For a selection of incredible edibles and gifts — especially for foodie friends — be sure to get over to the annual holiday warehouse sale at Houston’s The French Farm, located in the Heights at 916-B West 23rd St. The French Farm is owned by Gisele Oriot, who came to Texas 20 years ago from France. The thing she missed most about France was the high quality gourmet food products she was used to there (including “jams, Fleur de Sel, Dijon, and truffle products”), so in 1997 she founded The French Farm to bring those products here. The demand for her products grew, and now The French Farm sells to restaurants and retailers nationwide. New this year is the ability to purchase from The French Farm online year-round.
Every year around the holidays, the French Farm holds a series of Open Warehouse days. The first two sale dates have already passed, but don’t worry if you missed them — there are 3 more sale days left: December 11, 12, and 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During the sale, all products are 10% off the regular retail price, plus you get an extra 10% off when you purchase a case of any item. There are also some great bargains on overstock items.
Upon entering the warehouse, a lovely assortment of cheeses and honeys is set out for sampling, which adds to the anticipation of perusing the warehouse shelves.
And oh my, those shelves are loaded with goodies! There are honeys and jams of every kind imaginable:
Vinegars and oils:
As well as a mind-boggling assortment of mustards, condiments, salts, pastas, confits, pates, and spices, just to name a few. There was also a large assortment of olive wood bowls, utensils, and cheese boards, as well as sleek Jean Dubost Laguiole knives and cutlery:
The area of the warehouse where I linger the longest is the tea towels. These are the most gorgeous towels I have ever seen. Made of 100% cotton, I swear, they’re pretty enough to frame.
If you are looking for unique gifts, or perhaps just in the mood to treat yourself this holiday season, don’t miss this sale!