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Milk road - from the local producer to costumer. The farmers, local producers, rural communities, homesteads from Rietavas, Telsiai, Plunge and Kupiskis invite you to join the Milk road route and meet with villagers to hear their stories, learn and see how to make a cheese and other dairy products, try traditional regional dishes, buy rural products, test various health procedures and experience the hospitality of Lithuanian villages.
We encourage you to visit 32 objects Rietavas, Plunge, Tent and Kupiškis districts. Object services and products are unique and adapted to the specific needs of visitors, so we advice you to contact us and we will help you to arrange the visits and organize it.
Milk road route encourages and promotes slow, ecological, ethnographic tourism.
The Uoginiai Crafts Centre is located at the Kupiškis Ethnographic Museum’s branch in the A. Petrauskas Museum, implementing the 2014–2015 local project “Amatų centro įkūrimas Uoginių kaime, Kupiškio rajone”. Uoginiai village is well-known for its unique museum, founded in 1969 by the ordinary farmer Adomas Petrauskas at his homestead. The museum displays household items, publications, folk sculptures, and stands featuring the photographs and biographies of prominent figures. The homestead’s surroundings are decorated with a collection of field stones and millstones of impressive size and forms, and trees and bushes collected, brought back from the forest, and planted by A. Petrauskas himself continue to flourish. Visitors may put up tents at the museum, and there is a fire ring for campfires.
The purposes of the Uoginiai crafts centre are to bring together traditional crafts and the makers of milk products, to organise events accenting ethnocultural craft traditions and encouraging entrepreneurship among crafts people. The following educational programmes have been prepared: “Bitės liemuo, lino gelmuo” (candle-making), “Medaus kelias” (honey road), “Kalėdų avinėlis” (wool fulling and paper cutting), “Vytelių dailumas” (weaving), “Molio šiluma” (clay), “Sanobinas kupiškėnų vesėlios”, “Pakišuolio gardumas” (bread-baking), “Gyvybės medis” (a certified paper cutting programme).
The family’s business idea was born out of its wish to share what they themselves had created and learned. Because modern life surrounds us with much stress, tension and negative emotions, it is vital not to “lose oneself”, and to find one’s true self. We intend to implement our ideas from June 2015. We have prepared a programme of services called “Lyg iš pieno” (as if from milk), in which many of the procedures are performed using milk products. Up to 5 persons may participate in the programme at one time, the price to be agreed in advance. In addition, we plan to offer a sauna, to organise educational activity (presenting non-traditional wellness methods, including breathing, dance, gong sound, aroma and colour therapies), and to organise wellness camps.
The cooperative “Pieno puta” was established in 2004. At present, more than one thousand farmers across the Kupiškis, Biržai, Rokiškis, Pasvalys, Zarasai, Utena, Ukmergė and Anykščiai districts belong to the cooperative. There are 58 centralised milk-collection points and 60 independently-working dairy farms. UAB “Bagaslaviškio pieninė” can trace its history back to 1930. After World War II, the company was nationalised and became the Širvintos central butter factory workshop. In 2013, after being privatised and with the combined efforts of the members of the cooperative “Pieno puta” and the specialists working in the creamery, the company became a contemporary, low-capacity maker of traditional, natural Lithuanian dairy products. Products are made only from the cows’ milk supplied by Lithuanian farmers, and no vegetable fats, stabilisers or emulsifiers are used in production. Bagaslaviškio pieninė’s products have captured quite a few awards: in 2011, its 22-percent-fat quark with dill earned a gold medal at the “Lietuvos metų gaminys 2011 m.”; in 2012, its 30-percent-fat sour cream earned a silver medal at the same competition; in 2013, its spicy curd spread with dried tomatoes earned a gold medal at the same competition; in the 5th exhibition of Lithuanian producers, its natural curd spread with dill was awarded a gold medal at the show “Rinkis prekę lietuvišką 2013”; in 2014, the smoked cheese “Gintarėliai” was awarded a gold medal at the “Lietuvos metų gaminys 2014”. All products have been certified in accordance with the HACCP system. Bagaslaviškio pieninė’s products can be found in local open-air markets, small shops, certain large shopping centres and at sites participating in the project “Pieno kelias” (Milk Road).
The Kupiškis TBIC gathers, collects and provides information free of charge to tourists about the tourism services, resources and locations of the Kupiškis area. Excursions, events and seminars are organised, and various souvenirs related to the Kupiškis area are available for purchase. The Kupiškis TBIC cooperates closely with local farmers and those who use dairy products to make their goods.
The countryside homestead “Čivonkiemis” (owned by Ramunė Lapienienė and Rolandas Verbliugevičius) has been open since 2013. It is a family business: hosting and catering services are offered, and food is prepared and supplied to events and occasions. Up to 25 people can make use of the homestead “Čivonkiemis”. There is a mobile sauna, a hot tub, tents for up to 50 people for use in banquets, and visitors may rent outdoor furniture, order food and put up tents. Accommodations are available for up to 14 people. And here are the milk desserts you can enjoy, if you order in advance before visiting: curd muffins with mascarpone, a milkshake “Uoga” (Berry), a cake/roll “Varškės gaivumas”, and panna cotta.
The purposes of the Adomynė village community, established in 2002, are to cultivate and beautify Adomynė village and its living environment, and to make the cultural and culinary heritage of the Kupiškis area accessible to visitors. Since 2014, the community has been organising educational programmes about the culinary heritage of Adomynė village and the surrounding area. Programmes take place at the Adomynė manor, a cultural heritage site. During the educational programmes, hot manor rolls (in the old days, called “funeral rolls”) are baked with a curd filling. Since the 19th century, such rolls were baked only in Adomynė and the area surrounding it. The traditions and recipes are handed down from generation to generation. Certification of Adomynė’s “funeral rolls” as culinary heritage is being sought. In addition, the community’s members make cheese of various kinds, which are available for purchase by visitors to the Adomynė manor. Each autumn, a celebration of non-traditional cheese is organised. The community organises the educational programmes “Smagu širdžiai – gardu pilvui” (Fun for the heart, tasty for the belly) for adults and “Adomynės lobio ieškojimas” (Searching for the treasure of Adomynė) for pupils.
Visitors can also celebrate Easter, Pentecost and the Feast of St Anthony of Padua (it is necessary to arrange a visit in advance).
Having implemented the project“ Amatų kiemelio įrengimas ir pritaikymas bendruomenės poreikiams”, a bakery for baking bread and rolls as well as a space for conducting educa-
tional activities have been opened in the town of Luokė. The dairy products needed for the baked goods are purchased from local farmers.
This is a family business (the owner is Sandra Riepšienė), which began in 2009. At first, the business idea was to make kvass according to grandmother’s recipe. Later, seeking to carry on the old-fashioned family traditions, the grandmother’s and other collected recipes were used to begin making products such as kastinys, carrot sweets and tree cake. Now the business sells its products in fairs, festivals, open-air markets and in food shops emphasising the quality of Lithuanian farms. Seeking to carry on national heritage traditions, UAB “Kontėna” has also organised educational programmes since 2012: “Žemaitiško tradicinio kastinio sukimas” (making traditional Samogitian kastinys) and “Sviesto mušimas” (butter-churning). The programmes are available by arrangement in advance. Other available products include homemade Žarėnai kvass, Samogitian kastinys, carrot cukierka and tree cake “Žarėnioks” (all these products have been certified as national heritage products); the so-called “apple cheese”, the so-called “carrot cheese” with ginger, home-baked bread, “Gurmanų” cookies, a whey beverage, Danutė’s curd pie, and sugar-free cookies “Rugelis”.
Visitors may purchase these products right where they’re made or by an order arranged in advance. Traditional Samogitian dishes may also be ordered: cibulynė (cold onion soup), traditional Samogitian kastinys, spirginė (hempseeds with salt and onions). In addition, products made to individual order in advance can be delivered to Lithuania’s big cities.
The Kaunatava community was established in 2005. Implementing a Project financed by the EU, the community renovated an old barn and set up a crafts yard in which it is planned to organise educational activities, e.g., how to make the so-called “apple cheese” (in Lithuanian, obuolių sūris) or bake the so-called “honey biscuits” (in Lithuanian, “meduoliai”) according to an old-fashioned recipe, and artistic papercutting lessons. The educational activities are conducted by Virginija Galinienė, Vilija Jocienė and Dainora Macevičienė.
“Žemaitijos hidroenergija” owns the countryside tourism homestead “Angelų malūnas”, located at a cultural heritage site that was renovated in 2010. A museum has been opened at the mill, in which old-fashioned grainmilling equipment is on display. Tourism services are provided: accommodation, conference halls, bicycle and kayak rental. Educational programmes are offered, among them – a sauna programme. Our ancestors knew how useful and even irreplaceable a sauna can be. Our sauna procedures are distinctive for the soured milk products that are used in them. The programme may be arranged in advance by telephone or by e-mail.
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