Cheese

Shai Seltzer, Har Eitan Cheese Farm

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The Farm - West of Jerusalem, down the eastern slope of Mount Eitan by the Sataf Springs, lies an area that has known agriculture for the last six thousand years. Here is where Shai and his family founded the farm in 1974. Shai's cheeses are famous throughout Israel not only for their quality but for their unique flavors. Using a cheese cave with cultures that can date back millennia, Shai's cheese reflects the flavors of Israel and is preferred by many Israeli chefs. On location there is an organic vegetable garden based on the ancient technique of terrace farming, a goat herd of 170 heads and an award winning goat cheese dairy.

The farm is open to visitors on weekends. Check for tasting exhibitions and special culinary events. Group visits, Training programs, and seminars on goat farming and cheesemaking are available.

Hedai Offaim - The Ofaimme Farm

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The Ofaimme Farm was founded by brothers Yinon and Hedai Offaim. The farm grows livestock, fruit, and vegetables in order to maintain a diversity of species that promotes the ecological tapestry in which we live. In the organic pen alpine goats are raised for their milk; in the henhouse free range chickens provide eggs, and in the fields and orchards grow dates of various varieties, mango, vegetables, and herbs. 

The Ofaimme farm processes their crops slowly, by hand, and using traditional methods without to create food pesticides, preservatives, hormones, or genetic engineering.  The products of the farm are all sold locally and are sown and reaped, reared and milked, harvested and picked with the help of workers and volunteers from around the globe who enjoy creating healthy, fair, and delicious food.

Farm store Locations:

  • The Renanim Center, Maccabim, Modi’in. The store sells all of the farm produce along with light meals and fresh organic coffee and tea.
  • 17 Beit Hakerem St., Jerusalem. A farm store alongside a beautiful coffee house and vegetarian restaurant that serves food and drinks from the farm’s produce.
  • The farm in the Arava, Moshav Idan. In this location they host organized group tours of the farm as well as meals and events.
  • The farm in the Ella Valley, Moshav Zafrirm. Here they host cooking workshops, meals, lessons and lectures on sustainable agriculture and slow food in Israel.
  • Location in Jerusalem to be opened in April 2016.