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 father, Florent, set up on the family farm and increased the production of gherkins to meet the demand. He will work for almost 25 years for a famous French industrial group.
But at the beginning of the 2000s, faced with globalisation, all the major specialist industrial groups relocated their production and decided to source their supplies from India. French pickle producers disappeared.
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.
Les cornichons sont cueillis et triés à la main, conditionnés aussitôt sans conservateur.
1 rue Paul Bert
1 rue Paul Bert