Spend time with organic pioneers Organic farms and nature in the Franches-Montagnes of Jura.
The Jura is famous for its many organic farms. For decades, farmers here have been nurturing their produce in harmony with nature. Along “Les chemins du bio” (the organic trails) you can hike to various organic farms and see their work. The network boasts about 30 organic farms. They offer a warm welcome, with farm tours, regional delicacies and accommodation. At Le Peu Girard and Lafleur in the Franches-Montagnes region, for example.
The Franches-Montagnes are in the far west of Switzerland on the border with France. The gently rolling plateau at an altitude of around 1,000m features meadows and forests of spruce and fir. There are several small lakes, ideal for a break.
A farm with much to discover
The Le Peu Girard farm is paradise for animal lovers. It is home to rabbits, chickens, pigs, sheep, cows, dogs, cats and a donkey. Children love it here too. Kathrine happily shows them how to stroke the animals and ride on the donkey. It’s an unforgettable experience!
Delicacies fresh from the farm
Kathrine treats guests to lots of farm produce: milk, fresh yogurt, home-made bread, vegetables and fruit from the garden as well as cheese and salsiz sausages. “I want to introduce guests to the unique flavours of organic food,” she says.
A corner of Canada in Switzerland.
Majestic calm on the Etang de la Gruère lake
Franches-Montagnes is a veritable utopia for outdoor enthusiasts. Enchanted ponds along Les Chemins du Bio are great spots for a picnic and a little rest. For example Etang de la Gruère, a nature reserve and upland moor that can only be reached on foot.
In the land of horses.
The famous Freiberger horses originate from Franches-Montagnes. Hiking trails over expansive meadows give you a chance to see them up close.
Organic pioneer with a mission
Bernard Froidevaux has created organic products on his Lafleur farm «Lafleur» in Montfaucon for more than 40 years. He created Les Chemins du Bio to bring consumers and producers closer together again.
Bernard enjoys showing hikers round his farm. “Guests can immerse themselves in our world and we see a little of theirs.” He wants visitors to see with their own eyes, where their food comes from and how it is made. First-rate organic products are made with passion and perseverance.
Bernard Froidevaux is the last farmer to still create Tête de Moine – the region’s most famous cheese – according to a traditional recipe. This means using only fresh cow milk during the summer grazing period and not heating it above 44°C. At the moment, he is introducing three successors to the art of making traditional Tête de Moine.
Les Chemins du Bio organic trails
The agritourism concept «Les Chemins du Bio» created by organic farmers in the Jura consists of package offers for one- to three-day discovery hikes. There are six hiking offers available to book in the Franches-Montagnes region.