Yesterday was the first of 2016’s “De Ferme en Ferme” events, where you’re invited to follow a circuit of open houses at farms in a region. This one was in the Haute Vallée of Aude, a favorite circuit of ours.
We headed south of Carcassonne, past Limoux, then meandered along back roads to our first (and best) destination: “à la Petite Ferme” de Dimitri Duhaumont (a name that made our kid laugh, because you climb and climb to the farm and the farmer’s name means “from the high mountain”). It’s near the hilltop village of Roquetaillade, which means hacked in the rock.
The farm specializes in chickens and “cochons noirs Gascons” or black Gascogne pigs.
There’s also an Old MacDonald’s assortment of other barnyard friends–geese, chickens, ducks and shy goats, all usually free range. But the fowl are at the moment kept in spacious, wild enclosures to protect them from bird flu.
We first learned about De Ferme en Ferme from friends who said it was great for kids. They not only see, and sometimes pet, animals, but there are also other activities.
We soon learned, however, that the main purpose is adult entertainment of the gastronomic genre. Besides a lunch–reservations required–there was plenty to taste and to buy to take home.
There was a restored capitelle, or refuge–where shepherds or vignerons could find shade or shelter.
I had the four farms we visited in one post, which crashed my computer. So I’m breaking them up into separate posts. Come back tomorrow for the next stop on our farm tour.