Living in Paris has been amazing especially for a city girl like me but sometimes you just need to escape the urban life for a day. La Ferme du Logis (the Farm of Logis) is the perfect place for this. My boyfriend and I stumbled upon La Ferme du Logis online after trying to find a pumpkin patch near Paris. I knew finding anything similar to pumpkin patches in the United States would be nearly impossible so we thought a farm would be a good alternative. Our biggest hurdle was transportation since neither of us had a car. But after calling every family member we knew and offering to bring them back some fruits and veggies, we were finally able to find a car to borrow.
The farm is only about an hour drive from Paris but unfortunately driving is the only way to reach it. We went during autumn which was breathtaking since the roads were lined with thousands of color changing trees on both sides. Upon arrival, we were immediately greeted by rows and rows of apple trees, and in the distance we could see miles of fresh farmland. The farm offers seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers, all of which you can go and cut yourself straight from the garden! They have a list of everything that is allowed to be harvested on their website, so you can check before going.
What we liked most besides being able to pick our produce locally and organically, were the prices. I was absolutely shocked by how much cheaper everything was. In the end we went home with fresh cauliflower, broccoli, blackberries, onions, sweet potatoes, zucchini, spinach, lettuce, apples, and pumpkins for around 20€!
We also left with a huge crate apples since I knew I wanted to make quite a few apple desserts. I came across a recipe for “apple brownies” which is honestly one of the best apple desserts I have ever had. There is no chocolate so I am not sure why it is called apple brownies. Its more of an extremely moist apple cake. None the less I extremely recommend the recipe and used the gala apples from La Ferme de Logis. I loved it so much I made it three times in one week…
We made a few rookie mistakes the first time we went and forgot some important items so here is a little list of what not to forget.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Bags or boxes: (the farm provides some if needed)
- Old shoes or rain boots: (I wore rain boots which were perfect for the super muddy areas)
- Extra pair of shoes: if you do not want to get your car dirty
- Knife or scissors :(you can borrow a knife for the farm by giving your car keys as collateral)
- A tarp: or something to protect the inside of your car
La Ferme du Logis hours of operation will change depending on the season so be sure to check their official website for all important information.