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As some of you may know, I have been working very closely with the vegetable grower, Ultan Walsh, over the past few years. Since he moved to a new nine acre farm, three years ago, the range and quality of Ultan’s produce has been an inspiration. As well as being a passionate and hugely talented grower, Ultan has a fierce appetite for experimentation, and every season brings a new and potentially exciting trial crop alongside the returning favourites. This is a fantastic energy input to have behind a restaurant.
I love my regular trips to the farm, partly for the fun of checking up on the developments in the tunnels and open fields, and partly for the hospitality of Ultan and his partner, Lucy Stewart. Well, from May, this is something everyone can check out. Ultan and Lucy are opening guest rooms in their lovely new home, offering not only bed & breakfast, but dinner too. And let me tell you, they are both fabulous cooks and generous hosts.
So, for anyone who fancies a day or two on an innovative vegetable farm in the rolling hills of South Cork, take a look at the website. The farm is called Gort-na-Nain. It’s not easy to find, but it’s not easy to leave either.
Posted on: 11 March 2007