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Monthly Archives: June, 2012

Walking the Camino de Santiago

Next time you feel like walking twenty-two kilometers, I have just the trail for you. It runs from Donostia to nearby surf-spot Zarautz, and the views are out of this … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wrapping up at Aroa

Time flies when you’re harvesting peas, right? This maxim- and the classic …when you’re having fun- applies to our most recent and final apprenticeship at Aroa farm. Elisha ¬†and I … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

How to Grow Lots of Lettuce

One of the morning chores at Aroa is to harvest lettuce. Depending on the orders from restaurants and gourmet markets, we will harvest boxes and boxes of lettuces, escarole, baby … Continue reading

June 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

On the Farm at Aroa

I have never sneezed so much in my life. While I’ve always been a bubble kid in terms of allergies, these past three weeks have been a doozy. My fellow … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Tending Sheep, Making Cheese: One week at Martin Txiki

“It takes ten thousand hours of practice to master a skill,” Elisha reminded me. We were watching Tere, a veteran local cheese maker, cut the curds of sheepsmilk to make … Continue reading

June 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

How to Make Idiazabal Cheese By Hand

This photo collection shows the entire process- traditional, arduous, and artisan- to make Idiazabal cheese. Below: First the sheep are brought in from pasture and held in the corral. The … Continue reading

June 4, 2012 · 2 Comments