Ossau-Iraty PDO cheese
Ferme Aozteia
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The project

Adopt {publicVariety} of our flock "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} 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 {variety} 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.

The project

Adopt {publicVariety} of our flock "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} 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 {variety} 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.

What do you adopt?
Black-headed Manech sheep: this breed originates from the mountains of the Basque Country and is included in the list of ewes in the specifications for Ossau-Iraty PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) cheese. In addition, Ossau-Iraty cheese is the only PDO cheese from the Pyrenees. Each {variety} produces an average of 150 liters of milk each season. With this amount we can produce around 25 kg of {production}. Each {variety} is adopted by 10 CrowdFarmers who receive a box with {masterUnitsMax} kg of {production}.
What will you receive?
The box we will send you contains: * Ossau-Iraty PDO Fermier cheese (approx. 1 kg) of the black-headed Manech breed matured for 8 months produced by Ferme Aozteia of Sébastien Astabie. It is easily recognizable because it is marked in the middle with a sheep's head seen from the front with its horns. * Ossau-Iraty PDO Laitier cheese (approx. 1.5 kg) of the black-headed Manech breed matured for 6 months under the Aldarri brand from the Aldudes Dairy with the milk of Sébastien Astabie's sheep. It is marked in middle with a sheep's head seen from the side. In 2019, this cheese was awarded the bronze medal in its category at the General Agricultural Competition. The Ossau-Iraty raw milk cheese is made from the milk of local breeds in the Basque Country (Manech, in particular). Slowly matured and carefully processed, this cheese with its natural rind reveals its aromas typical of the Basque soil with subtle notes of hazelnut and scents of dry grass or straw. Not to forget, of course, a small persistent animal note that reminds us that we eat sheep's cheese well. It is consumed at room temperature to release all its aromas. Locally, it is often served with black cherry jam, but it can also be served in small cubes as an aperitif, as a part of a cheese platter, in a salad, grated on a gratin. It is recommended to consume it within three months of its date of receipt. After this period, the quality and flavour of the cheese are no longer guaranteed.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
How does it work?
Meet the Farmers
Adopt and plan your harvest
Let the Farmer and nature work
Receive your harvest at home
Sébastien Astabie
My partner Christelle and I Sébastien are shepherds on the family farm, the Aozteia farm, which has been passed down from generation to generation for several centuries. We wanted to transform the fruit of our work into quality cheese, the choice of the Ossau-Iraty PDO was an obvious one for us. I took over my parents' family farm in 2007 and in August 2016 Christelle and I took over the entire business to ensure that this passion for work and quality products with the Ossau-Iraty PDO label continues. We both take care of all the daily tasks on the farm in equal parts and we are accompanied everywhere by our two sons, who are discovering our profession and our way of life little by little. Passionate about our work on the farm, we enjoy transforming a small part of our milk into Ossau-Iraty PDO cheese ourselves. You will be able to discover the latter if you choose to adopt one of our sheep. This is called Ossau-Iraty PDO Fermier, made with raw milk. As for the rest of the milk, just like about fifty other local farmers, we deliver it to the Coopérative Laitière du Pays Basque, the Aldudes Dairy.
Sébastien Astabie

"We are above all shepherds, and that is what drives our passion. Over the seasons, we adapt to the needs of our animals. In the Basque Country, many small farmers work in an environmentally and animal-friendly way. Our OSSAU-IRATY PDO cheese is the result of our ancestral know-how, which has been taught to us. I think it is thanks to our involvement, our patience and above all our love for our Manech sheep that we have managed to win several prizes at the General Agricultural Competition. But our greatest satisfaction as breeders is to be able to live off our passion on a daily basis. We would be very proud to share with you a piece of our cheese and our identity, which is why we have integrated this beautiful project. Thank you Crowdfarming!"

Ferme Aozteia
Ferme Aozteia
__Aozteia Farm__ Located in the village of Bunus, at the foot of the Basque mountains, we raise 300 black-headed Manech sheep. The farm is located on the border of two of the seven provinces of the Basque Country (Soule and Basse-Navarre). 20 kilometres away is the Aldudes Dairy where part of our milk is processed. Our 300 Manech sheep, purely local and very rustic, appreciate the mountainous relief and the changing climate of the Basque Country (alternating rain and sun). All this offers a fresh and green grass growth, which they will have the pleasure of grazing every day from October to May, on our 23 hectares of pasture. In November and December, our sheep will lamb and we can then start milking periods until June. In spring, the mountain gradually turns green and, finally, the time for transhumance has come, our sheep are joining the great expanses of our summer pastures! __Fromagerie des Aldudes__ Established in 1970 in the heart of the historic village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, all its breeders (from black-headed or red-headed Manech sheep) uphold values transmitted from generation to generation: authenticity, the choice of traditional breeding methods, respect for animals and products, the transparency of manufacturing processes and the desire to share the love of their country. Indeed, together, they are fighting for the preservation of a sustainable and just peasant agriculture. The Cooperative's milk, collected exclusively from its farmers (including Sébastien Astabie), was originally sold to cheesemakers or dairies in the region. But since 2014, with the creation of a cheese-dairy in the Aldudes Valley, it has been making its own cheeses. It now controls all stages of production, from milk collection to cheese sales. The Aldudes Dairy, or Basque Country Dairy Cooperative, offers an Ossau-Iraty, under a specific brand: Aldarri. Sharing the love for their cattle, Sébastien and the other producers take care of their sheep on a daily basis. They have also chosen to follow the specifications of the Ossau-Iraty PDO, and therefore closely monitor the diet of their Manech sheep in order to keep them in good health (pastures, local fodder, GMO-free cereals, etc.). Traditional production and a very specific maturing process are at the heart of the cheese's rich and firm texture. In accordance with the founding values of the cooperators, all cheeses are entitled to specific care every week (rubbing, turning, etc.). It is thanks to this that they develop a beautiful natural rind, and reveal the typical aromas of the Basque terroir. Their involvement and spirit of solidarity over many years has paid off as they have been awarded several times a medal at the Concours Général Agricole under the Aldarri brand.
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Ferme Aozteia, Bunus, Pays-Basque, FR
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