Did you know that Greens Berry Farm is one of only 6 or 7 soft fruit farms remaining in Wexford?
In 1960s and 70s, there was over 700 small family strawberry farms in Wexford alone!
Those days, the harvest lasted only 3 weeks. All crops were grown in open fields, harvested by local families and the produce went to make jam.
Small depots were set up all over the county and queues would form each evening as ripe fruit began to arrive for processing. There was no refrigeration and preservation methods were crude.
In the late 1980s, the fresh fruit market became more lucrative. And, since then, supermarkets became interested in fresh produce. Roadside sales became popular and legal.
Growers invested heavily in infrastructure and technology and found ways to extend the season.
Fruit growing became a full-time occupation as opposed to a sideline for most growers that remain.
However, the average age of fruit farm owners is 50+ as it’s not seen as a desirable occupation.
So, please appreciate – and support – the few that are left!
A real Wexford treasure and voted among “the top 10 things to do in Wexford.”
Almost all the soft fruit and new potatoes sold at their farm is grown on our farm. Food miles are eliminated as the fruit is picked and sold the same day within a few kilometers of its production.