Festivals in the High Corbieres

Association Hautes-Corbières Gourmandes have announced their 2014 calender of local festivals in the high Corbieres.

Saturday 3rd  May Marché aux fleurs à Félines-Termenès 10h-18h
Lovely little flower and plant market, lots of organic vegetables, herbs as well as a bbq, bar and artisan products.
Thursday 10 July Marché gourmand nocturne à Massac 17h-23h
Evening market and bbg
Jeudi 7 August Marché gourmand nocturne à Vignevielle 17h-23h
Evening market and bbg
Jeudi 21 August Marché gourmand nocturne à Bouissse 17h-23h
Evening market and bbg
Samedi 6 Septembre Foire Agricole et des savoir faire à Mouthoumet
Opens at 10am all day- well until the rain starts
Dimanche 1 Devember March de Noel à Laroque de Fa 10h-17h
Sweet all day Christmas market in the Foyer, complete with Father Christmas- Dave Washington- lunch, choir in the afternoon.


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Guided nature walk in the High Corbieres

guided naturalist walk

guided naturalist walk

The guides are Mathiu Vaslin, a passionate nature lover whoi also raises goats and makes organic lovely goat’s cheese, and Laurie Beaufils, a botanist with a speciality in the nature of Les Corbieres.

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Soil Association Organic Market Report 2014

The UK’s Soil Association latest Organic Market Report, published March 2014, reveals that sales of organic products in the UK grew by 2.8% in 2013, a decisive return to growth after four years of contraction.


Key findings

Steady growth

  • Sales of organic products in the UK grew by 2.8% in 2013
  • The UK organic market is now worth £1.79billion in sales
  • The rate of growth was above the annual inflation rate of 2%
  • Growth has been particularly strong in the dairy sector (+4.4%): organic milk sales grew by 3.4% and yoghurt sales by 7%
  • Sales of organic vegetables increased by 3.4%, while meat, fish and poultry sales grew by 2.2%

Independent retailers

  • Sales through independent retailers increased by 6.9% to nearly £10million a week – their highest level since 2008
  • Sales through box-schemes, independent online shops and other home-delivery outlets increased by 11%

Multiple retailers

  • Supermarket sales grew by 1.2% – the first increase since 2009*
  • The strongest growth was seen by Ocado (+10.4%) and Waitrose (+6.5%). Sainsbury’s is the UK’s biggest organic retailer, with sales of its own-label organic range up 7%


  • Catering and restaurant sales rose by 10%, thanks to the success of the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark and demand from high-street chains, such as McDonald’s and Pret A Manger, for organic milk, tea and coffee

Health and beauty

  • Sales of organic health and beauty products grew by 17% in 2013 to £37.2 million
  • The number of Soil Association symbol holders increased by 12.5% to 135


  • The UK’s leading certifier of organic products to Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS), saw the turnover of its 73 textile symbol holders increase by 36% in 2013
  • Much of this growth was export-led, but the UK market for organic cotton is estimated to have grown by around 10%


  • Defra reports that producer and livestock numbers and the UK’s organic land area decreased in the year to December 2012 – the most recent period for which UK-wide data are available
  • In July 2013 the UK’s organic land area was reported to be 606,000 hectares (based on Defra data to the end of 2012)
  • The area of land under organic management is greater than the combined areas of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, and constitutes 3.5% of the agricultural land area
  • Numbers of organic producers and processors fell by 6.3% to 6,487
  • Financial comparisons show that organic farm businesses were more stable and slightly more profitable than their comparable non-organic counterparts between 2006 and 2012. See the Soil Association report Organic farming: How it stacks up

Download the report

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(À partir du 30 Mai)

De 17h à 21h

Parking de la supérette

Buvette et Restauration sur place.

Professionnels : inscription sur courtcircuitencorbières @ gmail.com

Marche Paysan laroque de fa

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2014 Organic Plant Catalogues now out

Our Guide to our 2014 organic aromatique plants and vegetable garden plants is now online- beware its in French but there are lots of pretty photos to help you along

Organic Herbs see  Plantes aromatiques bio 2014

Organic Vegetable see  Plantes Potager bio 2014

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Fete du Romarin Opoul Perillos 16th March

Fete du Romarin Opoul Perillos

Fete du Romarin Opoul Perillos

The annual Rosemary Festival in Opoul Perillos in the Pyrennes Oriental. 16th March from 9am until around 4pm.

Local produce sellers, expositions, talks, entertainment for children, a lunch menu including rabbit with Rosemary, and of course an organic aromatic plant seller with an accent that most certainly is not Catalan.

Hope to see you there.

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Le cochon respectable Saturday 22nd March

Slow Food ‘Workshop’ Le cochon respectable

On pourra partager avec des producteurs de porc de plein air leur réflexion sur ce mode d’élevage porcin si favorable à la fois à la qualité des produits, à l’environnement et au bien-être animal. Seront présents Cathy Vassail (éleveuse plein air à Mosset) et Bernard Bonzom (éleveur plein air à Serdinyà) ; également, Hadewych, une future éleveuse plein air en cours d’indstallation . On pourra déguster quelques charcuteries de porc plein air, avec un peu de vin. Le projet de filière Porc Plein Air Catalan, qui veut clarifier le flou régnant autour des charcuteries dites catalanes, sera présenté pour la première fois au public à cette occasion. Les charcuteries seront accompagnées de vin bio du Domaine du Vieux Génévrier.

Inscription : 5€

tel : 06 26 57 24 54

mail : jean-raymond.fons@orange.fr

lieu :

Casa del bon menjar

Ancienne école

Château Roussillon (ancienne route de Canet – Perpignan)

quand : le samedi 22 mars de 10h à 12h

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I thought I was done with all that Sales rubbish

So I did learn some useful stuff in all those years flogging ad space.

More Photos from the Slow Food Roussillon Market hereslowfood2slowfood1

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Slow Food Roussillon Press coverage


A superb day, well organised, great media relations, wonderful people.

…and lots and lots of lovely clients. Came home a happy man with an empty car.slowfood

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Petit Marché Slow Food Roussillon 2nd March

Le dimanche 2 mars 2014 de 9h30 à 17h30 à Château Roussillon, Slow Food Roussillon organise le premier Petit Marché Slow Food

=> 20 producteurs locaux (les 2/3 certifiés bio)

=> des animations pour les enfants le matin et l’après-midi

=> possibilité de « casse-croûter

» sur place les mets vendus par les producteurs

=> pot-au-feu de vache de race des Albères

=> animation musicale : troupe l’Avant-bras Présence d’associations oeuvrant pour une agriculture et une alimentation meilleures :

=> AMAP Palais du vert : portes-ouvertes et simulation de distribution de panier

=> boutique paysanne « Oh ! Délices paysans »

=> Slow Food Roussillon : portes ouvertes, animations (Top chef enfants)

=> les rancios secs du Roussillon (sentinelle Slow Food) :

dégustation Une tombola et des paniers à gagner (partenariat avec France Bleu Roussillon)

Plaisirs du goût, consommation responsable :


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