Ossau-Iraty PDO cheese
Ferme Aozteia

Ossau-Iraty PDO cheese

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The project

Adopt a sheep of our flock "Ferme Aozteia" in Bunus (France) and receive your harvest in the form of Ossau-Iraty PDO cheese at home. Sébastien 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 sheep 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.

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What do you adopt?

You adopt a sheep from our farm in Bunus (France). 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. Your adoption is 4 years old and its productive life is 7 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. Your adoption produces an average of 200l of milk each season. With this amount we can produce around 45kg of Ossau-Iraty PDO cheese. 18 CrowdFarmers will share the adoption, and each one will receive a box containing 2.5kg of Ossau-Iraty PDO cheese.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a box with: 1x __Ossau-Iraty PDO Fermier cheese__ (approx. 0,5kg) 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. This piece is only a part of a whole cheese cut by hand and vacuum-packed by the Farmer. 1x __Ossau-Iraty PDO Laitier cheese__ (approx. 2kg) 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. This 2 kg piece will also be cut manually by the Farmer and is vacuum-packed. 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. We recommend keeping it in the bottom of the fridge, wrapped separately in waxed paper or in a humid cloth so that it can breathe. 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?

You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.

Why should you adopt?
Know who, how and where your food is produced. Source your food in a conscious, direct and consistent manner.
Buying without intermediaries allows the producer to obtain better prices. This helps generate better jobs and social standards in rural areas.
When you adopt something, you allow the producer to ensure the sale at a fixed price and to produce on demand. This also avoids wasting food that is grown without being sold.
It supports producers who strive for environmentally friendly packaging and cultivation practices.
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