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Farming

Agricultural tradition


Farming is still a main activity on the island. Numerous traditional farms engage in mixed farming and livestock farming,

The type of soil and the climate sustain exceptionally high-quality meadows, which are swept by salt- and iodine-laden winds almost throughout the year.
Lambs born and raised on Belle-Île bear the "sea lamb" label. They are allowed to mature in the pastures for at least 60 days. Their meat is of remarkably fine quality, with a delicately salty taste!
The "sea-spray meat" label is a guarantee of quality for beef cuts produced by integrated farming.
Make sure you taste the island's excellent dairy products, including its goat cheeses.
The market gardens produce fine fruit and vegetables, which can be bought either directly from the producers or on the market.

 

Key figures


40 working farms on 3,000 hectares, 13 dairy farmers, 4 market gardeners, 10 lamb producers and 5 beef producers working under the "sea lamb" and "sea-spray beef" labels.

 

"Au coin des producteurs"

is an association formed by a large number of local producers. It markets a range of fresh products that includes eggs, chickens, milk, butter, cream, goats cheese, vegetables, jams and meat. All originate from farms on Belle-Île and are sold through an outlet in Mérézelle.

 

 

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