Vindima: grape picking season

The weather was particularly dry this year. Since the beginning of March it hardly rained, leaving farmers rather desperate. Those who irrigated the vineyards in August were able to save most of their harvest luckily. The grape picking season normally starts mid September and goes on to half October. At our family farm, ‘quinta‘ as we…

Butter more expensive than codfish during world war II

Luckily we don’t like to throw stuff away in this family. That’s why we still have  pricelists of 1943, 1944 and 1945. My greatgrandfather was a farmer with a small grocery shop in the Silvercoast area. During world war II food was rationed in Portugal, as well. In the years of severe fighting throughout Europe…

Olives again next year?

“My father used to have a lot of work in the first months of the year”, João said. Meanwhile he is busy with a saw in his hands. It’s the end of February and it’s time to cut back the ancient olive trees. Our harvest has failed tremendously. Not one olive was saved from the new…