Travel: Gilboa in the summer

What to do in the Beit She'an Valley locale of Emek Hama'ayanot.

By MEITAL SHARABI
September 8, 2016 18:12
3 minute read.
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Weitzman Boutique Winery. (photo credit: MEITAL SHARABI)

 
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Location: Emek Hama’ayanot
Length: Half day
Season: All year
Difficulty: Easy, appropriate for families, includes easy walking, and driving


Emek Hama’ayanot, located in the Beit She’an Valley in the North, attracts an incredible number of hikers in the winter months when the hills are green and the rivers are gushing with water. But it’s also a wonderful place to visit in the summer, when you can visit the Barkanit Dairy in Kfar Yehezkel, a small operation owned by Avinoam and Michal Barkan, who have been producing quality goat cheese for almost 40 years. Their cheeses can be found in delicatessens across the country, but there’s nothing like a visit to their dairy to get a taste of these high quality cheeses. The Barkan family produces hard and semi-hard cheeses, such as Camembert, Sainte-Maure de Touraine, blue cheese and Manchego. In addition, the Barkans opened a small shop next door where guests can sit and enjoy a platter of cheese and vegetables.

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