During the long Easter weekend, we decided to make a trip to a local local farm, La Ferme de Viltain, just 10km away from us.
La ferme de Viltain, a family farm specialises in diary cattle farming. Diary products such as white cheese (fromage blanc and faisselle) and yogurt are produced from the on-site morning milking. The farm also grows vegetables, fruits and flowers. The types of products available, of course, varies with the season. The farm is open to the public for picking. There is also a store where regional food products sourced directly from the small-scale producers are sold.
We got there at 10am on a Saturday morning. It was an exceptional weather for April – clear blue sky, with temperature around the late teens. At the picking fields, we could already see about 20 people – groups of 3 or 4 people, mainly parents with their kids, scattered around the patches of farming. It was a cute scene with parents pushing the wheelbarrows, sometimes with the pickings in them, sometimes with a little kid!
The signage indicated that the seasonal vegetables were beetroots, spinach, lettuce, rocket, mint, potatoes, onions and shallots. Since we were going to be on vacation the following week, we did not pick any vegetables. However, I promised myself that I would get some of the fresh, crisp-looking lettuce and rocket the next time I visit the farm.
Tulips, Tulips, Tulips
The highlight of the day was to discover that the tulips were in season! I love flowers, the more colourful the better! Rows and rows of these big-petaled flowers with their vibrant coats, standing upright, facing audaciously towards the sky. These flowers were graced with majestic names such as The American Dream, The Queen of Night, Carnaval du Rio, and Esperanto.
We would definitely be back again, soon, and frequently for the fresh, local produce. Especially, after we saw that on their picking calendar more flowers (roses, sunflowers, lilies etc), fruits ( (apples, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries etc) and vegetables (pumpkins, carrots, aubergines, green beans, tomatoes etc) would be available in the following months until November!