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Assisi Countryside Treasures: Our Rural Friends

Date: July 12, 2014 - categories: , , - Leave your thoughts

After we’ve explored Assisi’s treasure, the Basilica of St. Francis, come out to the countryside with me to connect with other Umbrian treasures:
our farm friends. Our rural neighbors taught us everything when we moved to the land: where to find the wild mushrooms, where the wild asparagus sprouted in the spring, which grasses were best for the rabbits, where to find the acorns to fatten the pigs, where to wash the sheep’s wool along the creek’s banks, how to make sheep’s milk cheese, how to cook on a wood stove..and more.
Abpve all, they taught us about life. About what counts in life.

In touch with the land

Peppe with young visitors – and one of his rabbits

Peppe – nearly eighty – will tell you as he told us today while taking a pause from his haying: “I don’t have much but my time is my own. And after all, what are we missing?”
Peppe’s no longer poor. He’s rich.
No one else has prosciutto as good, olive oil as pungent.

Chiarina Marino and guest Maggie

Chiarina’s cooking wins over Maggie from Massachusetts

What else matters?

Read about a memorable dinner with our rural friends
Read more on why dinner with Chiarina and Marino is so memorable
Read more about our rural friends
Read more about Peppe and Gentile
Read about Chiarina and Marino, too

Grazie, Chiarina and Marino for a feast we'll always remember

Luke and Maggie climb the hay  bales

Peppe, GEntile and guests

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