys of Tipperary, home of the Golden Vale and some of the most fertile soil in Ireland, gives them something of an unfair advantage.
Why not visit one of these inspirational food heroes this summer? Learn about the biodiversity in their farms, or find out how to smoke your own food. One thing is for sure, you will be enthralled by the passion, knowledge and craft of these food heroes.
Brookfield Farm specialises in artisan food delivered direct to you. Amid the stunning surrounds of lush farmland that shanks the shores of Lough Derg, delicious wildflower honey, farm-made beeswax candles and tender lambs are all produced on site for visitors to savour.
Guests will enjoy a talk on beekeeping and honey tasting. Experience a farm walk through acres of flower meadows on the shores of scenic Lough Derg. Understand the Irish black bee and the importance of pollinators. Enjoy beautiful broadleaf trees, magnificent lake views, lovely flower meadows and crops, friendly sheep, birds and wildlife. Or bring home some beeswax candles and delicious honey to remind you of your visit.
For more information visit Brookfield Farm
Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers is a 100 per cent family-owned and managed business. When Louis and Jane Grubb moved back to the family farm in the late 1970s, their ambition was to harness the quality of their sweet, creamy milk to make a traditional farmhouse product, and in doing so to provide a livelihood for their family and locality. From this notion Cashel Blue® was born.
Today, family and community remain as core values to their philosophy and business. Cashel Blue® continues to be made in a traditional manner by the second generation, Sarah and Sergio Furno. They also make Cashel Blue Organic, Crozier Blue – Ireland’s only sheep’s milk blue and Shepherd’s Store, a hard sheep’s milk cheese. They are open for food tours in the summer of 2020.
You can book online at Cashel Blue
Blackcastle Farm Tours
Blackcastle Farm is a Bord Bia approved farm with an abundance of biodiversity and wildlife. They have been breeding a beautiful herd of Piedmontese cattle since 2005. They are committed to the environment, biodiversity, and sustainable farming management. Hedgerows have remained untouched for 10 years to allow birds and other wildlife to flourish on the farm. There is an ancient ring fort on the farm that has been unsoiled for generations. No pesticides are used on Blackcastle Farm and as a result they have lots of wildflowers and dandelions.
Blackcastle Farm also has a full programme of workshops in their 200-year-old sustainably restored cow sheds, focused on food and sustainable living. Workshops include seasonal and cultural cooking, smoking, curing and, preserving foods, building a back-yard smoker or clay oven, growing food, herbs and spices, river biodiversity walk, catching and cooking fish, enhancing biodiversity in your space.
You can book here: Blackcastle Farm
Cloncannon Biofarm is located on the beautiful western slopes of the Devils’ Bit mountains in Tipperary. They are firmly committed to the principles of organic food production and strive to enhance the natural habitats on the farm. They keep bees, organic free range chickens, organic beef, vegetables and soft fruits. They share their knowledge and always welcome the suggestions and experiences of the visitors. Visits are by ‘appointment only’ and they specialise in catering for groups.
Sean would be delighted to welcome you to Cloncannon Biofarm, to take a fun, learning guided tour of the beautiful nature areas with hands-on activities, visit the historic ringfort, do a little mini beast hunting and then meet the friendly donkeys, curious pigs and the welcoming geese. There is a huge variety of nutritious organic food in the ‘super market’ on the farm. Refreshments can be provided. Cost: 50 euro for a family of 4, for the approx 2 hour activities.
You can book here Cloncannon Biofarm