Wild Land & Wood Smoke
Wild Smoked Salmon Picnics
Fairweather Picnic Meadow
In Spring we acquired some rather wild land next door to the smoke house, so thick with bramble, you couldn’t see the stand of trees that is now in the midst of our new smoke house ‘meadow’.
Where there was once an ugly fence, we now have borders of flowers and herbs that are still attracting bees, and next year we will be planting indigenous trees and hedging to shelter the smoke house from the prevailing and often ferocious winds. By summer 20017 we hope to have a lovely picnic spot, at the very least, for all the visitors who come from far and wide to see the smoke house.
Smoking the Smoke House
Most significantly, we extended the smoke house itself. It took two years to season the wood – literally by smoking it when we weren’t smoking fish. Its limit is the stone building it is housed within, so it will always be small room but we have extra capacity so we can cope with the huge demand we experience at Christmas.
Frank also purchased practically all of the wild salmon from all the local fishermen on the River Lee. It’s a short season from May to Mid August and quotas are small, so wild fish will always be very rare. That it is also hung–smoked makes it even more precious. Frank is now in his 35th year of smoking fish, so it really couldn’t be in better hands. It makes us the only producer smoking wild salmon exclusively from Ireland.
Summer was, as usual, extremely busy with the tourism season in Cobh, and at the English Market, Cork City, where we’ve just celebrated our fifth Culture Night. Over seven thousand people filled the aisles serenaded by music and our new crop of staff were plunged into the deep end … smiling.
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