Switzerland: Best Source of Tomatoes in Lake Geneva/France Region

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by Jonell Galloway

Sandrine and Olivier Chapuis
1037 route des Mermes
74140 Veigy-Foncenex
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 94 84 09

Sandrine and Olivier Chapuis in Veigy-Foncenex in France are the great specialists of juicy, full-flavored tomatoes in the Geneva area. They grow between 20 and 30 different varieties every year. There are yellow, orange, green, tiger stripe, red: a cornucopia of color and as sweet as fruit (of course they are fruit, technically speaking).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The market is flowing with oodles of summer vegetables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chapuis also have the widest range of wild greens and mescluns I’ve seen in Geneva.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also buy directly from them in Veigy-Foncenex, but Sandrine prefers that you call beforehand because she is not always there. After all farmers have to work in the fields sometimes!

They produce all the produce they sell in the farmers market, so you can be sure that is both fresh and local. Sandrine, or “Sabi,” as she is nicknamed, has lots of great recipes in her head for every product she sells.

Since their fields are scattered out in various places, she prefers customers to tell her what they want, and she will have it ready for them when they come to pick it up. The best time is Tuesday or Friday between 4 and 8, or any other evening on appointment. The Chapuis are trying to set up a system for opening every evening, but are awaiting authorization from city authorities regarding parking, since they are right off the route nationale.

First cherry tomatoes already in the farmers market. Photo courtesy of Scott Howden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments
  • Elatia Harris
    August 13, 2012

    Swiss tomatoes! This is a new category for me, and I love it!

    • Jonell Galloway
      August 14, 2012

      Swiss tomatoes are actually excellent. We don’t have long hot summers like in the American South or California, but the tomatoes sometimes last well into October, since the climate is very mild in Geneva.

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