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February 8 Speaker

posted Jan 23, 2012, 1:10 AM by Jenna Basmagy   [ updated Sep 21, 2012, 6:10 AM ]

Malò dal Verme, whose small farm, about a mile down a dirt road from Poggio alla Croce, between Greve and Figline, is perched on a hilltop wedge shaped like the bow of a ship, with spectacular views over the Arno valley and of the mountains of Pratomagno and the Appenines. This delightful place specializes in producing extravirgin olive oil and irises (although they also have very photogenic chickens!) Malò will tell us how she renovated her farm and restored the olive groves, devastated by the freeze of 1986. 
We’ll be able to taste the results, and learn the nitty-gritty about olive oil since she is also a professional olive oil sommelier. We’ll also see and hear about two of her other “products”; irises, which are used to create high-end perfumes and cosmetics, and traditional woven baskets, the art of which she learned from an ancient Tuscan basket weaver named Giotto (!). During the restoration of her farmhouse, the central part of which dates from the 11th century, Malò created two charming small apartments on the ground floor which host guests who come to completely relax or to take part in the activities of the farm (an agritourism with the emphasis on agri!) 
To read more you can visit www.poggiopratelli.it but better yet, come and experience Malò in person! 


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