A first for LifeinourVan – French Passion stopover on a Snail Farm in NE France
So after yet another frantic dash across country, we crossed the border from Belgium to France and headed last night for Comines… very small rural village with something a little different!
The whole process is entirely without mechanisation and involves hand turning the planks to ensure they grow correctly… whilst the outside cultivation takes less time in the warmer summers where feed is left outside the meadows so the snails can be harvested from the edges of the field by hand..
Apparently snails don’t grow to the left (only right)…. the one in our picture is a 2 in a million chance, but that wasn’t all……we saw albinos, uni-colours, snails from Morocco etc etc
It really was a totally different experience, but one that we loved and it showed the girls just how important it is to respect nature, support agriculture (especially in France at the moment) and also to appreciate your food and where it has come from!
Only Lottie can claim to have eaten one… perhaps we will have to match this feat in the summer when we tour the Gironde & Dordogne…