We want to make their names known because we would be nothing without them. They are the real heroes of the twenty-first century.
“When I grow up I want to be a fire-fighting goat: I want to eat every heather, thicket and scrub so they can’t burst into flames ever again. I want to reach places machines are unable to enter.” To thank Rafaek for this heroic effort, we bought him these heroic goats. With his flock of 330 goats, who graze at the Puerto de Los Columbros in the summertime, he helps prevent the catastrophe that happened in the summer of 2010—when a forest fire in Cantabria devastated an area the size of 7,000 football fields—from happening again. Our menu just wouldn’t be complete without him!
María Jesús lives in a small town in San Pedro Romeral, Cantabria. When her partner was left jobless, they decided to put their milk cows to use and poured their heart and soul into becoming milk farmers. In the year 2000 they decided to go organic and became one of the first farms of their kind in Cantabria. The villagers thought she was mad, but she didn’t lose heart and continued to attend workshops and trade fairs to learn more about her newfound passion. Now, her whole family is on board, and with their help, Los Tiemblos has managed to garner national acclaim.
We wouldn’t be able to serve such delightfully delicious organic beef steaks filled with serrano ham and creamy, buttery cheese from Cantabria’s Pasiego valleys, if it weren’t for Siete Valles de Montaña, the first organic farmers’ cooperative in Cantabria, of which we are collaborative partners. We like to thank them whenever we get the chance and we encourage you to listen to them because their spirit and way of working is truly inspiring. Go to their website and read their stories.
We’d also like to introduce you to Conchi, the author of ecovaldeolea.blogspot.com. She is a true entrepreneur and an amazing communicator. We love Conchi’s organic meat and her desire to improve.