From time to time it is worth leaving Luxembourg’s busy and stressful main roads and get to know the idyllic countryside. In Lellig, a small village in the east of the Grand-Duchy, we visited Marianne und Fränk Clemens on their pretty farm. There are more animals on the farm then there are residents in the village: dairy cows, grazing cows with their calves, bulls, goats, sheep, pigs and chickens.
Fränk opens a heavy door, spicy smoke drifts out to meet us from the dark room beyond. Under the pitch-black ceiling, we can just make out the outline of many hams; soon they will be ready to be sold. They were first cured in a special family mix of spices that Fränk learned from his father when he was a child. Since the start of 2016, the Clemens family offers products such as meat, sausages and ham from their new farmyard shop, “Buttek um Haff“.
As Marianne, Fränk and their son Georges take care of the whole process, from breeding and raising the animals to the preparation and marketing of their meats, customers are sure to receive safe, ecologically friendly and high quality products. In summer the cattle and their calves graze in 38 hectares of bio diverse meadows, while winter is spent in open pens with straw, and fed on farm-grown fodder.
At the “Buttek um Haff“ you must try the raw and cooked ham. Marianne’s favourite is the Luxembourgish black pudding (Träipen), another traditional product. Besides meat and sausages, you will also find cider, honey, jam, flower, cheese and wine, amongst other things. As you can see, there are many good reasons for a trip into the countryside.