Above: Culinary garden at La Maison d’à Côté

The French often refer to theLoire Valleyas “the garden of France,” in recognition of the superb produce grown there. Almost everything thrives in the valley’s rich soil and gentle climate. In and around the town of Saumur, however, is France’s most important mushroom-producing region, with dozens of farms in natural limestone caves.

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Above: Culinary garden at La Maison d’à Côté

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