So I set myself a ridiculous mission - to make a cup of tea from the 'fat of the land' - Sao Miguel has one of Europe's only tea plantations, hot spring water and I just needed one thing... milk. And thus I found Gena and (I hope this is spelt right) Juan. What an incredible experience - they are both exceptionally interested and interesting, generous and fun to spend time with. We got on the back of the truck, moved some cows up to the milking shed, went whizzing around the rest of the farm to see different cows at different stages grazing on some incredibly lush pasture. This is how you hope farming really can be - they know the cows by name, feed them the best ways possible, and they're passionate about the whole ecosystem and doing things right. Then came milking time; a remarkable experience and fully hands on! We walked away with a little bottle of milk and big grins. So very highly recommended. And I made the tea, not bad at all!
I had an absolutely wonderful time at the farm with Gena and João! This tour would be perfect for families or really anyone who wants to learn more about local Azorean life while having a great time. You truly get to be involved in all aspects of the milk production process, from helping bring the cows down from their pasture to feed, to feeding and playing with the calves, to milking the cows and delivering the milk, if you're interested in doing those things! The setting is spectacular and Gena and João are very gracious hosts. I thought it was fascinating to learn more about an industry that literally touches the entire island and is deeply embedded in the local way of life. I would do this tour a thousand times over and recommend it to anyone!
Gena and her husband were wonderful hosts! We had an incredible time in the northeast region of the island learning about their sustainable farming practices, meeting their cows, drinking fresh milk, and eating local cuisine. I would highly recommend connecting with Gena for anyone traveling to the Azores who wants to experience the local lifestyle and culture.
I found this tour on our 2nd trip to the Azores. This was the BEST experience that I had with my 2 sons on the island! Driving around the island makes you want to get close to the cows. Gena and her husband give you that opportunity on their dairy farm. From meeting the young calves to milking the cows, the 3 hours flies by. My son especially loved drinking the fresh milk! This is a must do! As the guidelines list, wear shoes that you want to throw out....bonus, more room to bring souvenirs back.