During the season we are supplied with fruit by one of the vineyard workers from organic estate Rossignol Trapet in Gevrey. We never know what he is going to bring, it depends upon the time of the season, and how kind the weather has been to his crops. He turns up in the evening, and we will take whatever he has. We usually have several deliveries of vine peaches 'peches des vignes', wild strawberries, cherries, and at the end of the summer and early autumn, beautiful plums.
For our regular supplies, we go to Dijon Market. Francoise, of Gout et Saveurs, is the largest organic stall on the market. Although she is a wholesaler, her sources of supply are excellent, and she chooses only the best quality fruit and vegetables. We also have the advantage that during the season she will deliver, which makes our shopping trips a little lighter. However, wherever we can, we will buy from the farmers. Their produce comes out of the ground one day, and it is on the market the next. They take great pride in what they sell, and the flavours are entirely natural, not tainted by any form of chemical preparation, or storage process between gathering and selling. In addition to seasonal fruit and vegetables, we can usually also get a good selection of fresh herbs apart from those that we grow ourselves, although there is also a stall on the market that sells nothing but herbs, and which satisfies the rest of our requirements.
What we really like, is the way that the produce changes with the seasons, and that it is all local. As the year progresses, our future blogs will follow the introduction of new seasonal products to our suppliers stalls.