Archive for dicembre 2014

Bonfires for Angels

dicembre 6, 2014

On the eve of december 10 it’s tradition, along Le Marche coastline, to light bonfires. This is related to the Holy House of Loreto history: tradition tells us that on december 10, 1294, the Holy House of Nazareth, already moved in Dalmazia, was taken by Angels across the Adriatic sea and came to rest in a wooded area nearby Recanati. The bonfires, called focarò, or focaricci, depending on the local slang, started to be light since the seventeenth century at least, to commemorate the angelic flight of the Holy House and help it on its way. The ritual had several steps: first of all, people had to gather woods, then they went at the meeting point bringing chairs to sit and pray by the fire. At The end, children and lovers, hend by hand, played jumping across The fire nearly off. Nowday The tradition is almost lost, but Someone is trying to save it, so it can happen that the owners of winery in Montelparo, organized an event based on The promotion of The wines they Made, local food, The lightining of The fire, folk music and traditional dance. the vinery is called Azienda Agricola Gabriele Vitali, and the event was organized with the help of a local organization called Circolo Culinario Cuochi Pasticcioni, involved in the promotion of local business, traditons and food.

Nearly there!

Nearly there!

I got at the farm at 5 p.m. and in a while all the partecipants were there too. The event begun with a visit at the wine cellar, where the oenoloist explained the process used to make wine. It was interesting to know they are the only farm in the area to make spumante, an italian sparckling wine.

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After this short tour of the farm we moved in the room where tastings usually are organized. You can book a tasting of the six kind of wine made there, each of them matched with some food. On this event we had the chance to taste all the wines, and to taste home made salami, prosciutto, local cheese and home made bread.

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One of the best moments were when the oenologist, with the saber got as a present by his friends for the degree, showed the way to open the spumante, when Gabriele read a poem by a local poet who wrote in the local slang, the lighting of the bonfires.

Gabriele reading 'A zappa? by Danilo Cappella

Gabriele reading ‘A zappa? by Danilo Cappella

All along the evening, every now and then, the elderly soul of the event cheered people on with his squeeze box, and a local singer sang some kind of folk song.

Grandpa Mario with Maria Teresa Vettore

Grandpa Mario with Maria Teresa Vettore

the pleasure of the evening was increased by the present of some friends that are often present in such events and give me the feling of being part of a large, beautiful, family.

Sleeping in the garden

dicembre 2, 2014

This morning I’ve got an e-mail about an interesting and positive event: The publication, next february, of a book about rural tourism, which aims to be a new way to travel discovering the italian countryside avoiding the five stars full optional resorts. The book, called ‘Dormire nell’orto’ (sleeping in The gardeng) makes a list of around a hundred places such smallholding, mostly organic and biodinamic, run on family basis, where travellers can spend The night, have a meal and an insight of The farm life. Travellers will have Time for knowing their hosts, they will be introducted to local traditions and to other farms in The area discovering a network of Human relations based on care for people, food, traditions and environment. Key players are the families and the individuals that live and work in the countryside and want to make a connection with travellers through overnight staying, food, and exchange of knowledge.

Guests at La Sentella

Guests at La Scentella

I already know a couple of places that should be included in This book. The first, which i visited some years ago, is called Cimbolello. It’s located in Città della Pieve, Umbria. They have two small flats in their property, Made respected green building materials and principles. The family living there is very friendly and welcoming, they show me The farm, what they do, gave advices about what to do in The surrounding area. I’ve already talked about them in an previous post. The second venue is called Scentella, in Le Marche, and I will dedicate a post to it later.
There’s also a third place I’d like to mention, that i still have to visit. It’s named Locanda di colle ombroso. It’s a small restaurant in Porano, Umbria, where the owner, who has a farm too, sells his own goods (pasta, jams, flour) and uses them and other ingredients from local farms in their recipes. I’ll order this book soon, hopefully to be part of this network of hosts in the future.

The Orchard

dicembre 2, 2014

The family orchard has to be renewed. Most of The fruit trees we’ve had so far have dried out and year after year we’re replacing the old trees with new ones. This year for example I’ve just transplanted three different cherrie trees, an apricot and a plum tree, two almond trees, a pomegranate, and a japanese fruit tree which is a mix between Apple and peer. I’ve dig a one cube metre pit each tree, then I mixed The soil with mature manure, and transplanted The trees, that are three years old.

Siesta by the pit

Siesta by the pit

The cherry trees

The cherry trees

Good luck!

Good luck!

The plum tree. it will take a while till the first jam!!

The plum tree. it will take a while till the first jam!!

Finally i fixed The tree in a vertical position with tutorials. I m a bit worry for The almond that has already flowers and leaves, because of The warm autumn. At this time of The year it should be inactive. It’ possible to transplant these trees everytime in The year, thanks to The pot. Someone says it’s better to do it in autumn instead of spring cause The tree has time to adapt to The soil. Last year i transplanted other plants, but they were one year old and with nude roots. It takes one year more to Give fruits, but they might grow easier after transplanting.