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Would like to visit a Foie Gras farm near Paris

christopherchen520 Jul 6, 2012 06:23 PM

I have been very unsuccessful in looking to take a tour of a foei gras farm near Paris. Is there a link or a farm any of you can recommend in order to do so?

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  1. PhilD RE: christopherchen520 Jul 6, 2012 07:05 PM

    The Île-de-France is not really renowned for it's Foie Gras. It is mainly produced in Perigord and other areas that are some way from Paris. Thus is may be a fruitless quest unless you want to hop on a train for a couple of hours.

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      Parnassien RE: PhilD Jul 6, 2012 11:59 PM

      Quite agree. Never heard of --and can't imagine there would be-- any in the Paris region. The closest are probably in Normandy, especially the Calvados region. Even if you can locate one, I doubt if any of the farms are geared for tours.

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      Ptipois RE: christopherchen520 Jul 7, 2012 12:02 AM

      The closest to Paris that you'll find will be in Haute-Normandie, a region that has a long experience of duck breeding. Thus they had no trouble producing very nice foie gras about twenty years ago. The first producers were in Eure and Seine-Maritime, now there are some in Basse-Normandie as well.

      They often season their foie gras with pommeau or a bit of calvados which is a pairing made in heaven.

      There are good producers in Pont-l'Evêque http://bit.ly/Ma7hEd , near Livarot http://bit.ly/PtTJdw and in the Eure http://bit.ly/PtTYFk - you can fine some products at the Clos Saint-Marc market in Rouen during the weekends.

      The Southwest certainly does not have a monopoly on foie gras. Think of Alsace. And there are actually foie gras producers in Ile-de-France (Essonne, Yvelines).

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        Parigi RE: Ptipois Jul 7, 2012 01:02 AM

        I have been to a foie gras farm in Blennes between Fontainebleau and sens, Auberge des Trois Canards in the village of Villemaugis. I think it is still considered to be Ile-de-France, but is quite near Nemours.
        Many foie gras farms in the Southwest welcome visits, especially during the feeding process, quite possibly to show that the process is labor-intensive but not cruel. Although I have had dined (very well) at the Auberge des Trois Canards, I have never visited the farm (sure heard the quack-quack-quacking. I don't know if it does visits. The best bet is to make a reservation for a meal (the restaurant part is open on the weekend only; don't forget it's a farm, a real one), and ask if it is ok for you to come earlier and stay later to take a look at the farm.

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          Ptipois RE: Parigi Jul 7, 2012 07:31 AM

          In my experience, many farms accept visits if you call them some time ahead, even when they do not organize visits as a rule. If someone is really interested in the production process, they are happy to show it.

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        christopherchen520 RE: christopherchen520 Jul 7, 2012 07:30 PM

        Thank you everyone! I've never been to france so this is all very much appreciated. Auberge Des 3 canards looks very nice! I will consider this!

        I'm also going to be in the Tours, France area. Is this closer to the farms?

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          Ptipois RE: christopherchen520 Jul 7, 2012 11:52 PM

          Not to the ones in Normandy but it would be possible to drop by one of the farms in the Essonne or Seine-et-Marne on your way down to Touraine. Locating things on Google maps gives a better idea.

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            Parigi RE: christopherchen520 Jul 8, 2012 12:33 AM

            You can see on a map that Tours and Normandy and Blennes make a triangle of 3 different directions.
            According to Google map, the drive between Blennes and Tours is 2 hour 48 minutes.

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              christopherchen520 RE: Parigi Jul 8, 2012 12:47 AM

              I know that...I was referring to the fact that's many mentions of farms in the southwest was made. I wondered if tours was southwest enough or not yet

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                Parigi RE: christopherchen520 Jul 8, 2012 12:58 AM

                By southwest one usually means Dordogne, the Lot, the Landes, around there, which is 3, 4 hours at least south of the Tours

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                  christopherchen520 RE: Parigi Jul 8, 2012 01:12 AM

                  Ooh! Thanks for the clarification

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