The Azores account for only 2.5% of Portuguese territory, but provide about 30% of Portugal's total milk production! We have lots of truly happy cows here that graze on pastures and soak up the sunshine. If you're interested in getting a first hand look into the main industry on the island and experiencing how most people make a living here, then come milk a cow, taste some cheese and raw milk and learn why our milk production model results in happy cows and high quality products.
The tour we offer is quite casual, not a commercialized or business oriented tour, as the idea behind it is to:
1. Expose tourists to the day to day life of an Azorean dairy farmer (which the vast majority of men are dairy farmers on this island).
2. Allow tourists to have a unique experience on our farm - milking cows if they so wish, petting calves, feeding animals, etc.
3. Offer a taste of our milk and fresh cheese.
4. Show people that there is a sustainable and humane manner of raising dairy cattle.
Hope you can visit us soon!
• Meet in the village of Achadinha (area of Nordeste) and then we'll take you to meet our cows from there.
• A taste of raw milk, cheese and bread
• Milk a cow, or a few cows
• Pet our baby calves
• Bookings made less than 4 days in advance may or may not include the cheese tasting (we need time to make the cheese and let it cure, so if it's a last minute booking it may not allow us enough time to offer the cheese).
• Fun Fact: Most people that can not digest pasteurized milk, don't show any symptoms when drinking raw milk since the enzyme (lactase) that breaks down lactose is still present.
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