For two weeks, I volunteered as a WWOOFer at Podere Il Casale where after a day in the gardens, milking goats, or serving cheese tastings to tourists, we all gathered for a staff meal. We ate simple, delicious food like chestnut linguini with fresh ricotta or a farro salad with olives, capers and sundried tomatos.
The farm is located between Pienza and Montepulciano in the Val D'orca subregion of Tuscany. The owners are a big-hearted Swiss couple who are passionate about farm-to-table living and want to share their lifestyle with others. Visitors can visit the goats and sheep, then tour the "caseficio" where they make the cheese, and lastly - and most importantly - they can taste a sampling of cheeses like a an aged pecorino or a soft goat cheese. You can pitch a tent or rent a room for an extended "agroturismo" experience or stay for a few hours, lingering over lunch under the grape arbor with a view of the valley below. www.podereilcasale.com