Clarke’s Fresh Fruit is a family run business in Stamullen, County Meath currently growing 60 acres of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
Owner and Director Pat Clarke is a Bord Bia quality assured soft fruit producer who has established a reputation for the production of quality fresh fruit over the past 50 years.
The experience gained while picking fruit for pocket money cultivated Pat’s keen interest in strawberry growing from a young age. He received some plants as a gift from a neighbor and produced his first crop from 10 drills on the family farm in 1960. The ‘fruitful’ gift yielded choice berries and the seed of today’s complex business was sown. The enterprise grew steadily and the luscious produce was soon claiming top prices in the Dublin Market.
Pat Clarke was the man who introduced the Elsanta variety of strawberries to Ireland in 1983 and the highly sought after berries were first auctioned in the Dublin Market on July 25th of that year, at record prices.
With their excellent flavor, firm texture and lengthy shelf-life, approximately 80% of the strawberries grown in Ireland today are Pat’s Elsanta variety. That is down to the vision of one man.
More than half a century on, the family farm is now a commercial growing facility, employing over 140 people. Pat is ably assisted by his brother James, family members and a highly skilled workforce to produce tons of superior berries. The fruit is freshly picked, packed and dispatched daily from April to November.