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After two editions disrupted by the pandemic, the Caves Ouvertes Vaudoises 2022 are finally getting back to their traditional Whitsunday event. On 4-5 June 2022, more than 200 winegrowers are waiting for you over another long weekend that promises to be very colorful throughout the canton. A unique opportunity to taste the latest vintage just out of the cellar and to discover the extraordinary richness of Vaud's vineyards. Thanks to the partnership with Vaud Promotion, the latter will be able to offer a selection of VAUD+ certified local products to their guests if they wish.


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We finally got the information that some strawberries are finally available to pick at the following locations. Local farms will be heaving with fresh produce soon. Opening dates for self-pick farms vary according to the availability of ripe fruits. Please check with individual sites before going. We will update this article as we get new information.

Strawberries are in season right now so take advantage of picking your own! Here are a few farms that have a u-pick strawberry system. Make sure to bring your own containers to some of the places. Some carry other seasonal items such as rhubarb, aparagus, tomatoes, and lettuce. 

** La Fraisière Feuillasse
10, rte H.-C. Forestière
1217 Meyrin (GE)
022 782 90 58
Strawberries available from 20 May 2022. Open daily 8h-18h30. Their FaceBook page is more up-to-date on daily produce.

** Self-Fruits Perroud
Rte de Rombuet 148
1616 Attalens
079 660 33 65
Early June: Basic schedule for strawberries: 8h30-11h30 and 15h-17h weather-permitting and what fruit is still available or ripe. Rhubarb is in season right now too. During the days and hours when the strawberries are open, someone from the farm will welcome you at the car park or at the cash desk. Thank you for respecting the instructions. Go to the checkout to weigh (tare) the empty containers.
The guide will show you where to pick.


Post tenebras lux*!

After the darkness, the light! Saturday, 21 May 2022, is the return of the Open Cellar Day in the Geneva countryside where more than 70 wineries invite you to discover their wines in a warm and convivial way!

Quality on the agenda
Geneva, the third largest wine-producing canton in Switzerland, enjoys a special situation with its three specific regions:

  • Le Mandement,
  • The regions between "Arve and Rhône" (Lully, Bernex, Soral, etc.)
  • The regions between "Arve and Lake" (Jussy, Anières, Gy, etc.)

On Saturday, 21 May 2022, more than seventy wineries of the canton will welcome the population in order to present the astonishing 2021 vintage and the vintages aged in barrels of the excellent 2020. This day of discoveries will also be an opportunity to take a magnificent walk in the Geneva countryside, to pass from village to village and to discover these three regions, each of which has its own character.

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When we found out about this amazing entrepreneurial develpment for migrants and refugees, we needed to know more and have caught up with Hélène Bayeux, Executive Director IFPD (Fondation Internationale pour la Population et le Développement), to hear how it all started.

She explains: As the Director of the IFPD foundation that focuses on social entrepreneurship and micro-business for the most vulnerable abroad, it appeared important to me to also reveal the talents of migrants and refugees in Switzerland and create the conditions of success of their businesses. In partnership with the local institutions (EVAM, Hospice General) that support migrants in Lausanne and Geneva, we have launched Alter Start to help those in precarious situations. We empower our project holders to use their competencies developed in their home countries to establish a microenterprise to reduce their dependence on social aid.

Within the first two years, we recognized that 40% of our project holders were motivated to create a micro-business linked to the food industry yet they faced several obstacles including access to a professional kitchen and training by a professional chef. We launched the catering Alter Star Food to support the practical and professionalization of their activities as a springboard and platform reuniting these projects with access to clients, administration support, and most importantly, training and supervision by a professional chef Jerome Binder, in a professional kitchen.

Have you been working on this idea forever, or was it something that came to you recently?
The idea was floating around for a while and made itself apparent during the 30th celebration of the IFPD foundation at the Le Rosey. For that event, we engaged the chef who worked with our project holders, and they all worked together as a team serving a cocktail dînatoire. The team spirit, the mix of flavours, and the positive feedback from the 400+ guests convinced us that this is the direction we need to go.


Another creative local that Know-it-all Marketplace would like to present to our readers, as the shop will not be taking place this year (stay tuned, though)..., is MonThé in Sainte-Croix. Brigitte Jan Gammuto participated in the last two editions with much success and her tea blends with Christmas spices were a real hit. We wanted to highlight her story.

What was your inspiration?
I started because I have always loved tea. Passionate about China, Feng Shui, its philosophy and the benefits of tea, I decided to take on this new professional challenge over 10 years ago.

Did this idea come to you recently?
After 25 years in express transportation, the last 12 years it has been a new reconversion. I have always enjoyed drinking tea. There is a real culture around tea, where it is grown, how it is dried, blended, brewed, and served. The flavors and health benefits have always convinced me that it was a great combination.

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