Our Growing Story

The Keelings family story stretches all the way back to 1926 when the current farm was established. From the early 1920’s to the late 1960’s, rhubarb was one of our main crops. In the 1930s, we began growing fruits and salads and supplying them to local Dublin markets.

We first planted strawberries in 1937, with Bramleys following in 1949. Since then we’ve expanded our range but we continue to grow, and source, the very best quality fresh produce for you to enjoy.

Love to Grow

We are passionate about what we do and we use our years of expertise to work with our growers and suppliers to constantly develop fresh produce to the highest level of best value, best quality, best appearance, best taste and best flavour. In 2013, we launched our “Love To Grow” brand so when you see the Keelings name, you know you’re getting fresh, quality and great tasting healthy produce.

Keelings Today

Today, in addition to growing berries on our farms, we also grow Bramley apples, eating apples, pears, cherries, blackberries, raspberries & blueberries alongside our strawberries. We want you and your family to share our passion for fresh produce of the highest possible quality. We invite you and your family to savour their succulent flavours, and reap the many health benefits of the vitamins, nutrients and minerals they contain.

We thank you for your valued support and we hope you will be with us all the way, generation after generation, sharing our passion for the better things in life.

Our History

The Keelings family story stretches all the way back to 1896 when our family worked a farm in the Donabate area of County Dublin. Our current farm was established in 1926 and from the early 1920’s to the late 1960’s, rhubarb was one of our main crops. In the 1930s, we began growing fruits and salads and supplying them to local Dublin markets.

We first planted strawberries in 1937, with Bramleys following in 1949. Since then we’ve expanded our range but we continue to grow, and source, the very best quality fresh produce for you to enjoy.

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1920's - 1950's

From the 1920’s through until the 1960’s, rhubarb was a mainstay of our growing crops. In the mid-thirties, we turned our attention to strawberries and in 1949 we added apples to meet demand in a barren post-war period. Flowers and bulbs also became our focus around this time when we exported golden daffodils and tulips to England.

1960's - 1990's

The next big step forward saw us investing heavily in the construction of glasshouses to improve the quality of our home-grown fruits, including tomatoes.  Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, our business grew in size and scope. We started shipping, sourcing and distributing fresh produce from around the world into Ireland, the UK and European markets.

1990's - 2000's

During the 1990s and 2000s, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries became the prime produce of our farms. In the past few years, further significant investment in state-of-the-art greenhouses enabled us to extend the Irish growing season from May to December – a first for any Irish company and a major innovation for Keelings.

Today

We continue our proud tradition of innovation by adding Bramley apples, eating apples, pears, cherries, blackberries, raspberries & blueberries alongside our strawberries to our growing portfolio. We have enriched our growing knowledge through global sourcing of produce, creating a worldwide network of important business partnerships based on mutual learning and respect for what we do. And in what counts as a major marketing initiative, we have successfully launched our Keelings ‘Love To Grow’ brand into the Irish Market.