Food marketplaces deals
Organic food in Mouans-Sartoux is made possible by the municipal farm. But this autonomy only concerns organic and local vegetables that are the pride of kitchen teams and guests. For the rest, it is necessary to stock up on the markets.
The municipality divided into thirteen tenders its food market. The first twelve are fully organic, the 13th concerns wild species of non-organic fish. The amount of this contract is approximately 240 000 € each year for a little over 150,000 meals per year. A cost that has been dropping in recent years, thanks to the contributions of the municipal farm of Haute-Combe.
By building the market, the city is also careful to contain its budgets. Purchasing large volumes in bulk rather than portions, looking at the price of food at the time of order (the mercurial), definition of short-term food menus to take advantage of price changes, great attention to seasonality.
The selection criteria do not only focus on the food prices: first 40% go to quality (traceability, maturation and diversity), 30% to price and 30% to environmental value (production, packaging, transport, educational). To give chance local operators to access the market without infringing the right to free European competition, various tips have been devised, such as the possibility of visiting the farm or the processing workshop within a pedagogical framework. Eating 100% organic requires more vigilance and requires good choices at the right time.