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From Banpotoc (farm) with love

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In Banpotoc, John and Andrea introduced us to their neighbours Auntie Tuta and Uncle Costi. Costi brought out his precious bottles of tsuika and afinata. Tsuika is a brandy that’s most often made with fermented plums. Afinata is a berry liquor (in this case, blueberry). Tuta brought out non-alcoholic beverages and popcorn. So there we found ourselves, sitting at a table in their courtyard, trying to understand Romanian under the amused gaze of a mother duck and her 12 ducklings. Costi comes out her precious bottles of tuica and afinata. The tuica is a water of life the majority of time at base of fermented plum and the afinata is a liqueur of berries (in this specific case of the Blueberry). Tuta bring soft drinks and popcorn. We are seated in their backyard to try to understand the Romanian under the eye entertained a cane and her 12 ducklings. This is the only Latin language in the midst of all these Slavic countries, which helped us understand a few words and sometimes even the overall …

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Bees & milk

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Pierrick has been milking cows since the age of 10. There are two people on his farm: him and his wife Aurélie. Aurélie was a professional beekeeper, but since 2013 she has been a “collaborating spouse” and helps Pierrick to take care of 50 dairy cows. This involves milking twice a day, for 5 to 10 minutes per cow. “No calves means no milk,” explains Pierrick. The cows need to calve in order to produce milk, so there are also calves on the farm and they look at us with bemusement. Depending on their sex, they will either be sold or will replace their mothers. The cows here are Breton, Jersey, Holstein and sometimes even “Kiwi” (a cross introduced by New Zealanders). The milk is collected in 3000 L tanks and will be sold to the processor/distributor “Biolait”. Today is a special day as Pierrick and Aurélie’s milk has become bio (organic)! It took two years to earn this precious label. Goodbye pesticides and fertilisers and hello quality milk! At Poulfang farm, the pursuit of …

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