The south-west of France is regarded by many (including the French), as the gastronomic heart of the nation. With abundant fresh local produce and traditional cooking methods, regional fare has risen in reputation and popularity. La Vieille Grange is located within easy reach of renowned food markets such as Sarlat and Souillac where you can stock up on local produce and ingredients.
Nothing beats the crack of a good creme brulee.
Local cheeses make for a delicious end to a meal.
Beans cooked in the drippings of roasted duck
La Vieille Prune is an eau de vie made in a nearby town.
Magret of duck, at the local duck restaurant, Auberge Cantou
If the season is right, mushrooms are readily available at local markets.
A soft local goats cheese, called “cabecou” is available in most markets, and served in a variety of salads you’ll see in restaurants.
The sweet smell of berries linger in the summer markets, long before you see the bright tubs.
Petites barquettes at Sarlat markets. Many of the stall holders only have a few items from their garden, but all grown and sold with love.
Dried saucisson at the markets in a baffling array of flavors. From duck and cheese to blueberry and pepper, there’s something for every taste!!
The Perigord is world-renowned for the black truffle. The season extends from early November until mid January.
There are few things finer than the proper taste of tomato, and these beauties won’t disapoint.
Seasonal eating is how it’s done around Mercadiol – expect to see vegetables appear and vanish off the market tables as the weather changes.
Whilst some things are best left in France, you can take canned goods back to Australia with you. Much better than a postcard!
Guests often comment on the affordability of favorite champagnes and wines – easily purchased at the nearby supermarket.
Click here to visit the Sarlat Tourism website (opens in new page).