Marc is the name of my grandfather. He was born in 1923 in Chemilly-sur-Yonne, a small town in Burgundy.
In the 1950s, Marc works in the family farm. As most families in this small district of Burgundy, he sells home-grown gherkins to local canned-food producers.
In the days before refrigeration gherkins were grown to be pickled and preserved beyond the season. Later, pickled gherkins or ‘cornichons’ in French will turn into an actual industry and the region will count more than 35 official gherkins farmers.
In 1975, my dad, Florent takes over the farm and further expands our business to meet the growing demand for cornichons.
In 2009, in the face of globalisation, the main manufacturer of cornichon, Amora-Maille, shuts down its production sites in Burgundy and decides to source its ingredients in India where manpower is cheaper and pesticides legislation less stringent. Gherkin farmers lost most of their business overnight. The tradition of gherkins farming slowly disappears.
Well determined to save our family business and the tradition of French gherkins, my dad soon becomes the last gherkins farmer and looks for opportunities abroad, adapting to new markets.
In 2012, I take over the family business building on the vision that my dad and grandfather had.
I strongly believe there is a demand for premium cornichons “made in France” and decide to launch our own production.
We built our own facilities here in Burgundy to fully control the production and quality of our products. We manage each step in our process from farming to distribution.
Our brand, Maison Marc is born.
Our farming practices haven’t changed in decades. We promote sustainable agriculture and use methods that protect our health and our environment. We grow our products naturally without use of herbicides or pesticides. All our products are hand-picked and immediately bottled without preservatives.
The gherkins are picked and sorted by hand, packaged immediately without preservatives.
1 rue Paul Bert
1 rue Paul Bert