Among the 27 restaurants participating in this year’s ‘Menu a km zero’ competition are seven from Lunigiana. The competition is held by the Parco Appennino Tosco-Emiliano in collaboration with the provincial farmers’ organisation.
Slow food, organic farms and sustainability in Lunigiana, Italy
A new generation of olive oil producer in Lunigiana is helping to boost the region’s harvest. Near Pontremoli, Azienda Agricola Ferrari Francesca is run by a young couple who are producing top quality olive oil that has already been listed in Marco Oreggia’s guide to the world’s best virgin olive oil.
Sadly, organic farms are not exempt from hard times. Throw in a bit of bureaucracy and the added costs of organic farming and you’re courting trouble. This appears to be the case for the smaller farms in Lunigiana.
The honey from Lunigiana is the only honey in Italy to have its reputation legally protected by the European Community. Unaffected by pollution and produced using methods dating back centuries, the honey is particularly pure with a unique flavour.