23 June 2012 by Robyn Campbell

Taste the good life at Green Goose farm

At Green Goose farm in the Eastern Free State, the organic cheese is so good it’ll give you goosebumps…

Ficksburger cheese

There are reasons enough to visit the Eastern Free State, or as it’s now called, Thabo Mofutsanyana.


										Eastern Free State scenery

Located in the foothills of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, it’s a painters’ and photographers’ landscape. Flat, green-topped koppies of gold- and russet-coloured sandstone pop haphazardly out of the countryside; strange rock formations conjure peculiar shadows, and mile-high formations of cumulonimbus clouds and magnificent sunrises compete to occupy centre stage on the wide horizon.

Easy-to-drive tarred roads stitch together the fertile valleys, game and nature reserves, battle sites and farms that make up this corner of the province, linking towns like Rosendal, Fouriesburg, musical-sounding Clocolan, and Ladybrand.  

En-route, you will encounter the small town of Ficksburg. Already famous (at least among foodies) for its seasonal cherry festival in October and new-season asparagus, travelling epicures won’t want to miss out on Green Goose farm.

The family-run concern raises organic 100% pasture-fed beef and produces wonderful artisan cheeses from unpasteurised fresh milk, such as haloumi, feta, Gouda, cheddar and their scrumptious, award-winning Ficksburger.

An hour in the company of Anneke and her beloved cattle and geese will remind you why it’s so worth seeking out real food made by committed people seeking to make a genuine difference by what they produce.

Ficksburger cheese is organic raw milk, washed-rind cheese. Similar to a Reblochon, it has a smooth, creamy texture, and a sweet, almost nutty, flavour.

Call in at the farm store where you can enjoy a delicious farm breakfast (it’s the Full Monty, trust me), a cheese tasting or light lunch, and leave with a car boot full of yummy cheese and eiderdown products (made on-farm), at farm-gate prices.

If you’re conscious of the integrity of your food, take the farm tour/talk usually led by the farmer’s wife, Anneke Sorour. Anneke is passionate about the environment and her food.


										Snow white geese

The terms ‘organic’, ‘grass-fed’, and ‘free-of this’ and ‘free of that’ are so entrenched in our popular idiom and diluted through overuse that they’re (sadly) almost void of the revolutionary zeal they once implied.

An hour in the company of Anneke and her beloved cattle and geese will remind you why it’s so worth seeking out real food made by committed people seeking to make a genuine difference by what they produce.

If you ask me, a taste of the good life isn’t a mansion, a fat bank account or a luxury yacht – it’s the reward in every creamy mouthful of Goose Green’s beyond-organic cheeses…   
 
To take a farm tour at Green Goose, contact Anneke Sorour at +27 (0)82 925 2770, or email her at: anneke@greengoose.co.za.

To visit the farm, go to GPS coordinates: S 28º 42' 42" | E 27º 55' 54"

Category: Food & Wine

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