My foodie- friend just sent this information with an ever so subtle hint, “Only 23 more shopping days until my birthday!” Gotta admit- it sounds like a great idea.
Adopt a Truffle Oak and gain not only the exciting possibility of your own truffles but also a piece of tranquil French woodland and a gateway to the Cuisine, Countryside and Culture of Le Gers.
A truffle oak makes a wonderful present for a gourmet, a francophile or anyone with a love of the countryside. It can produce truffles for up to fifty years while costing no more than a three-star Michelin meal lasting a couple of hours.
After visiting on Parents Day, your tree can be the stepping stone to discovering the area of Le Gers, in South West France, known mainly for its Foie Gras, Gascony wines and Armagnac. Le Gers has been called “France’s secret garden,” with its gently rolling landscape and fields overflowing with sunflowers, maize, numerous vineyards, and oak woods full of mushrooms, and soon, hopefully, truffles.
Here’s how it works:
THE TRUFFLE TREE ADOPTION PROGRAM
The idea is simplicity itself. The adopter makes an initial payment reflecting a share of the cost of establishing the truffière, planting the tree and care for the first year. Then in subsequent years there is a ‘maintenance’ charge to cover such items as irrigation, weed control, harrowing, pruning and ultimately harvesting.
Adopters may choose between the evergreen oak, Quercus ilex, and the white, deciduous oak, Quercus pubescens. Your tree stands in a 20 sqm plot (4m x 5m) and each adopter will own all the truffles harvested in their area. You can elect to have your truffles mailed to you or we shall be happy to sell them on your behalf and send you a cheque at the end of the season. If you want to spread your risk a little, you can choose to pool your truffles with others making the same election. Each adopter will receive a picture of their tree and a certificate and your tree will have a plaque bearing your name. Regular newsletters containing latest news of developments in the truffière and details of events in Le Gers, will be posted on the website and e-mailed or mailed to all owners.
For pricing go to their website.
By Vagablond’s Token Redhead.