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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Solar Hotel, an eco-friendly budget hotel in the heart of Paris

Sometimes we only need a couple of days to relax or we can only get away from work or family for a very short time. A few days in Paris can be a very rewarding vacation. I had a chance to spend three days there and I know I will definitely be back in the future.

 

Traveling to Europe can be a little expensive on the flight costs, however now there are some low cost long haul airlines available to get to the other side of the ocean. If you do not want to spend a fortune on hotels you can choose budget hotels. Paris can be pricey when it comes to accommodations, therefore I was searching for some less expensive options. I came across a little eco-friendly budget hotel in the heart of Paris in Montparnasse called the Solar Hotel. All I know was that they practice sustainable operations and the price was pretty good. Little I knew that a location of the hotel was actually priceless. They have two buildings and we stayed in the one that is on the Rue Daguerre, a little walking street full of quality high-end food stalls and shops. I was mesmerized by the fish market shop, which has a restaurant next door they use daytime and at night. I had to have a huge fresh seafood dinner there, which was the best seafood I have ever eaten in my life! There are also cheese shops full of thousands of types of cheese, butcher shops with beautiful meat products, foie gras shops, wine shops, boulangeries, etc. They were all boutique shops with exceptional quality of products.

 

Also, the metro station (Denfert-Rochereau) next to the Les Catacombes de Paris was only at the end of the walking street. Paris has a very good transportation system so it is very easy to get to anywhere by metro or train. They have different types of transportation vehicles underground. They have the metro with 14 lines and the RER – which is a train – with 5 lines. Normally you cannot change metro to a RER with a plain ticket, but there are some stations you can. You can either buy one-way ticket or a bunch of 10 tickets from the ticket machine. It costs about 15 EURO. You can use one ticket on multiple metro lines if you don’t go outside of the stations. We could get to the Eiffel Tower in 20 minutes by one metro line.

 

The other easy and practical transportation is Uber since taxis or cabs rip you off. Anything with meter in it will not charge you the correct amount. Not only in Paris but in the whole Europe. I used Uber in Athens, Porto and Paris. Paris and Porto also have Green Uber with the same price as the Uber X but with full electric cars. So, choose wisely as there is no reason not to choose the sustainable option.

 

The hotel’s room was very simple but clean, but that’s what you pay for. They offer free organic breakfasts every morning, which includes fresh breads and croissants with butter, jam, honey, or cereal, yoghurt and tea or coffee. They do the shopping in paper bags and in their own cart. I saw bags full of organic produce. In their garden they have giant water collectors, bicycles to use for guests and they grow their own herbs too.

 

Solar Hotel was definitely the best choice to enjoy a little Paris for our short visit.

 

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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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How We Travel Matters

It is time to realize that it matters how we travel. Choose sustainable travel options, eco-friendly hotels, resorts and other accommodations, fuel-efficient airlines, environmentally friendly transportation, organic farm tours, organic wine tours, farm-to-table organic restaurants whenever you can.  BE AWARE. BE THE CHANGE. TRAVEL ECO

It does not mean that you have to cancel your trip you booked had year ago, but next time you should make a conscious decision which hotel, restaurant, tour or transportation you use. There are many eco-friendly options all over the world and 2017 is officially the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This is the best time to act and start thinking differently while broaden the horizon about what you can do to help raise awareness, preserve cultural values and heritage, save the environment and protect natural resources.

Environmentally friendly hotels use green initiatives such as water and energy saving solutions, waste management and recycling, reducing emissions, having green transportation, use local, sustainable farm-to-table and organic produce, has eco-friendly purchase policies and support the local communities by employing local workers. Organic restaurants also support local farmers while following green best practices in their establishments. Some airlines bought new fleet of aircrafts that are fuel efficient and has less carbon emissions while many transportation company has started using full electric vehicles. Organic agriculture has become a tourist  attraction lately not only offering their own natural produces and products but educating visitors about the chemical free farming and how to avoid GMOs, growth hormones, herbicides, pesticides and antibiotics keeping the soil fertile and sustainable.

So, put your ego aside and enjoy your guilt free trip while contributing to helping the Earth live longer.

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Organic wine tour in the Hungarian countryside

Any wine lover knows the main international wine countries such as France, Italy, California, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa. And I’m talking about only the most known wine growing countries not the ones containing the small, unique and boutique vineyards like Hungary. This beautiful country has 22 wine regions including Tokaj, the wine region, which is considered the first appellation in the world producing all types of wines. Continue reading “Organic wine tour in the Hungarian countryside”

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”