Les Jardins de Courances
The walled vegetable garden of Courances was brought back to life only three years ago after decades of dormancy under an alfalfa covering. Initiated and supervised by Valentine de Ganay, it is certified organic (AB) since January 2015. Its 7 acres of fertile soil are located on the outskirts of the park at the exit of the village in the direction of Milly-la-Forêt.
Antoine Berthelin, from the Rosendal gardens in Stockholm, resurrected the chateau’s walled garden in 2013. Now Bérenger and Lukas form the team who has taken up the challenge of increasing and diversifying the production in the garden and additonal fields. A wide array of colourful and tasty fruit and vegetables, edible flowers and medicinal herbs now grows in the Jardins de Courances throughout the seasons.
Fresh products and preserves from the vegetable garden, as well as organic groceries and beverages can be bought in the farm shop located in the heart of the village, open throughout the year except January on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm plus in summer and autumn on Fridays from 5 to 8 pm.
Les Jardins de Courances also supplies Parisian gourmet food shops and restaurants such as Terroirs d’Avenir and A mère. Inspired chefs, already prestigious or on their way to fame, such as Yannick Alléno and Maurizio Zillo, have prepared diners at la Foulerie, the tea house overlooking the Japanese garden in the park, and make good use of our fresh organic fruits and vegetables, flowers and herbs, in their menus.