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History of the farm “La Crosticcia”

History of the farm “La Crosticcia”

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More than agricultural entrepreneur is considered a “Peasant”. “Why – he says – the word says my roots. Who I am, my values, especially my future. There can be no future if we do not take into account the history, traditions, our past”. This is the philosophy of life of Chiara Vilucchi, owner of the farm “La Crosticcia” which is located in Cozzano, the port north of Castiglion Fiorentino. And even in the choice of the name of the company has tried to remain true to the past. In fact, after a careful search in the cadastral maps “i found out – he adds – the seal of my paternal grandparents stood in the area called ‘Crosticcia’. From here, of course, the name”. The past, then, that becomes present. Why traditions are nothing more than the “rules” that are transmitted from parents to children, for millennia. A teaching, a gift of wisdom that you have to win both living in contact with nature preserve with care. Chiara is also a young woman who, during his walk of life, has launched a symbolic challenge to the world of work. “I started this adventure in 2001, before I had another job”. Yes, because despite the setbacks, even painful, it is rolled up her sleeves and began to re-write a new chapter of his biography. And the path was not easy. It took three years to renovate the old house and to set up the garden. “Before the ground floor there were the stables and barns – he says – while the first floor was the home of my grandparents”. Today the building has two apartments, equipped with every comfort, with 8 beds. And in the ranking of farms received the highest award: 3 ears. “The restructuring we tried – still – to maintain the rustic tuscan style and where possible we have also recovered the original material”. In fact, for example, the old slabs that made up the floor of stables today have been used to form the pavement around the farmhouse. “Here – and he says, pointing proudly structure – lives in my heart. Here I was born, the first of two children. My brother called Joseph as our paternal grandfather. Here I have the best memories, those of childhood. Even today I see myself when I was playing in the yard under the watchful eyes of my grandmother. I grew up here and now, here, I re-built my future”. The cottage, with its large swimming pool, located in the center of the company, surrounded by silvery green olive trees over 1000 and the lush greenery of the vineyard. “The wine we produce – points – we use within the company”. Different, however, the speech for the extra virgin olive oil “La Crosticcia” and honey, both organic products. “My family was a precursor to the biological. My father Ezio, supported by my mother, Erica, began in 1982 with the production of both oil with that of honey. Perhaps it was the first to Castiglion Fiorentino. And we are proud of this!” And today, 31 years later, the label

“La Crosticcia” has become a reality both in extra virgin olive oil I.G.P. that the nectar of the industrious insects. “We have 3 different types of honey: millefiori, acacia and chestnut invasiamo personally in our laboratory. As indeed we do with oil”. And these extraordinary products of the earth become a tasty and appreciated “taste” of welcome to all the guests “La Crosticcia”, an oasis of relaxation and nature. “The ability to reap the benefits of the garden – says Chiara – is the best gift that I could do. Especially love to eat tomatoes. A passed under the water and biting them as if they were apples”. Tourists who decide to strascorrere their holidays by Chiara come predominantly from Northern Europe. Belgium, but also Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. “Essentially we choose – he added – is the sheer tranquility of the place, the majestic trees and large bushes of flowers are a natural barrier against the noise of the city, and for the friendship that develops between us. My home and that of my parents are always open for everyone. We seem, indeed, a big family. So much so that every year vacationers delight in the kitchen preparing their dishes. And we reciprocate with our delicacies. As the pork”. Guests, then, but also friends. “I’ve seen their children grow up – he says – one of us is born an affection sincere. The children send me your thoughts and designs that are at school and i reciprocate with photos of my life in the company”. There is, therefore, one osmotic exchange between them. Clare teaches you to enjoy the foods of the time since antiquity. And maybe they teach agricultural entrepreneur to see with different eyes and the artistic treasures of the place that the beauty of nature. “Almost every night – he says with a smile – are the nasu upward. Remain enraptured by the sky sparkling with stars. From them, they say, the starry sky is less bright”. But there are also seduced by the big old cypress tree that rises behind the house. “It ‘s been my grandmother, just married, to plant some pine cones, us nome ‘croccole’ in the land which gave birth to this wonderful plant”. Looks at the monitors, protects it from the top. How would her grandmother. “That would be proud of me, of what I could build. It was not easy and it still is. When, in the evening, returning home from work but are destroyed at the same time I’m happy. Who does not live in contact with nature but especially those living as part of nature he can not fully understand. ” Surely they understood the many guests of “La Crosticcia” that return every year to Castiglion Fiorentino. For them it is like returning to an old relative, a close friend with whom you choose to spend the happiest moments of his life.

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