GOATS - no milk yet though
Trip Start Jul 22, 2010
24Trip End Nov 02, 2010
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Pulicaro - Agritourismo
This farm has been rather easygoing - we work 5-7 hours each week day. We are sleeping at a small apartment about 3 miles away, so each morning someone picks us up for 7:30, eat breakfast, we feed the animals - rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, dogs and cats, then do whatever needs to be done - eat lunch at around 1, then we have off til about 6 and then feed all the animals again and work on whatever else til dinner at around 8:30, then eat dinner around 9. Things move slowly here so by the time dinner is done and dishes are put up and we return to the apartment it is about 11 or so
Let's talk about food for a minute. Most of us in America assume the food in Italy will be just outstanding no matter what we eat and where we go. Thus far on this trip i have found the food to be rather average. Well, except for that 1 restaurant in in Orveito that i still have not told you about. Anyway - here is a peek at a typical diet here in the countryside:
Breakfast: Dry toast with jam or pastries or sweet breads (they call cake) or tarts plain yogurt and juice, coffee and/or tea. Oh, and Cornflakes - everyday, cornflakes.
Lunch: Pasta (everyday) with a little bit of some kind of sauce which always has an olive oil base, usually garlic and then perhaps a little bit of eggplant or chili pepper or rosemary. Of course, i grate fresh framaggio (cheese) over the pasta too. After that, a ton of bland crusty italian (white) bread with olive oil and (the best) balsamic vinegar and perhaps 3-4 fresh tomatoes with more olive oil and balsamic
Dinner: Protein - either some type of meat or eggs, more bread and tomatoes. We ate at local festivals 2 nights - one served pork ribs and the other served Chingiali (wild boar). We also ordered in some very good pizza. Many of our meals were shared with friends who stayed at Pulicaro (the B&B), so we got to meet even more Italians and hear even more great stories. Thank you Francesca and your husband who's name, i am still embarrassed to admit, i cannot pronounce. Thank you also to Anrea and Silvia for your company and warmth.
There is not much variety in this diet, but there are a lot of starches and carbs. I felt like i wanted more fruits and veggies. They explained that this is a typical diet for the country folks who work on farms. Foods will vary depending on location within Italy too - so, it will be interesting to see what we eat at the farm in Southern Italy! I think more fish and veggies, but we will see by the sea.
Chiara (pronounced key-ara) and Marco are so sweet. They talk about politics and the local issues they have to fight for and what they are concerned about with mass production versus smaller organic farms, they talk about the challenges and blessings of owning this amazing agritourismo, along with many other interesting topics
The other WWOOFers and i are teaching this family English - parses like, "busting my balls" and "sassy" and "Rico Suave" (even though that is latin) were some of the favorites.
GOATS - i got to name one of the baby goats!!! You will never guess what name came to me!!! MARIPOSA (butterfly) - because of my personal experiences with it during this journey and also because the cutest little female baby has a patch of white hair on her forehead that is in the shape of a butterfly. Perfecto! So even though these are not milking goats - it is my first sighting....let's keep our eyes peeled and maybe the next farm will have some milking goats
Things we learn along the way...Did you know...
- fruit trees/vegetables should be picked only when the trees are dry? If we picked fruit after a rain, it is nt good for the tree - if i understood correctly it is because fungus will grow on the tree where the fruit is picked.
- rabbits really do have majorly fast sex - when the male is finished after about 2-4 seconds (literally) he orgasms and basically falls over and off the female. (SEE VIDEO) Unlike human males, the male rabbit apparently does not require a nap and a sandwich before hitting it again.
- zucchinis have flowers? It's true and they are edible. The female flower is found at the opposite end of the zucchini from where it attaches to the stem. There is also a male flower that resides at the end of just a stem; these can be cut because there will be no zucchini growing from there. Tuscan's use this flower in their pasta and i also saw it use as part of a topping on pizza. Delicious.