The Most Charming French Grocery

Heather Bullard | French Grocery

I've visited my fair share of local farmstands and independent grocers. Why, there are at least four produce stands within a few miles of my home that I frequent on a weekly basis. But this small, organic French grocery, Les Jardins de Vaissieres, has to be the absolute most charming one I've ever seen. When you step through the door, it feels as if you're taking a journey back in time or walking through a scene from a movie. Their gorgeous displays are overflowing with baskets of vibrant produce, cupboards filled with jars of homemade terrines and pâté, and crates of organic eggs - all under the "watchful" eye of a sleeping shop kitty....

Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery

I mean, seriously. Have you ever? Now, don't get me wrong. There are some pretty amazing grocer/farmstands in the US. In fact, the Shed and Bloomsbury, both come to mind. But I find the quaint, simplicity of  Les Jardins de Vaissieres very inspiring and entirely unique. The environment and shopping experience had all my senses on full alert with the aroma of fresh produce, the chatter of French conversations, the taste of ripe berries straight from the field, and the pure abundance of nature itself.

Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery

I shared a few videos of the grocery on my IG stories and saved them to my highlights if you'd like to see the experience from another perspective. Look under the highlight Marché to see what I bought...pâté de fruits! Which is a delicious accompaniment on a charcuterie or cheese board. They make the pâté de fruits in antique tin molds in a variety of shapes and sizes. I loved the apricot.

Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery
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Heather Bullard | French Grocery
Heather Bullard | French Grocery

Address:

DOMAINE DE VAISSIERES
Villasavary 11150
France

Open:
February 5th to December 15th

Hours:
Monday to Sunday including public holidays.
9:30 to 12:30 and from 2:30 to 7:30

Phone to confirm hours: 
+33 4 68 24 44 98

WebsiteLes Jardins de Vaissières
 

Photos copyright - Heather Bullard

 

If you ever find yourself in the south of France, near Carcassonne, I hope you'll make plans to visit. One of the best things about travel, is finding local businesses (away from the tourist crowds) that give you the opportunity to observe and participate in their daily culture, while also having the opportunity to support their community. For me, it's the most fulfilling aspect of exploring other countries, and certainly, creates the fondest memories of my visit.

PS. Between posts you can find me on Instagram sharing highlights of daily life.
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