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A Shepherd’s Life

Originally from Spanish Catalonia, Ignasi and Montse found refuge at the foot of Mount Canigou in the Llitera Valley on the French side more than 20 years ago. Sheep farmers and cheese makers, they took over the bergerie and cheese making operation when the last shepherd-monk of St. Michel de Cuxa retired. St. Michel de…
  • Food and Wine, Languedoc-Roussillon, Organic, Pyrenees, sheep cheese, South of France
  • May 30, 2014

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row… Just before the slanting earth turns into the beaches of the Mediterranean, you’ll find Mas Les Ripouilles—home to a local vegetable farm and organic grocery store providing many of our picnics with fresh ingredients. Follow the farm-stand signs past fields and orchards…
  • January 16, 2014

Be Free Bee!

We were eager to meet an organic local beekeeper when Vincent Bellande agreed to introduce us to his bees. But it wasn’t until we tasted his honey that we understood the real beauty of Vincent’s approach to apiculture. Vincent’s goal isn’t to harvest loads of honey, only to harvest good honey. He says happy bees make good…
  • January 16, 2014

Extending an Olive Branch

Amongst the famous vineyards of the village of Calce, Carmen and Didier Lamirand care for their 50 year-old olive trees with a devotion nothing short of inspiring. A Franco-American-Cuban-South American family, in 2002 they moved back to Didier’s native France intent on making a go at organic olive oil production. “Historically this was the most…
  • September 30, 2013

Meet Mourvedre

Domaine Treloar Though not staunchly organic, we can’t deny the quality of our favorite Domaine Treloar red—Motus, a mourvedre dominated wine aged for two years in American oak. What is mourvedre you might wonder? Only the royal grape of Catalonia, known for its spices unequaled in other regional varieties. We suppose this is one of…
  • March 26, 2014