Freixo do Meio


Microfactories and food processing

For the past 20 years we learned how to transform the surpluses of our ecosystem into nourishment.

Preparação de carne

Some of the activities were only restarted like making bread or processing pork, but most were developed from the start, out of nothing. We adapted and renovated the existing building at Freixo do Meio and gradually installed a series of small food factories.

  • Bakery
  • Poultry slaughterhouse
  • Meat transformation unit, dealing with poultry, pork, cow, lamb and game.
  • Cold cuts
  • Olive oil press
  • Wine
  • Acorn, fresh and preserved (pasteurization) vegetables processing units.
  • Solar drier
  • Egg grading unit
  • Industrial kitchen

All transformation units can be visited in terms to be agreed on.

Preparação de carne


Knowledge and flavours

Freixo do Meio is a place where people, ideas, cultures, traditions, and knowledge converge, merging wisdom and flavors while producing food.

From the village of Foros de Vale de Figueira came the preparation of bread, sausages, bell pepper paste and pork meat.

The rest we learned around the world. Our charcuterie crosses the traditions of the Alentejo with those of Vienna, Austria. From Cataluña, we took the inspiration for the way to preserve vegetables and produce natural wine. The way we manage and prepare the acorn is a mix of the Iberian tradition with those of Germany, Greece, and Italy.



Wine Cellar

House #1. The small wine press, the chimneys of the smoker and the bread oven are the only original food production structures of the farm still active today. The size of the winepress room, cut down by us to a third, is evidence of the ancestral importance of the vineyard at our Montado. We specialized since 2005 in natural red wine and natural grape juice, with an annual production of less than 1000 l. Mr. António Abel, and Alfredo are those in charge of producing the house nectars.

Acorn Transformation


House #7. Equipped for drying, peeling, mowing, and toasting, the acorn transformation unit of the Freixo do Meio processes ten tons of fresh acorn every year. Under the supervision of Edite Ferreira, during January and February the unit dries the acorn that will be process along the year. The main products are flour, crumbs, infusion, and peeled acorn.

Transformação de bolota
Preparação de Conservas Vegetais

Vegetable preserves

House #8. Our goal was always to preserve surpluses using the best methods, less resources and with the smallest ecological footprint.  In this unit, equipped with an autoclave, we produce soups, vegetable preserves, pâtés and hamburgers. The unit has a blast chiller to produce deep frozen food and is licensed under the number 892-2018.

Preparation of fresh veggies


House #9. The fresh veggies unit receives, washes, selects and packages 100 daily kilos of vegetables produced both by in house and by our partners, as well as the wild plants and mushrooms we pick. Placed on the old mule barn of the Monte da Herdade do Freixo do Meio, and is equipped with a large cold chamber.

Preparação de vegetais frescos
Cozinha industrial

Industrial kitchen


House #13. The kitchen of the Monte is currently located close to our canteen, at the old ox barn. Beside the daily meals of all cooperants and visitors, it cooks a vast range of food that promotes efficiency and reduction of food waste. Pies, pastries, quiches, toasts, granola, and cakes, among others. The kitchen is licensed as restaurant. (PROCESSO Nº 279725 SAFM).


Olive Oil Press

House #14. The production of olive oil at Montado do Freixo do Meio dates back to the time of the Phoenicians, around 1000 A.C. Close to the main house, the time olive tree is dated to be over 1000 years old. The modern centrifuge oil press, installed in (data) is certainly one of the smallest mills in the world, but is harmoniously integrated in our ecosystem. Beside Al Zeithe, the juice of the Galician olive we produce, the remaining pulp and the bone are fermented and integrated in the diet of the alentejano pigs. The mill processes two tons a day. Is licensed under the number 892-2018.

Lagar de Azeite


House #15. The bakery of Freixo do Meio originally known as Bread Oven, was the last transformation activity to be abandoned at Monte do Freixo do Meio and the first to be recovered during the 1990’s. At the centuries old wood fueled oven with capacity for 60 1 kg breads, we bake the original bread of the Alentejo and the ancestral acorn bread three times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We only use live yeast. Neba Grace Bineh and Malcolm Koh compose the current team. The unit is licensed in Licenciamento Único portal under the number 441/2018-1.

Meat transformation

House #18. The meat processing unit at Freixo do Meio was the first small-scale industry of its kind to be built on a farm in Portugal. It is authorized to process meat from Cattle, Swine, Sheep, Goats, Poultry, and Game. We work with approximately 800 kg of meat from different species weekly, exclusively sourced from our ecosystem. This unit is currently managed by the company Abel, Cunha e Semedo, Lda. License number 893/2018 DGV.

Transformação de Carne

Sausage making

House #19. The artisanal and traditional production of Alentejano pork sausages was, along with bread, the first legacy we revived. The enormous chimneys were there for a reason, so we gathered two women from the village, a pig, a large cooking pot, and started the process. Today, in addition to the renowned Alentejano smoked sausages cooked in the chimney with holm oak firewood, we have specialized in high-quality Austrian sausages. This unit is currently managed by the company Abel, Cunha e Semedo, Lda. License number 893-2018 GDV.


Poultry slaughterhouse

House #20. To be able to sacrifice the birds of our ecosystem ourselves was a partial victory achieved. We are working so that one day we can also be responsible for the slaughter of the other species. The birds are stunned and worked on one by one by a team formed by Mr. Joaquim Caixeiro, Manuela Silva and Laurinda Bengalinha. The unit is limited to the weekly sacrifice of 100 birds and licensed by DGV under the number A2218/PTVW69R-V.

Sala de abate
Centro de classificação de ovos

Egg Grading Centre

House #21. The processing of the eggs obtained from the agroforest of Freixo do Meio is done on the grading unit installed in the old barn of the farm. We daily observe, classify, and stamp about 300 organic eggs. The Center is licensed under the number 474/2018-1.

Solar dryer

House #22. The Solar dryer installed at Monte do Freixo do Meio was developed at Oeiras experimental station aiming to improve a practice as old as humanity: the drying of food for preserving. The tempered glass unit with 300 cubic meters dries fruits, vegetables, leaves, herbs and mushrooms, using only the Sun.

Secador solar