Welcome to Cette Petite Maison

My name is Carol-Ann and I am a maker and crafter of all kinds of things and with Cette Petite Maison (This Little House) I hope to share a little bit of my life here in the beautiful rural Quercy Blanc area of France and introduce you to some of my neighbours and their wonderful produce.

I am trying a embrace a simpler lifestyle, working towards sustainability so I am offering a small range of items, made, grown and harvested locally by neighbours and friends and I hope that the phrase Products with Provenance resonates.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Introducing Stéphanie’s Saffron.

It takes 150 000 yes, 150 000 flowers harvested by hand, to produce 1kg (2.2 lbs) of Saffron. Production is so labour intensive which explains why Saffron is so expensive commanding €32 000.00 per Kg and why it is called Red Gold.

 The fragile Autumn Crocuses are harvested between October and November, climatic conditions dictate when they start blooming, the bloom lasts between 2 to 3 weeks.

The flowers are usually harvested on warm sunny days when the mornings dew had dried. Once the days harvest is in it is time (with the utmost delicacy) to remove the 3 tiny red stigmas which when dried are the Saffron Strands we use in cooking.

Stéphanie started farming Saffron in 2015 and is very proud of her product, and I am proud to be able to offer it to you as part of the Products with Provenance Range. We have 0.2gms and 0.5gms for sale in the shop and larger quantities are available on request.