We’re often asked where is the best place to buy cider. The obvious answer and most convenient place to buy is actually a supermarket, where there is always a wide choice of Normandy “cidre bouché de Normandie”, locally produced Normandy cider in wire-corked bottles. Among the mass-produced stuff you can almost always find some “cidre artisanale” produced by local farms.
But for those who like to buy direct from the producer, there are also plenty of cider farms selling direct to the public. However, you may have to be careful what time you choose to visit. As an example, the Verger de la Vallée (at “Les Rues”, Larré 61250, Orne) is open Saturday and Sunday mornings and is currently selling cider at 2.20€ per bottle and apples at 0.90€ a kilo.
For a half day visit we recommend the Hermitière at La Cour, which has an exhibition and, last Sunday of October, public demonstrations of cider making. Open every day from April to end of October, morning and afternoon (closed for lunch).
Other producers selling direct to the public nearby include:
- La Coursure – 72130 Assé-le-Boisne – cider and juice from the farm, Friday afternoons
- le SECQ, Régis, le Buhot, 61500 Sées – cider and apple juice, Monday to Saturday
- La Basse Lande, 72170 Ségrie – organic cider, beer and juice from the farm, Friday 6.00pm to 8.00pm
- GOUELLO, Emmanuel et Alexandra, La Fosse, 61390 Teillères le Plessis – cider sold from the farm, daily