Lurgan-based Annaghmore Mushrooms opened its doors to the public as part of the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend. The local mushroom grower and distributer, which works in partnership with the Northway Growing Group, was one of 21 farms taking part in the open weekend which is in its 3rd year.
Open Farm Weekend is about fun and educational learning for visitors and this year’s event provided Annaghmore Mushrooms and Northway Mushrooms with the perfect opportunity to showcase the mushroom industry in Northern Ireland to the wider public.
As well as a cookery demonstration using some of the province’s finest mushrooms, visitors were treated to a tour of Annaghmore Mushrooms’ growing and processing facilities, giving them an insight into how mushrooms are grown and nurtured to ensure the very best quality standards. Educational videos were also on hand to demonstrate the life-cycle of mushrooms, as well as fun funghi-growing quizzes for the kids!
The event was a celebration of the mushroom industry, a showcase of fine local produce and an educational experience in terms of the mushroom industry in Northern Ireland as a whole – providing not only a ‘taster’ of top quality mushrooms, but also a valuable insight into working in the mushroom industry.
Eamon Murray, owner of Annaghmore Mushrooms, said: “We were delighted with the turnout for Open Farm Weekend and the opportunity to share our passion for mushrooms and our team’s dedication and expertise in growing top quality mushrooms. Involvement with the local community and educating the public about how mushrooms are grown, through events such as Open Farm Weekend and school visits to our farm here in Lurgan, are a key part of our business. Thank you to everyone who joined us as well as those from Orchard Mushrooms, Annaghmore Mushrooms and the Northway team who made the day a real success. It was great to provide our visitors with a new insight into the mushroom industry in Northern Ireland and the work we do here at Annaghmore Mushrooms.”