Verteillac and grapes

Lalinde Marché des fleurs

Cheri at Lalinde Marché des fleurs

One of our other ‘ sidelines ‘ is selling outdoor furniture. We import from Italy a range of wrought iron tables and chairs made by RetiGritti in Lombardie. They produce products for a wide range of price points but we only stock their premium range which is coated with an anti rust treatment called cataforésé, the same system used for treating car bodies. We also import a range of marble and wrought iron bistro tables. Apart from selling from our property, we promote and sell at many of the village markets & brocantes. It’s a delightful way to spend some time and a reasonably effective way to get some sales.

Verteillac Sunday Brocante

This Sunday I went to Verteillac, a delightful village about 20 minutes north of Riberac on the way to Angôuleme. On the first weekend of every month they host a brocante. We have to be there by 06:30 to set up for the day, once you are in place it’s impossible to leave ( you are blocked in by other traders ) before the market closes, usually around 17:00 or 18:00 so it’s a long day with approx 1.5 hours drive each way. This Sunday was a good day with a huge amount of interest and discussions that will hopefully lead into a few sales. Surprising for the beginning of autumn ! We had 3 very heavy rain storm / squalls rush through drenching many of our fellow store holders stock. A lady next to me lost her complete table of china when a gust of wind twisted her ‘ sun ‘ umbrella and pushed the table over, on my other side a lady with 100’s of pieces of beautiful 2nd hand linen ended up with boxes of sodden stock….lucky for us, our rust treated outdoor furniture stood the test !!!

Saturday was our harvest day ( not that we have a big plantation ) and from our modest mix of green and black vines we harvested around 60 kilo of beautiful sweet grapes. To help ease the burden of 60 kilo of grapes we put a table piled high with fruit on the footpath offering free grapes to any passing citizens and were able to give away 50 odd kilo and the rest Cheri put through the juicer and made into juice…talk about a sugar hit, definitely NOT for diabetics.

Some of our grape harvest, Sept 2011

The juice was the most intense muscat flavour, we think our white grapes are a mix of semillon and chasselas and the red grapes perhaps merlot.


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