Malone Fruit Farm and Farm Shop is a family run business located just outside Ballon Village. The Malone family have been growing fruit since 1988 and the business has grown considerably since then. It now comprises 12 acres, both outdoor and under tunnels, which provide a wide variety of soft fruits to the general public, retail, hotel and restaurant trade.
Strawberries are the main crop but the range includes raspberries, gooseberries, loganberries, tayberries, red, white and blackcurrants, blueberries and rhubarb, fresh when in season and frozen all year round. The Malone family pride themselves on their traditional jam and jelly recipes and since the introduction of a purpose-built kitchen in 2005, marmalades, chutneys and fruit cordial in many popular flavours have been added to the selection available.
A charming Farm Shop was set up by James Malone in 2012. This offers their customers a chance to visit the fruit farm or enjoy refreshments while browsing through Malone’s own range of homemade fruit jams and preserves, free range local eggs and baking. In addition, the shelves are filled with a carefully selected array of local and Irish food, gifts and arts and crafts and custom made hampers can be created for a special event.
‘Consumers now want to know more about where their food comes from and how it is produced. Our farm tourism talks let visitors come and see the produce growing in the field and then buy it straight from our farm shop.’