LA FERME DE JOSEPH - MILK NEVER TASTED SO GOOD! In 2011 Megève farmer Joseph Socquet opened a chaletstyle farm shop. Using the milk from his cows, he makes creamy yoghurts, fromage blanc, tomme blanche cheese and ice cream like you’ve never tasted before. All topquality produce backed by the ‘Manger mégevan, manger gourmand’ label.
yoghurt or milk, these wonderfully soft glaces are cream-free. If you order in advance, you can buy sorbets in original flavours such as farmhouse cheese. Last year, Joseph signed up to the ‘Manger mégevan, manger gourmand’ charter to promote his quality produce and know-how, whose reputation has spread far beyond the border.
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athed in sunlight from morning to night, this place is full of charm and the owner, a well-known local figure, greets you like a friend. Welcome to La Ferme de Joseph, a magnificent timber building set at 1,150 metres altitude on Jaillet Mountain. It is here that farmer Joseph Socquet processes the milk produced by his 70-strong herd of Abondance cows. In winter, through the shop window you can sometimes get a glimpse of these fine-looking ladies munching hay as they patiently await the return of spring. People flock from far and wide to buy the farm produce sold here. The MAISONS&HOTELS Sibuet establishments come here to stock up on yoghurt and ice cream. The yoghurts are made as naturally as possible, with full-fat milk and no added milk powder. In the wild blueberry, raspberry and Savoie red fruits flavours, they are absolutely delicious. Joseph also produces fromage blanc and tomme blanche on the farm. The other cheeses, made by friends of Joseph, are matured in his cellar. At the height of summer the home-made ice creams sell like hot cakes. Made from
‘MANGER MÉGEVAN, MANGER GOURMAND’ To champion its culinary heritage, Megève has launched the brand ‘Manger mégevan, manger gourmand’, designed to raise the consumer profile of farm and craft goods produced in Megève and the neighbouring village of DemiQuartier. Producers are obliged to produce and process their quality Megève products locally and sell them directly to the public.
Restaurateurs who have signed up to the charter undertake to offer their customers every day one or more à-la-carte dishes containing at least one local product from Megève. Members are identified by the brand’s cow-head logo. A great way of coming face to face with producers and being sure you’re eating local produce.
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