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Ballylagan Organic Farm was the first farm in Co. Antrim to achieve organic certification from the Soil Association in the early nineties.   Shortly after, we became the first in Northern Ireland to open an organic shop outlet which over the years has grown from farm gate sales to a thriving marketplace selling everything from fruit and vegetables to household cleaners. 

The original shop was officially opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in May 1999 but since then we have moved across the yard into bigger, purpose built premises. 

Other areas of the farm are continually developing and in November of 2011 we welcomed the first patrons to our new Tea Room. From a simple scone and a cup of tea or coffee to a delicious light lunch, we aim to demonstrate that eating organic is not a ‘hair shirt’ experience but a pleasure.  All the food is prepared on site with organic ingredients, frequently making use of produce grown on farm. 

In November 2011 we also began producing our own power using a micro hydro electric scheme to harness the energy of the Bryantang Water which courses through the farm. 

The Guest House offers a unique experience with the unbeatable formula of good organic food, relaxing surroundings, seriously comfortable beds and a friendly atmosphere.  Guests and customers will also be able to take a short stroll (approx 1 km) through part of the farm along a route taking in the water intake for the turbine and the newly planted 6 acre woodland.

The farm and shop have featured in the Observer Food Monthly, the Bridgestone Food Lover’s Guide to Northern Ireland and Rick Stein’s Food Heroes.  We also appeared on the television programme the Great British Menu when Chef Richard Corrigan visited the farm.    

 

For a personal account of the farm history please click here.