Sometimes I have the feeling that this little part of Germany I'm living in could become a really nice place for food lovers, if only a few things would change. The state (Bundesland) Jena is in, Thuringia, is called the green heart of Germany not without reason. Green fields, woods and slowly flowing rivers are all make up for a gentle and pretty landscape... at least once the snow's gone :-). It is also a fertile land with a long history for meat products (especially wurst, which deserves a post apart) and produce. Still, with the exception of maybe Bratwurst and asparagus, Thuringia, and part of the neighbouring Bundesländer which have a very similar landscape/economy, are not exactly famous for their gastronomic products. And here we come to the ifs I mentioned before. The effect of the socialist/materialist education people grew up with in the East still has a strong effect. Many still look for decent quality for low-low prices and are seldom ready to pay a more for something made with more care and consequently higher work-costs, especially when it comes to food. This means that few are ready to take the risk and venture into the quality food production business. So I decided I will post about the few local brave producers that decide to take the "hard path" to food quality whenever I discover one. I don't know if it will help these producers much, after all I'm not writing in German for a mainly German public, but a little is better than nothing. I'll start today with a local cheese maker: Riekehof Tultewitz.