The farm is amazing with tons of fresh products. Fresh yogurt and cheese and bread. They make all types of fruit marmelades. Of the marmelades here my favorite is apple and my next is fig as well as the dulche de leche. Also they have bees and make honey. We picked mushrooms and have cooked them a few times now. Ever day we make a batch of fresh fruit juice to drink. The rice here is not processed like white rice so it has more flavor and nutrients. The one we eat is called missiones but they have many different types of rice, none of which I have ever heard of before. The butter I can eat plain with a spoon its so good, but I never end up eating it because the olive oil is so good. We take fresh eggs from the chickens daily as well as pick fresh greens for a salad every day. They also have lots of fruit trees.
Other interesting things about the farm. They have two types of cows and have about 100 cows with about 50 of each type so the mixture of fat and taste is what they want in the final product. They sell meat, beef and pork and make their own sausage and salami as well. They make their houses out of adobe and have grass growing on their roofs. They have biogas from the animal manure to have gas to cook and heat the water. They are a biodynamic farm and are all organic.
My experience here has been fun. We have a large lunch and eat with the family. And most people take a nap after lunch. I have had a great time doing lots of different things. My favorite I think is making cheese but bottling juices for sale, and making marmelade were also fun as well as working with adobe to help finish the walls, and the indoor wood oven for breads. As well as taking picking some fruit, making granola bars, taking the fresh eggs and feeding the chickens and milking the cows (which is just putting them on a machine) Mostly I have been labelling and packaging products but I have had the chance to do many other things.
Off to Nicaragua in a few days.
|Monkeys in the trees will sit and watch you|
|First time I have seen a peanut plant. These were pulled up to dry|
|This is called hibiscus and is used in teas and drinks.|
They sell dried Hibiscus at trader joes and it looks like gummy bear candies in the shape of a flower. Well the flower is quite succulent looking.
|a bush in the pond with red worms on it|
|Red worms close up|
|We made papaya marmelade|
|We bottled fresh grapefruit (both yellow and pink) juice with some orange mixed in|
|Adding the tops to the bottles|
|This is rice and a piece with the shell taken off.|
|They have chickens ducks and even an ostrich.|
|Cheese fresh out of the salted water its been in for two days.|
|Milking the cows.|
|Gouda with oregano|
|Gouda Cheese agring.|