Organic fruits from Rouge Gorge in Montauban, quality products distributed locally

Rouge Gorge is a small orchard located north of the town of Montauban, nestled between the Aiguillons golf course and the Aveyron river. About ten hectares of apple, pear, kiwi, and a small greenhouse with vegetables. There are also a few buildings, for grading the fruit and storing it in different cold rooms, depending on the shelf life.

Apples in a storage room. © Radio France
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Francis Larroque has been working organically since the 1990s. To preserve his fruits, he uses natural methods, which respect the natural evolution of the fruits. Essential element: put apples and pears that can be stored for a shorter or longer time in different cold rooms, to prevent certain fruits from making others ripen more quickly.

Francis Larroque in the room where the fruits are sorted and graded.  No machines: everything is done by hand.
Francis Larroque in the room where the fruits are sorted and graded. No machines: everything is done by hand. © Radio France
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Respecting the natural conservation of fruit is one of the working principles of this Montalbanese farm.
Respecting the natural conservation of fruit is one of the working principles of this Montalbanese farm. © Radio France
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Full height of Rouge Gorge employees.
Full height of Rouge Gorge employees. © Radio France
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Tarn-et-Garonne is the leading apple producing department in France. “Le orchard du Sud-Ouest”, as it is sometimes called, is an ancestral land of fruit production. Francis Larroque explains the reasons for this specialization.

Young pear trees under a soft winter light.
Young pear trees under a soft winter light. © Radio France
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A few apples that have survived the spoon continue to mature.
A few apples that have survived the spoon continue to mature. © Radio France
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