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The apple orchards in full bloom at Long Meadow farm

The apple orchards in full bloom at Long Meadow farm

Pat and Catherine McKeever

Pat and Catherine McKeever

The apple orchards in full bloom at Long Meadow farm

The Food Heartland in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough is on course for a bumper apple harvest after an impressive blossom season across its orchards.

Favourable spring weather and an expected bounce back from last year's relatively light crop mean both the yield and quality of the Food Heartland's most well-known crop looks set to bloom.

Pat McKeever from Long Meadow Cider, last year's winner of the Innovation Award in the annual Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Business Awards, said: "It looks like this year we're going to have a nice crop of apples.

"Last year some of our orchards yielded only 25% of normal, but so far the blossom suggests we're going to get a full crop.

"We've had good weather so this crop will push on between now and harvest in the autumn."

Belfast Telegraph