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....
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.
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.
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.