Pictured above Peter Donegan with Con Traas of The Apple Farm.
Located between Clonmel and Cahir just off the N24 lies The Apple Farm of Tipperary, is a 60 plus variety 35 acre apple orchard that also grows some plums, pears and other soft fruits.
A little drive down the avenue however and you will find yourself parked outside The Apple Farm Shop that only sells it own on site made produce, made solely from its very on site grown produce. This shed as a by the way also doubles up as the booking office for The Apple Camping and Caravan Park that Con’s parents set up in 1982.
Last week I took some time away from horticulture [?] and decided to spend 4 nights camping there. And without question and by a very long country mile The Apple Farm is one the top spots I have ever had the honour to pay money to and stay in.
Imagine that; going on holidays so you could look at more apple tree varieties than you could shake a stick at and talking about grafting…. But the reality is, it is what and where I love going and doing. And though I know I do it 24/ 7, it is what one has to [?] do, nee does, I feel, in horticulture; in order to be able to take what is college embraced theory and make it merge with a feeling that should naturally by sight, sense or touch feel come so very easily like an almost enchanted seventh sense.
Then again, it’s no surprise my favourite bedtime stories growing up were James and The Giant Peach, Jack and The Beanstalk and The Principles of Horticulture. The latter being my personal favourite.
Con will feature on The Sodshow in the next coming weeks and I’ll embed that interview here after it goes to podcast.
Of note for my stay here for 4 nights cost euro 74 with no additional charges [ie showers etc]; apart from that that I spent in the farm shop which stays open until 9pm every evening. In the meantime, 10 out of 10 and higher than highly recommended. And for the horticultural outdoor loving fruit heads like me, this is as close as you’ll get to finding the promised land.
update: And while I was there…. I went to meet Adam and Paul. At Blarney Castle and Gardens 😉