Adopt a cow of our flock "Caseificio Sociale Castellazzo" in Campagnola Emilia (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of 30-months-matured Parmigiano Reggiano at home. Roberto will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one cow is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.
You adopt a cow from our farm in Campagnola Emilia (Italy). You can adopt a Friesian cow from Roberto Rondini's farm, one of the twelve farms that belong to the cooperative where the cheese is made. It gives milk for the production of Parmigiano Reggiano and, above all, is raised according to deep-rooted traditions. The entire process must comply with the Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano regulations, from feeding the cows over delivering the milk to the dairy to producing and maturing the cheese. The Friesian cow is one of the most common dairy breeds in the world and has a very high production. Each cow produces an average of 8,000 litres of milk, with which we make about 500 kilos of Parmigiano Reggiano. The Friesian breed is native to Friesland in Holland, while the Italian Friesian is a cross between the Dutch and North American breeds. The main characteristic of this breed, in addition to its high milk production, is the colour of its fur. We only have black and white cows but, in some cases, they can also be red and white. For the production of Parmigiano Reggiano, the milk must be delivered to the dairy twice a day and processed fresh, without pasteurisation or the addition of preservatives. Fifteen litres of milk are needed to produce one kilo of matured Parmesan. Our cows are raised in an area of 2,100 square metres. We let the cows out in summer, in a limited outdoor area, but only at night because it's too hot during the day. In winter (from November to April), it's not safe to let the cows go outside because of the clay soil, which after rainfall could be dangerous for them. They are fed with hay and certified feed, respecting the Parmigiano Reggiano disciplinary guidelines. The hay is stored in sheds, while the feed is stored in special silos. When the cows give birth, the calves are either kept on our farm to replace the cows at the end of their career or are sold to other farmers. Male calves are sold to farms specialised in meat production when they have reached an age of 30 days. Your adoption is 6 years old and its productive life is 12 years. For as long as you want to keep your adoption, and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew year after year. If your adoption stops being able to produce for any reason, we will replace it with an other, and we guarantee your delivery from the produce of others for that season. 200 CrowdFarmers will share the adoption, and each one will receive a box containing 2.25kg of 30-months-matured Parmigiano Reggiano.
Each season we will send you a box with: 3 x __30-months-matured Parmigiano Reggiano__ (0.75kg each, vacuum-packed) 30-month-matured Parmigiano Reggiano is characterised by a strong flavour and an intense straw yellow colour. It's grainy, crumbly and drier than the less matured cheeses. It can be combined with other foods with a more intense flavour, such as balsamic vinegar or Iberico ham. The product comes in vacuum-packed slices and should be kept in a cool place at between two and eight degrees Celsius. It has a shelf life of 180 days. The 30-month-aged cheese can be stored for up to twenty days. If there are some small spots of mould on your cheese, you can scrape them off with a knife and eat the cheese without any worries. To produce our cheese, we use only three ingredients: milk from our cows, animal rennet and salt. To protect your products during transport, we will use cornstarch eco-chips. They have the same appearance and effectiveness as plastic ones but are perfectly biodegradable and can be recycled as organic waste.
When will you receive it?
The product will be delivered in May, before the start of summer to avoid the hot summer temperatures.