"Lacay" means in patois "duck pond" since we had a pond so that the ducks would not go to the Lot River which passes close to the farm. Our farm (la Ferme du Lacay) was bought by my great-grandfather in the early 1920s. It was then my grandfather who took over the farm and developed the cultivation of pruniers d'Ente to make prunes.
My father took over the farm in the early 90's and we now work together as a family with my mother, sister, father. We are a typical Lot et Garonne farm. On our land orchards of plum trees are cultivated.
They are registered in the "Identification Géographique Protégée" (I.G.P.) (see the definition on the previous page) and certified Organic Agriculture for 7 years. We strive to transform as many plums as possible during the harvest.
Thus, plums that are damaged or too small are transformed to make plum brandy (to be drunk in moderation) with the help of a neighbouring distiller. Then we use the waste to make compost. We are also fortunate to have a river nearby so that we can irrigate our plum trees during heat waves thanks to pumping stations.
We irrigate with the help of small hose reels that we have made on the farm. My grandfather being a handyman, he was able to make these small reels that allow us to irrigate only at the foot of the trees with the quantities we want. We attach great importance to respect for nature and our trees, which is why we have switched to organic farming.
We treat our plum trees with simple and natural products such as clay, which acts as a protective barrier against insects. Our whole family works on the farm full time.
My parents, Patrick and Claire, are in charge of the production and processing of the organic prunes we offer.
My sister, Eva and I manage product sales and communication. With my sister, we studied in the field of commerce to be able to develop direct sales on the farm and thus become independent from the wholesalers in our sector.
Aurélien and Eva
Claire and Patrick