A Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese-maker transports approximately 230 kilos (500 pounds) of the prized cheese at the Hombre Farm outside of Modena, Italy. An organic wheel of this magnificent cheese sells for approximately 700 Euros ($975 USD), and is typically aged for 24 months. Hombre is able to produce about twelve of these wheels a day.
We were fortunate to have toured parts of the Hombre Farm yesterday, savoring several pieces of authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano, and mingling with the pampered Friesian cows that produce the milk that goes into making it.
I’ll be sharing many more gastronomical tales and Shawn’s videos from Emilia-Romagna in the near future. We’re thrilled to be exploring this lesser-known, but culturally-rich region of Italy, thanks to the Emilia-Romagna Tourist Board which is hosting us in Modena. Here in Modena, locals smile and laugh easily – even ask you to take their picture. We’ve found that an authentic surprise awaits at nearly every turn onto a new street.
The tourist board has become well-known in the blogging community for its BlogVille campaign. If you’re a blogger and would like to also experience la dolce vita along with them, be sure to read more about BlogVille on their site.
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Disclosure & Thanks:
Our Modena visit was supported by the Emilia-Romagna Tourist Board, to which we extend thanks.
An extra special thank you to Nick and Francesca for coordinating all the details and making us feel so welcome in Emilia-Romagna.
Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.