Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Our Secret is Our Dedication

Our View

 Anse aux Herbes is not only a spectacular cove on the Île du Cap-aux-Meules that produces the herbs you taste in our oils, spices and teas, it is the hard work and dedication of Nouane and Alain Lapierre. We pick wild sea parsley when it's full and ready to be dried and grow our other herbs and plants biodynamically.

What are biodynamic agricultural methods? As stated on Wikipedia:
Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that treats farms as unified and individual organisms, emphasizing balancing the holistic development and interrelationship of the soil, plants and animals as a self-nourishing system without external inputs insofar as this is possible given the loss of nutrients due to the export of food. As in other forms of organic agriculture, artificial fertilizers and toxic pesticides and herbicides are strictly avoided.
Our oils and herbs are not only graced with salty sea air, ocean rains, and pure soil, but also with our tender loving care!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Old World Traditions in the 21st Century

The Magdalen Islands are the tiny, red dot on the map above. We are an archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence where our unique inhabitants, both Francophone and Anglophone, have lived for over 300 years.

Our herb farm and bed-and-breakfast L'Anse aux Herbes or The Herbal Cove is located in the enchanting site of the Belle Anse, renowned for its beautiful sunsets over cliff and sea.

In summer, our herb gardens and medicinal plants grow all around us and enhance the character of our beautiful 12-acre site. All our crops and processing steps are done the traditional and organic way, with the greatest respect for the environment.

Our herbs not only smell and taste wonderful, but also lead to a healthier life. A delight for your senses, the aromatic and medicinal plants grown on the islands treat many ailments, and mix wonderfully with massage oils, ointments and soaps.