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Schwartzman Dairy and Farm: A Taste of History and Authentic Craftsmanship
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Schwartzman Dairy and Farm: A Taste of History and Authentic Craftsmanship

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Address: Old Bat Shlomo Colony, Shwartzman Farm,

Phone: 04-6396107

About 120 years ago, Zelig Schwartzman settled in the new Bat Shlomo community and built his home. His family went on to establish the renowned Schwartzman Dairy 20 years later, and has been crafting goat, sheep, and beef cheeses with love and dedication ever since. The family has kept the secrets of their boutique cheese production and preparation for four generations.

Bat Shlomo is a small community located in the northern region of Israel, nestled between the Carmel Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The area is known for its breathtaking views, picturesque landscapes, and historical significance.

Experience a bygone heritage and way of life while savoring an unforgettable culinary adventure in the family’s yard. The ancient stone structure, standing in the courtyard for over a century, transports visitors to another time. The building serves as both a private museum and a restaurant, showcasing representative objects, tools, photos, and documents documenting the farm’s past and the settlement’s founding. You can admire the agricultural equipment and various machines used in the dairy’s early days. The treasures of the past testify to the site’s rich history.

Savor the variety of flavors offered at the dairy, including fine cheeses made from goat, sheep, and cow milk, ranging from soft to hard and aged to ripe. Enjoy olives harvested with care from Bat Shlomo’s orchards and grown at the foot of Mount Horshan. The olives are known for their exceptional taste and are used to produce pure olive oil. The family also produces amber-colored natural honey collected from beehives working diligently to collect nectar from the flowers of Nahal Dalia and the surrounding area. You can try the date honey (Silan), carob honey, honeysuckle honey, and more, all mixed in-house without mass production. Each bite is a journey through the region’s flavors and aromas of the past.

Don’t miss out on the menu’s specialties, including green and black olives served at the entrance and the mouth-watering cheese slits prepared with love and pride by Ziv Schwartzman behind the counter. Come for a visit and taste history blended with contemporary produce, seasoned with the aromas of the past, and crafted with real craftsmanship.

The Schwartzman Dairy and Farm’s unique taste lies in the authenticity preserved since the dairy’s establishment, which is still practiced today. Ziv, the third generation, and his fourth-generation daughters refuse to switch to modern methods, inheriting and preserving the cheese-making secrets and traditions of raising cattle, sheep, and producing cheese passed down from Zelig’s grandfather and Ziv Shimon’s father. Each cow, goat, and sheep is treated with individual care, receiving personal attention and manual milking methods. The dairy’s products are processed with endless dedication and love, resulting in high-quality milk and cheese.

Come for a visit and combine it with a full meal at the cheese restaurant located in the farm’s courtyard. Savor an abundance of flavors, including stuffed and special spreads, and finish with coffee and sweet desserts. Visitors can also purchase the best of the farm’s produce at the on-site shop, taking home the flavors worth savoring. Experience a taste of the past and quality craftsmanship in a beautiful scenery.

Opening hours:

Sunday: 8:00 - 20:00

Monday: 8:00 - 20:00

Tuesday: 8:00 - 20:00

Wednesday: 8:00 - 20:00

Thursday: 8:00 - 20:00

Friday: 8:00 - 20:00

Saturday: 8:00 - 20:00

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