Orchard Acre Farm
Teresa O’Hare has been farming all her life. Her parents were hill sheep and suckling cattle farmers in County Down. Now with her husband she has continued the farming tradition with their own small holding in NW Fermanagh; a stone’s throw from Lough Erne. Fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown and they keep a flock of hens for fresh eggs.
Teresa is a teacher by profession and studied environmental science at Ulster University. She and her husband share their passion and knowledge about food with guests on a year-round programme of cookery courses and food-related events in the Eco Barn.
Since they opened the farm as a centre of activity-based learning in 2008 it has picked up a string of awards. The whole farm family is involved in the business, as are neighbours working as tutors and in events management.
Guests can see, feel and touch the food growing around them. They can choose to be directly involved in harvesting, get up close to the cooking and then dine on the farm fresh foods. The food story is transparent from the Plot where it grows to the Plate in front of each guest.
They might be eating grapes grown in the greenhouse, free-range eggs, apples or “Walking Egyptian” pearl onions.
Open to the general public on Tuesday afternoons from St Patricks Day until Halloween for afternoon teas and garden tours. Private corporate events and Hen parties are particularly popular. They currently sell surplus in the summer months and edible flowers to Mahon’s Hotel, Irvinestown.
What They Do
Food-related events on their farm: Private hire of the Eco Barn: Hen party specialists