AS THE setting for a spring market I cannot imagine a more naturally magical one than the gardens of La Noyère, the 18th-century manor house set in the vineyards surrounding the village of Mont-sur-Rolle overlooking Lake Geneva.
This is where its owner and founder of the La Noyère Christmas and Spring Markets Anne-Catherine Goetschin will welcome visitors, come rain or come shine — but hopefully shine — on Friday, 16th and Saturday, the 17th of June 2017.
(Please note that the original text for this post was written in 2016, but the dates have been updated to reflect this year’s market.)
Some 15 European artisans of the highest calibre will be on hand to offer creations that will include: refined white ceramics; elegant silver-and-semiprecious stone jewellery; unique and characterful Raku sculptures; delicate paper découpage ‘paintings’; leather sandals, and dresses, for summer; handmade cards; and fine chocolates.
Anne-Catherine, a professional florist, has been hard at work planning, ordering, and in the days running up to the market assembling her own floral arrangements of seasonal flowers, herbs and plants with help from a support team that includes her 83-year-old mother.
If the Christmas market reflects the typical hustle and bustle of that busy season, this market characterises Spring’s peaceful, gentle pace of renewal.
“People know that I’m very selective about who shows their work,” Anne-Catherine tells me. “I have a lot of people who want to come and it’s awfully difficult to choose (among them).
“I really want the artisans to have their own creative line, that they really create themselves. This is very important to me.” She says that the merchandise will be available “en exclusivité” to La Noyère.
Originally, Anne-Catherine’s markets were a one-woman show when she would open the doors of her home in nearby Bugnion, and later, her floral atelier in Morges at Christmas time to give small demonstrations and serve a glass of vin chaud.
This trend continued when she and her family moved into and renovated the present property with its out-buildings — including a former barn that is now a floral atelier — and large central garden at Mont-sur-Rolle 17 years ago.
Then, five years ago, she says she: “had contact with a lot of creative people and I was hearing all the time how difficult it was for them to show their work and to find people interested in buying it. So I decided: I have the energy, I have the place, so I will open my doors (to them here).”
Over five years the Christmas market has grown ever larger, and three years ago it was joined by the Spring version, when Anne-Catherine says: “it’s good just to spend a little time in the garden.”
Add some jazz music and a wine tasting, as is scheduled for Friday from 6pm, and you have the perfect scenario to: “enjoy a private moment and share a good time.”
“For me it’s important to keep this element. It’s not just to work for the gain, it’s more important to share a good moment,” she tells me. She seems to have learned this philosophy from her 83-year old mother and 91-year-old father, who enjoy welcoming visitors to every market.
Culinary and floral design workshops
Sharing a special moment without stress in a private, welcoming environment features prominently at the themed culinary and/or floral design workshops held numerous times a month (save for July and August) at La Noyère.
Small groups (no more than ten people) join Anne-Catherine’s regular collaborator Anne-Claude – or another specialty chef, in the kitchen to prepare a three-course meal, which is then enjoyed in the garden or in the family dining room. Afterwards, under Anne-Catherine’s tutelage in her atelier, participants create the same floral table arrangments that graced their table. Previous experience not required.
English-speakers are also accommodated and if large in number, a special day or evening course can be arranged for them exclusively.
For her workshops, Anne-Catherine says she “likes to work with very specific and amazing things, like garden roses from England. I like ephemeral things because they’re natural. First they’re closed, then open and then they end.”
Sounds like a description of her Spring market, although it’s nice to know the market will open once again the following year.
La Noyère Spring Market and Workshops
Route de la Noyère
185 Mont-sur-Rolle, Vaud
Highway A1 to Rolle, exit 13 towards Gimel
Friday, 16 June; 14h00 – 21h00
Saturday, 17 June; 11h00 – 19h00
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
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