Farm to Table in Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is famous around the world for its Parmigiano Reggiano, mouthwatering cured meats, and sparkling Lambrusco wines. Within the region is the lively city of Parma, which is decorated with the beautiful art and architecture of Correggio and Antelami as well as wonderful opera and theatre performances. Travel just 20 km from Parma and you will come to a 5 hectare family run organic farm that embodies the locals’s culinary passion as well as a testament to agriculture preservation.

Your hosts, Valentina and Alessandro, started their organic farm Podere Cristina in 2012 to escape the day-to-day demands of the modern world and to raise their young son in a healthier, nature-filled environment. Today, they grow a variety of vegetables and fruit, including strawberries, blackberries, pears, and plums, which they sell as well as make into jams. The farm is also home to Romagnola hens, an ancient breed of the region, which produce delicate eggs ideal for custards and creams. This family-run farm is the perfect oasis for health conscious travelers looking to embrace organic farm-to-table practices and enjoy a relaxing getaway with breathtaking views from the farm’s veranda.

The farm is located in the Barboj Natural Park, home to several organic farms specializing in growing traditional foods of the region. During your free time, take advantage of the hiking and horseback riding trails to explore the beauty and untouched quality of the park. If you are interested in horseback riding, Valentina has a small stable on their property with Bardigiano horses, a native breed to the area, perfect for beginner lessons or to take in the beautiful landscape (additional cost for horseback rides). Within the park, there is also a unique area with small mud volcanoes that are caused by methane gas surfacing. According to folktales of the region, through the gas bubbles, the earth whispers stories and legends to those who visit. Historically, locals used to believe the mud could be used to cure rheumatism and arthritis. Today, the small mud volcanoes are another site to see in the beautiful Barboj Natural Park.

Farm to Table in Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is famous around the world for its Parmigiano Reggiano, mouthwatering cured meats, and sparkling Lambrusco wines. Within the region is the lively city of Parma, which is decorated with the beautiful art and architecture of Correggio and Antelami as well as wonderful opera and theatre performances. Travel just 20 km from Parma and you will come to a 5 hectare family run organic farm that embodies the locals’s culinary passion as well as a testament to agriculture preservation.

Your hosts, Valentina and Alessandro, started their organic farm Podere Cristina in 2012 to escape the day-to-day demands of the modern world and to raise their young son in a healthier, nature-filled environment. Today, they grow a variety of vegetables and fruit, including strawberries, blackberries, pears, and plums, which they sell as well as make into jams. The farm is also home to Romagnola hens, an ancient breed of the region, which produce delicate eggs ideal for custards and creams. This family-run farm is the perfect oasis for health conscious travelers looking to embrace organic farm-to-table practices and enjoy a relaxing getaway with breathtaking views from the farm’s veranda.

The farm is located in the Barboj Natural Park, home to several organic farms specializing in growing traditional foods of the region. During your free time, take advantage of the hiking and horseback riding trails to explore the beauty and untouched quality of the park. If you are interested in horseback riding, Valentina has a small stable on their property with Bardigiano horses, a native breed to the area, perfect for beginner lessons or to take in the beautiful landscape (additional cost for horseback rides). Within the park, there is also a unique area with small mud volcanoes that are caused by methane gas surfacing. According to folktales of the region, through the gas bubbles, the earth whispers stories and legends to those who visit. Historically, locals used to believe the mud could be used to cure rheumatism and arthritis. Today, the small mud volcanoes are another site to see in the beautiful Barboj Natural Park.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Darcy & Lana
Hawaii
Trip taken August 2017
The hosts were extremely gracious and very lovely people! The first cooking class was fabulous! We made tortelli with instructions by the chef Evano. We ate the fresh pasta for dinner(along with a zillion other foods/beverages) which was fabulous! The second class ( not by Evano) was supposed to be compote/jam but the there was a drought and no berries-understandable. We were told we would be making fuccacia instead. Sounded great but we were only instructed on basic sour dough bread/bread-sticks -not exactly an exciting Italian cooking experience. We were also served the bread the following morning:/ though the family was so lovely and went out of there way in so many other ways it made up for the disappointing day 2 cooking class. I highly recommend this destination to other travelers! Besides the wonderful hospitality all the meals; obviously made with love and pride, were superb! Best food I have ever eaten with unbound options and good company every meal! Also the excursions were very well put together and fun! The hosts were also flexible and caring about your needs:)) an awesome, unforgettable experience!

Trip Details

Chef Ivano leads your 2 hands-on cooking classes in the well-equipped kitchen featuring ingredients grown on the property. Classes focus around making traditional Emilian recipes or pasta using eggs straight from the henhouse. The chef is very passionate about teaching guests about traditional dishes of the region and how the ingredients can easily be locally grown to best capture the unique flavors of the area. On the weekends, their small restaurant opens up to the locals, who share in the enthusiasm and pride of their gastronomic accomplishments.
Your 2 classes will feature:

  • Traditional Parma/Emilian recipes
  • Homemade pastas


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