A farm on our doorstep

One of the (many) great things about living in Paris is that it’s quick and easy to escape the city – in no time at all you can find yourself in rolling countryside with nothing but fields as far as you can see.

I love to shop at the farmers markets which you can find all over the city, but even better, we like to go to the farm and pick our own fruit, vegetables and flowers. One of the best ones I have ever been to is about 17km away, to the west of the city.

This time of year is a real feast, we came home loaded with all sorts of delicious, fresh produce. And of course it’s as local as possible, about 20 minutes from the field to the fridge! It’s fantastic to live in such a beautiful city, with amazing access to art, fashion and culture, but Paris is also a city where private gardens are scarce. If you’re lucky you can have access to a shared garden, but otherwise it’s wonderful to be able to enjoy the pleasures of picking our own fruit and vegetables at the weekends too, just as if it was my own garden!

Cueillette de Viltain

Open daily 9:00 – 19:00 from early April to November

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