A lot of you in Paris may already know about La Ruche Qui Dit Oui.
But did you know that you can get kale through them as well? Yes, it’s true!
The first great thing abou La Ruche (and their overall concept) is that you are buying direct from local producers. Not only are there vegetables but local cheese, mushrooms, wine, fish, etc. And it’s places close to Paris.
The second great thing about La Ruche is that it’s a combo of a CSA and your typical French outdoor market. You order online up to a few days before the actual pick-up and depending on if each farmer has enough orders, you will get an email the day before pick-up telling you exactly what you’re able to receive. Just bring your market bag or caddy and pick-up your local produce!
Plus Le Comptoir General is a really cool space for a coffee before or after your Saturday morning market pick-up.
So as for the kale at this ruche, it is grown by an organic (certified) farmer, Nicolas Thirard, located 110km north of Paris. As usual, while explaining The Kale Project, he had the same confused reaction that every other farmer has. I just come across as the weird American girl who has an obsession with a vegetable that is unknown in France.
And to add to the never-ending question around What exactly is kale in French? This farmer has added to the confusion and decided to call it chou plume. Feather cabbage – I must admit it’s quite cute. If you Google chou plume, photos of kale appear which is a positive sign considering photos of chou frisé just lead to that little bugger savoy cabbage. So let’s just call this farmer Monsieur Plume.
I’ve yet to truly participate in La Ruche since I was heading back to the states right before my visit. Do any of you already belong to La Ruche? Do you head to the 10ème or one of their other locations?
And have you found kale or excuse me, chou plume at your local ruche?
La Ruche Qui Dit Oui
Le Comptoir General
2nd and 4th Saturday of each month
*Must register for free to begin participating