All the signs of a beautiful spring have come out across the Riviera.  We have taken advantage of the beautiful weather to get a head start on planting our vegetable garden.

We followed this up with a visit to our friends Daniel and Denise Vuillon’s gorgeous AMAP (Associations pour le maintien d’une agriculture paysanne) Les Olivades.  (check out the video of our visit last year).  This year we decided to get all our tomatoes, herbs and vegetables from them.  How lucky we are!  The products are exceptional.

This year, we are planting 22 varieties of tomatoes from Daniel.  Among them are the amazing Pineapple variety of yellow tomatoes we made our gaspacho with last year, many green, white and black varieties.

Daniel also gave us a local variety of squash that is currently being re-introduced, the St. Jean.  The local “Soupe au pistou” is made from this squash, and we can’t wait to give it a try this summer.

We also planted tomatillos, cucumbers and eggplant to have fun with this summer.  Many of these varieties were sourced from Seed Savers, a California based seed bank of heirloom varieties, we also have a few of their own hybrids that we are super excited about.

Our hearty thanks to Daniel and all our friends at the AMAP Les Olivades.  If you would like to read the story (in French only for now) check out Denise Vuillon’s lovely book on their incredible journey.

We took advantage of the full moon on the sixth of April to plant our new sprouts and are super excited to cook with them in a few months!




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