Do you remember that feeling as a kid when you woke up in the morning and you were going on a field trip?  All the excitement, not knowing what you would see and what the day would bring?  Well, I’m happy to report that the field-trip feeling stays exactly the same no matter what age you are.  This week at school we had the pleasure of going on not one, but two field trips!

On Monday we hopped on the bus and headed to the town of Verdelot, about an hour and a half outside of Paris.  We visited Moulins Bourgeois, the mill which supplies our school with flour.  We visited the modern, working mill and learned how they process the wheat.  (Here are some gratuitous truck photos for all of my family and friends with little boys- Jack, Kellen, Max, Gavin, Jonah- these pictures are for you!)

Then we headed down the road to visit the site of the original mill which was built in the 18th century.  It’s been in the Bourgeois family for four generations.  Over the past decade they’ve been working to restore the machinery from the early 1900s to working order.

Now every time I head to the flour bin before baking I’ll think of the mill and where it all comes from.

For field trip number two, just as the college kids were coming from the bars this morning, we headed to Rungis, the world’s largest market.

The Dream Team (Herat, Wayne and I) walking to school at 3:15am

The market was originally located in the city of Paris at Les Halles (dating back to 1110!)  In the 1960s it moved to Rungis and now employs over 11,000 people and moves 1.4 million tons of products, including fish…

Meat…

Poultry…

Glorious cheese…

Fruits and vegetables…

And a wonderland of flowers…

So even if we couldn’t sit next to each other on the bus, smell the strawberries, gawk at the meat, and slide around the fish market together, I hope this will be like a virtual food field trip and maybe inspire you to take one of your own!

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