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The hard work of mezzadri

As many young adults in my region, I am a proud granddaughter of two hard-working farmers. My grandparents, and before them, my grand-grandparents, were tenant farmers or, as they were called in Italy “mezzadri”. Mezzadria was a system of feudal land tenure whereby a farmer, namely my grandparents, paid half of the farm’s produce as..

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The Slow Food Presidium of Serra de’ Conti: the cicerchia

It’s not the first time we mention the Queen of Legumes in Le Marche, Its Majesty Cicerchia. During Carnival, we prepared the Cicerchiata, named after It, but we have just referred to it for its shape. The Latin name is Lathyrus Sativus, but it is also known as grass pea or Indian pea. This small irregularly..

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