Organic cheese tour in Wisconsin

Many people simply love cheese. All types of cheese, but one thing is important: Quality! Wisconsin is the land of cheese in the United States, so this is the place that crosses our mind first. The state has over 9.500 dairy farms with over 1,270,000 dairy cows produce 3,167,495,000 lbs. cheese in 2016! That’s a lot of cheese.

 

The Wisconsin Dairy Heritage dates back to the 1830s when farm wives started to make ‘kitchen’ cheese from their cows’ milk. And it is the home for the annual World Championship Cheese Contest where Wisconsin is the leader in the industry.

 

If you care for pesticide and herbicide free food then you should definitely visit the organic farms in Wisconsin. They obviously follow green best practices and feed their cows with non-GMO crops. Then they make the delicious chemical free cheese from their milk, which can be cheddar, monetary jack, muenster, farmers, mozzarella,

 

Cedar Grove – is located in the heart of the cheese making region – makes cheese in a traditional, old-fashion way and they also educate visitors about the art and history of cheese making, and how small production effects the environment and the other businesses around them. They also have windows in their store where you can see how they make the cheese in the factory. They have all kind of cheese including daily specials and specialty cheeses you cannot find anywhere else. They also have a squeaky cheese curd. If not organic, their cheeses are hormone and GMO free.

 

Castle Rock Farms is also proud of their sustainable farming and organic cheese making operations. They believe in respecting the land they use and the quality they create. They offer various sized cheese gift boxes and many types of organic cheeses including blue cheese, cheese curd, cheese spreads and raw cheddar plus ice cream. They have very interesting flavored cheeses: Cajun, Garam Masala, Black Bean Salsa and Lemon-Thyme-Ginger.

 

Otter Creek Organic Farm really does an effort to keep their environment under sustainable operations they even make their own fertilizers. They specialized in seasonal, raw cheddar cheese made from a single farm. Their award winning cheese is the Pesto Cheddar, which is unpasteurized and aged at least six months giving it a rich, full and creamy taste.

 

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Agritourism, the joy of visiting farms

Do you like wild flower fields or orange tree gardens where you smell the scents and see the bees being busy pollinating plants? Or perhaps you like waking up for a freshly baked organic breakfast made from local ingredients from the farm’s own garden? Then agritourism or agrotourism is for you. What is agritourism? It refers to activities or stay in a private farm like fishing, u-pick, farm stays, farm tours, cooking classes, wine tasting, horseback riding and wildlife study, while any volunteering opportunity falls under rural tourism.

 

There are plenty of farms all over the world and you can find sustainable organic developments and agriculture businesses anywhere. California is the top agricultural producer of the US, therefore it is abundant in local, organic farms. I went on a trip to Ojai Valley with my friends last time and we stumbled upon a little olive oil company hidden from the main road and are off path. We found out that the Ojai Olive Oil Company produces 100% organic olive oil, which are locally grown, hand picked, pressed and bottled at the premises. They bought their press machines from Italy since these cold presses are not sold in the country. They have a wide range of products on offer they make from their olive oils including organic olive oils with infused with various flavors, soaps, lip balms, flavored balsamic vinegars and face creams. Definitely a stop by when you are in Ojai Valley.

 

I also found an agricultural farm stay place while searching for organic farms in the Amalfi Coast area. Le Tore Farm and B&B is located in Massa Lubrense, Campania near to Sorrento and between the Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi Coast at the elevation of 500 meters (0.30 mi). The building is actually a 19th century masseria surrounded with apple orchards, vines, olive and lemon trees, beef heart tomato, eggplants and animals. They offer accommodation with organic breakfast from their garden. They also produce limoncello – the Italian specialty drink –, olive oils and other products. They are truly committed to sustainable agriculture, so they recycle waste, minimize watering, reuse human waste, reduce packaging and they are working on new green solution for electric and thermal energy.

 

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Chocolate and vacation

Who doesn’t like these two things especially when they are together  I’m a big fan of organic farms so I was happy to discover that Grenada has many organic cocoa plantations using sustainable gardening methods. Twelve farmers work together in a cooperative providing the cocoa beans for the Grenada Chocolate Company, a producer of the award winning organic dark chocolate bar. I was specifically interested in Belmont Estate, which is in a strategic alliance with the Grenada Chocolate Company, and a grower of an array of exotic spices. I liked their Continue reading “Chocolate and vacation”