Anne likes a challenge - in this case growing saffron ... in Picardy (!) This lovely mauve flower appears overnight and only lasts 24 hours. An unusual visit during which you can discover the 'red treasure' of the Baie de Somme ... and tasty too: saffron cordial, saffron biscuits ...
Marie-Laure and François have revived this old family brewery which closed its doors in 1880. Sample (but with moderation) some of the traditional ales invented by François, notably La Germinette, a characterful pale ale (a best seller). Tours on 1st Saturday of the month, 5pm.
Not far from Amiens (just 10km to the north), the Cueillette de Saint-Gratien (pick your own farm) will delight all those who don't have a garden. Fill up with fruits and garden vegetables. Take one of the wheelbarrows supplied and pick your own - strawberries, apples, radishes, lettuce, beans ...
The Ferme d'Antan is a real traditional farm (built in 1880!), on the model of late 19th century Picardy farms. Children love seeing the animals and taking care of them - horses, cows, rabbits, pigs and goats running free. Try some Picardy games after a pony ride or horse-drawn carriage trip.
South of Amiens, "Au Fil de l'Angora" is a farm breeding angora rabbits - (very) furry animals - and not something you see everyday. Of course, famous angora wool is produced here. Odile can tell you all about the extraordinary way in which this wool is produced. Shop selling unique items.
19th century farm buildings at centre of the village. This is the place to find out about flower growing: annuals, geraniums, chrysanthemums, perennials... Enjoy a tea-time treat based on flowers: marigold petal cake, nasturtium fritters, geranium flavoured madeleines!
In a leafy setting near the sea come and see this wonderful collection of donkeys. You can pet the farm animals and tour the hatching room! Expo péda, nature walk or longer trek with a donkey in area suitable for relaxing, discovery and observation. Guided or unaccompanied tours.
A goat farm waiting to be discovered. All of the milk produced by the herd is turned into delicious specialities: fromage blanc, mature 'crottins' (small round cheese called Le Bicottin), goat's cheese pasties, tomme... at the end of the tour visitors get to sample some of these delights.
A truly unusual visit during which you can find out about the French national dish (snails), their anatomy, predators, life in snail beds .... and youngsters can watch the puppet show featuring Phil the Snail! Don't miss the shop selling snail saucisson and tapenade (yes, not joking).