When “buffalo” means Buffalo Mozzarella! Who knew that the creamiest of mozzarella cheeses came from a water buffalo? I didn’t. Did I just admit a lack of knowledge on something edible and Italian?
About 20 years ago, Jack, my Aunt Cat and I drove through the valleys of Compania searching for buffalo. Silly me imaging the bison that ruled the plains were nestled in the Sannio Hills. Oooops – classic mistake. Can you imagine milking a two-story tall mammoth bison? Thanks to Martenette Farms, a group of ten farm to table foodies will see the buffalo for themselves.
Fattoria al Tavolo With Martenette Farms*
Ace organic farmers Andrea and Tony of Martenette Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey wanted to share their love of farming and good eating with others. They created a super culinary and farm adventure that takes place in my home town, Pontelandolfo, from October 17 – 24, 2020. Guess what it includes? A visit to a buffalo farm!
Participants will explore, eat and live in a small southern Italian village. Becoming part of village life, they will gain a cultural understanding of what lies behind great Southern Italian dishes. This farm to table experience is for those of you who want to see a part of Italy that is off the crowded tourist trail, see where the local food comes from and taste dishes that go back generations.
For example, the group will eat in private homes and at agriturismos – farms that serve food. Visit working farms, hear lectures on herbs, look for edibles in the Sannio Hills, learn the ancient sport of cheese rolling – La Ruzzula, and of course visit olive groves and taste great wine after trekking through vineyards.
Check out their website for details – Martenette Farms
I can’t wait to meet this group of culinary adventurers! Ci vediamo!
*Regretfully, there are no special dietary considerations. Since you will eating in people’s homes, not restaurants, accommodations cannot be made for allergies or preferences. This medieval village has charming cobblestone streets, but it is not handicapped accessible. The adventure and experience in the home of local families requires the ability to climb stairs, walk on uneven streets and feel comfortable in a hilly mountain environment. The calendar of events may change but will be similar.
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Italy uses all of its livestock in some way. The butcher stores in Milan displayed many meat parts or cheeses unknown to l’amerigan behind your bacj
On Thu, Feb 13, 2020, 11:56 AM Nonna’s Mulberry Tree wrote:
> midgeguerrera posted: ” When “buffalo” means Buffalo Mozzarella! Who knew > that the creamiest of mozzarella cheeses came from a water buffalo? I > didn’t. Did I just admit a lack of knowledge on something edible and > Italian? About 20 years ago, Jack, my Aunt Cat and I drove thro” >
Hi Midge As I sit here in Oregon reading the BBC News about Italy and the impact of Coronavirus I’m thinking of you and wondering where you are? Are you in Italy or NJ? There probably isn’t anywhere this virus is going to avoided (except maybe the international space station I guess). Anyway just thinking of you and wondering where you are. If you’re in Italy then you’re going to have one hell of a blog to write. Wherever you are I hope you’re healthy. Sending fondest wishes for your safe health Hugs Terri Thomas
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Terri we are in NJ and can’t get home for a while. I Have spoken to folks in Italy and am impressed with their resilience. A blog to follow.