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As judged by the appearance, some of the buildings on this summerfarm probably dates back to sometime 1700s.

It is interesting to notice they still harvest the grass and bring it down to the farm in the valley for winter use, like they did back when they had to do that for the cattle to survive. The mountain grass is juicy and very nutritious but it grows very slowly at this altitude.

The tradition of bringing the cows to the mountains for the summer almost came to an end after WW2, and today most old summerfarms are used as weekend places at the best. However in Forollhogna National Park more and more farmers have taken up this old tradition again, and today you can find a number of operative summerfarms in the area.

Like the one in the image, where I earlier in summer came across a herd of cows not far away (represented by two of them in the WS image)…

Some of the summerfarms also offer produce for sale - like milk, cream, butter and cheese, and this tastes way better than the stuff you find in the grocery store! When this was taken the summerfarm has just closed, ending a season that lasts from June until beginning of September.

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9896 W: 315 N: 14454] (53744)
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