Gubbeen Farm, near the village of Schull in West Cork, has stood on the edge of the ocean for six generations, each passing down the traditional practices of their ancestors to keep alive a thriving, self-sustaining farm. The current caretakers are Tom and Giana Ferguson and their children, Fingal and Clovisse. Between the four of them, there's a cheese maker, charcuterie producer, gardener, and knife maker. Gubbeen's products, such as Ireland's first chorizo and a washed-rind cheese that has notes of bog, forest, and earthy mushrooms, are found in farmers' markets and stores throughout Ireland. On a visit, you might sample a warming bowl of bean and sausage stew from the on-site smokehouse, featuring tender pork infused with the flavor of the Celtic Sea, which roars just beyond the farmhouse doors.
Gubbeen, Schull, Co. Cork