Is La Fermiere French yogurt worth $4.50 at Cheeseboard? Yeah
It is as light as whipped cream and as satisfying as a triple cream. It has a smooth tang. It is the only yogurt I've ever eaten plain and actually enjoyed. I'm sadly staring at the now empty little earthenware crock it comes in wishing for more.
Occasionally I've read that it is sold at one of those "Made in France" warehouse sales but is snapped up early.
Here's justification ... this site "Why travel to France?" writes about this yogurt as a reason to travel to France. Just think of the price you are saving on a trip there ... $4.50 is a positive. steal.
It was sheer sophistication, elegance and wonderfulness.
While this company has flavored yogurts I think Cheeseboard only sells plain ... IMO, it doesn't need a thing
While Saint Benoit is my favorite local upscale yogurt, it is positively crude compared to La Fermiere.
The best place to buy Saint Benoit though is at Ferry Plaza on Saturday when they have more flavors than are available in most stores and you can get a taste of each.
Although I'd say that even better than Saint Benoit is the Greek Yogurt sold at Crossroads Market in Palo Alto or Hayward. They have big tubs of it. Also pretty good is the Mexican yogurts sold at VERY few local markets. Mi Pueblo and Lola's are the only two places I know of ... and I haven't tried them there. The last place I had Mexican deli yogurt was in Southern Cal at El Tigre.
Have you tried the Strauss Farms European style plain yogurt? They don't go for that hideous gelatinous character that other yogurt makers are convinced Americans require. I love it plain.
When I was in France in the 80s, someone was making a series of flavored yogurts called Fruit & Flowers (Fruits et fleurs). Things like strawberry & rose petal, peach and orange blossom, black raspberries and violets. Oh, they were lovely. And they were that smooth, creamy, thin-set French-style yogurt, such a revelation from the almost solid American style.
For some reason I've never been much of a fan of Strauss Farms even when they were one of the few upscale yogurts in town. I like that there is no junk in it, but taste-wise it never rang my chow bells.
Ohhh ... you make me want to hop on a plane to France ... black raspberries and voilets, rose petal ... sounds wonderful. I'll have to add yogurt to my shopping list in Paris ... need to stock up on the sardines there.
We got some at the Village Imports/Made in France warehouse recently and they only had vanilla. I have no idea if we missed out on other flavors before we got there. They also have other French yogurts that are excellent (Mamie Nova brand, for example), so it's worth going if you really like yogurt.
Made in France/Le Village (Brisbane) usually has it during their warehouse openhouses. Next one is Friday/Saturday November 9th/10th.
Sold in a two-pack of the glazed terracotta "pots" w/ foil lid. $5.89 for the 2-pk (2 x 140gms).
Have seen the Vanilla, Lemon, Honey, and Natural available at the warehouse. Natural is the last flavor to sell out.