French food focus - July 2018

A focus on food in France

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Le Jardin de l’Avenir, in Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire) was started in 1974 by the Petiteau family who, very unusually for the time, firmly believed in organic farming.

Eschewing modern chemicals, they built up a market garden where people could pick their own fruit and vegetables all year round. The farm is still family-sized and family-orientated although since Jérôme Petiteau retired in 2006 it has been run by associate managers Loïc de Barmon, who deals with the farm, and Julien Tardy who manages the shop.

Jardin de l'Avenir shop

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