There is a melon & vegetable farm in Gondeville, a village about 4 km from downtown Jarnac, and they hold a Farmers's market every Friday afternoon. We lived near there for a month during our renovations and went to it a few times.
Once a year, they have a two day spectacle on their farm, where they invite plenty of other producers, true makers of the best regional products and it's a very popular event. Aside of their own top quality, locally grown produce at No Frills pricing, there were some other exceptionally cool vendors there. I don't feel like typing today, so just look at the pictures.
I went too early for lunch, but I tell you. In the middle of the giant court yard a senior farmer set up a couple of barrels with woods from the vines to BBQ. How it basically works, is that you buy your meat at the vendors available, give it to the Pit Master/Boss/Chef and he'll grill it for you. How cool is that.
The event is still on tomorrow, I might just go back, especially for that BBQ. And a side of fresh Fries.
Enjoy the pictures. Almost 60 images, but not really in order. You'll get the idea.
OVERFLOW PARKING AT 9 AM
WITH SHUTTLE SERVICE
THE FARM'S MAIN BUSINESS, MELONS
HAVE YOU EVER EATEN ESCARGOTS FRESH?
THEY MAKE GREAT TERRINES TOO APPARENTLY
A LIVE HONEY PRODUCTION PRESENTATION
TASTE BEFORE YOU BUY
MADE IN FRANCE
ALL SORTS OF POULTRY
I AM GOING BACK ON SUNDAY - FRESH FRIES WITHOUT THE MESS
THE GOAT CHEESE LADIES
A GREAT ARTISAN JAM MAKER
LOOK AT THE PRICES - ONLY 20% SUGAR
APRICOT JAM IN PROCESS
VERY FRESH BAKED GOODS
ALL VENDORS FROM WITHIN 30 KM
I AM EYEING THE CAKE, NOT THE BREAD......
LA VACHE QUI RIT
HMMMM. I HAVE A BUSINESS IDEA. LOTS OF PRODUCT ON MY ROOF.....
IT'S ALL GOOD, SANS MONTSANTO
THE COURTYARD OF THE OPERATION. PERFECT VENUE FOR THIS MARKET
ICE CREAM FROM THE FARM
I LOVE A GOOD GRILLED ONE
PRODUCER DIRECT PRICING
INSIDE THE WAREHOUSE
ALREADY RESTOCKING THE SALAD
CHRISTMAS, NEVER TOO FAR AWAY. TREE PRE ORDER
ALL ABOUT HAZELNUTS
EXTRA VIRGIN, FIRST PRESSED HAZELNUT OIL. VERY PUNGENT
APRICOTS BY THE CRATE
CRAFT BEER GETTING BIG IN FRANCE NOW
CHINESE GARLIC CANNOT COMPETE IN QUALITY AND FLAVOR
THE MARKET IS OPEN TILL TEN PM AND LOTS OF PEOPLE STAY FOR DINNER
MID CENTURY INDUSTRIAL, I'D BUY THEM FOR THE HOUSE
SCREW LIABILITY - JUST HAVE FUN
THE PIT MASTER - BRING YOUR OWN MEAT
FROM THIS TRUCK.....BEST SAUSAGES
PEOPLE WERE SHOPPING UP A STORM
LA VACHE QUI RIT PAS?
BACK TO THE CAR WITH THE COOL SHUTTLE SERVICE
HENNESSY XO - CA. 2028
PARKING IN THE VINES. LIKE A BOSS
THE ESTATE'S DOVECOTE
A NICE PLACE TO RUN A FARM
THE VEGETABLE FIELDS OUT BACK
AND ALL THAT IN THE MIDDLE OF COGNAC COUNTRY