71% of French ski resorts were awarded this criteria
My resort was awarded this logo if:
Fresh local products at reasonable prices are available in the resort. Local farms established on the county’s territory are active and their own products are offered on the market. A cooperative store ensures that fresh and local products are available inside the resort. The resort will also work with the local farmers to maintain the ski runs through grazing arrangements. It may also have farms with the label “Welcome to the farm”.
In the AMAP’s basket !
There are significant benefits related to local farming : to develop producer-to-consumer
schemes to favour local products, to reinforce proximity to consumers and to bring down
GHG emissions due to transportation. There are other assets. For example buying from a
local farmers’ market ensures that we feed ourselves with healthy products and support
local workers. Another alternative is to join an AMAP or association supporting small farming (Association pour le Maintien de l’Agriculture Paysanne).
The AMAP have emerged in France in the 2000’s and became quickly successful. Networks have been created with relays in departments. All the AMAP in France must comply with the AMAP’s Charter, constitution document for the network elaborated in
2003. In practice, an AMAP is :
- for the local producer, a guarantee of income which allows him to continue his farming activity,
- for the consumer, a guarantee of fresh, seasonal and often organic foods produced locally including varieties of vegetables or types of meat,
- a fair price for both of the partners.
To find the nearest AMAP:
And in the mountains ?
The “AMAP des Adrets” in the Grésivaudan was created in May 2011. Each member of the association (there are 22) organize weekly distributions of the product of which he is the referent. Of course, local producers (dairy products, beef, eggs, rabbits, chicken, lens, flour, bread, etc.) are privileged.
What makes AMAP des Adrets original ?
There is no fixed basket, everyone orders from the referent the product he/she wants on a website for members. Note! Concerning summer fruits, the AMAP des Adrets joined “Les AMAPs du Grésivaudan” and is looking for an apple and pear producer.