Our guide Heather told us we were on our way to see the “mechanical cow”. I envisioned the type of bucking bull that you might see in a western bar. What did this have to do with a day touring the countryside of northern Tuscany? Well, it was none other than a “milk machine”, sort of like a soda machine, but instead, dispensing milk. I’m not a big milk drinker, but I was intrigued by this roadside stand.
If you look at the left side of the photo you can see bottles for your milk. I can’t remember the exact cost, but it was about 20 centesimi (about a quarter) and for that you get a sanitized bottle. Now you’re ready to fill it up and that costs one euro. Put in your coin and out comes cold, fresh milk. It was so cool! The gentleman in the photo is actually the farmer coming to fill up the machine. Yes, you heard me right. It’s the farmer who raises the cows that supply the milk. I love this. It almost made want to pour a big glass. Too bad there wasn’t a chocolate chip cookie in sight!