Food trends come and go. One that seems to be going to stick around for quite a time yet though, is the ‘grow your own’ movement. GYO is not just for home gardeners and cooks, but also for businesses who are maximising on their land to provide for their menus. At Ballyvolane House in Fermoy, Co. Cork, Justin and Jenny Greene have been growing their own seasonal fruit and veggies in the house’s walled garden for quite some years. Now they also have free range pigs and a flock of hens for eggs. Ballyvolane also has its own well stocked trout lakes, and beats on the River Blackwater for salmon fishing in season. Menus are based on these home provided ingredients. Dinner here is an informal gathering around the large dining room table, where house guests mingle and chat and often make new friends in the process. If you and your loved one fancy getting cosy in this kind of environment for Valentine’s, the Greenes are running some special offer romantic bed, breakfast and dinner packages for the month of February. Check them out and get ready to experience to a stay in a historical period house, which is also a family home and boutique guest accommodation, and where service is discreet and friendly, and food provenance is very high on the list of importance to the owners.