Wednesday, June 29

Podcast from Italy: Cow Herding, Rally Car Racing, Marche Wine & Jazz Fest

So much going on! We participated in the annual transumanza - cow herding through Piobbico up to Mt. Nerone with family & friends. It's that time of year to start making homemade digestivi (after dinner liqueurs) like visciolino (wild cherry liqueur) & nocino (walnut & vanilla liqueur). Garden updates, weather system installed & funny stories around town. Don't miss the Marche Wine & Jazz Festival from 3-31 July.

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Thanks for listening, Ashley & Jason

Monday, June 27

Homemade Wild Cherry Liqueur - Visciolino

 A thriving local tradition in Le Marche is making homemade liqueur using pure alcohol or grappa infused with fruits & herbs such as visner & visciolino (cherry), nocino (walnut vanilla), brugnolino (wild plum) & many more!

Visciole is a bitter wild cherry found in abundance in the Candigliano Valley of Northern Le Marche and its leaves make the most delicious & delicate after dinner cherry digestivo Visciolino when mixed with red wine, sugar & pure alcohol. The recipe below is simple & passed to me by our dear neighbor Mama Mochi, traditionally made at the end of May/early June.

This year I made over 5 liters of visciolino (wild cherry liqueur) as well as another five types of digestivi (after dinner drinks)!

Wild Cherry Liqueur

1 liter of red wine
100 leaves of visciole (wild cherry tree)
10 leaves of a peach tree

Let soak for 10 days & filter.

Add 600 grams of sugar
1/2 liter of grappa or pure alcohol

Mix well, incorporating the sugar.

Bottle & enjoy! You can let it continue to season or age as well - keep in cool dark storage.

Monday, June 13

Yacht Trip & Fish Feast in Le Marche

Sailing along the Adriatic in a wooden yacht, just off the coast of Fano in Le Marche, with the smell of grilled fish in the air and a glass of crisp white Verdicchio is one of the best ways to enjoy Le Marche!

Our friend Danielle, a fabulous fish Chef has recently started offering day trips out to sea, with a swim in the Adriatic and a fresh fish lunch or dinner with wine, starting at 35 Euro/person. Achors up at 10am & back in time for a nap on the beach, evening trips start at 6pm & return after midnight. For a memorable day in Le Marche this is one of the best experiences you can have!

Our lunch included sole, coda di rospa (monk fish), scampi, sardoncini, sepia, sea snails, fried anchovies, pasta and the list goes on! It was the perfect afternoon relaxing in the sun, on the sea dinning on a delicious fish feast with friends!

An unforgettable day trip in Le Marche!
For guests staying at La Tavola Marche we are happy to arrange the yacht trip for you! Contact Ashley for more details:

The Details:
departs from the Port of Fano, Le Marche Italy
Roberto: +39 333.6182325

Wednesday, June 8

Watch How to Make Wood Fired Pizza from Scratch in Italy

Deep in the countryside of Central Italy, locals & foreigners mix & mingle long into the night, devouring the best wood-fired pizza in the area, sharing stories & laughter over liters of wine as the faint sound of the accordion plays on in the background!  Thursday's Pizza Night is always a memorable evening at La Tavola Marche (Organic Farm, Inn & Cooking School)  and filmmaker Patrick Richardson Wright captured it perfectly!

Join us every Thursday at our Agriturismo/Farmhouse as we fire up the outdoor wood burning oven, dine al'fresco family-style in the garden & enjoy handmade pizzas, salad from our garden, dessert & a quarter litre of wine for 15 Euro per person. 
Are you a pizzaiolo at heart? Try our famous hands-on pizza class (featured in Food & Wine) and learn the secrets of making pizza from scratch, rolling & tossing your dough and collecting fresh ingredients for the toppings & sauce straight from our organic garden! Then master the art of firing your pizza in the outdoor wood burning oven!
PIZZA COOKING CLASS -  includes 3+ hours of hands-on cooking including pizza, sauce, toppings & tiramisu, garden tour, hand-printed apron gift, meal & local wine = 125 Euro/person
(Continues into September weather permitting)
Reservations a must as space is limited!
call/text: +39 331.525.2753
Enjoy the video & we hope you can make it out for one of our pizza parties!

Sunday, June 5

Green Travel in Italy: An Eco Friendly Farmhouse with Solar Heat Exchange

We are excited to announce that our agriturismo has just gone green-er by installing solar heat exchange with panels on the roof, not only heating our water but radiators as well.   This will greatly cut down on our CO2 emissions and another step in becoming self-sufficient.

At La Tavola Marche, we utilize the crops grown on the property & in our organic farm, raise free-range chickens, compost, recycle, and use natural mineral water from our sulphur spring for drinking, bathing, gardening & in the swimming pool.  We try to leave as small of an eco-footprint as possible.

During the spring, summer & into fall we will not have to use any gas to heat our water,  the solar panels will do all the work. On a sunny day the solar panels can heat to almost boiling water!
In the winter months it will aid in warming the water as it enters the pipes, saving energy by not starting with ice cold water to heat.

Plus, the new system recycles the exhaust gases, burning up to 98% of the gas, whereas before only 60% was being burned & the rest would wasted, blowing out the exhaust pipe.

Incredibly, the whole project was right on schedule & took only 4 days to install with very little interruption in water. Plus all the time it will save, now Jason doesn't have to fiddle with heating system constantly checking the levels & making sure it is working properly.

Next up: Solar panels for electricity, we've already begun saving...

Friday, June 3

Podcast from Italy: June Events, Summer Recipes, Yacht Trip & Going Green-er

After a busy May, we are back with a jam-packed podcast! Updates on our organic farm & what's in the ground, solar panels have been installed & the chickens. Plus Jason shares seasonal summer recipes from our cooking classes. We run through a few fabulous June festivals in Le Marche and share our day at sea on a wooden yacht in Fano with a not to miss artisan gelato shop - Maki.
Fano Yacht Trip & Fish Feast
Gelateria Maki
La Tavola Marche - Organic Farm, Inn & Cooking Classes in Italy

Thanks for listening! 

Jason & Ashley
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