Lomba da Fazenda
Located right after the village of Nordeste, Lomba da Fazenda parish has the biggest settlement and economical development of the council of Nordeste. For a long time, the inhabitants of Lomba da Fazenda took their income from the cultivation of the lands, especially with wheat and corn. In fact, this parish owes its name to a private farm owned by an important family of São Miguel located in this area (“fazenda” means farm, in Portuguese).
One can still see the remnants of the traditional agriculture in the form of subsistence farming, with the growing of potatoes, beans and vineyards, a knowledge passed on from generation to generation.
Nowadays, the livestock and milk production support most of the local economy. Long extensions of wild and old agriculture fields are today large areas of pasture for cattle.
Nevertheless, the traditions of agriculture and cultural heritage are present in another kind of industry. In the baking industry, the bread production was one of the traditions recovered here. Laborious hands give continuity to the old ways of making wheat bread and corn, sweet bread (“massa sovada”), oven bread and cookies, turning this activity into a positive addition to the parish of Lomba da Fazenda.
Regarding the architectural heritage of the parish, one can visit the existing temple built over the original Chapel of Our Lady of Conceição (“Capela da Nossa Senhora da Conceição”) dated to 1918.
Rural tourism is another sector that bridges old traditions with modern ages. The Lomba da Fazenda was one of the first parishes to recover old housing patrimony for rural guest-houses with a relevant quality offer in this area.