Taking a leading role in the conservation of an increasingly rare species was the concept behind the installation of this unique crayfish farm in an old mill at Thonnance lès Joinville. The farm is now a European pilot study and teaching aid in the study of astacus astacus and the science of astacology. It also belongs to the highly rated ‘Bienvenue à la Ferme’ group, aimed at promoting farm tourism.
The lakes and ponds are situated opposite the hatcheries where these little freshwater crustaceans (cousin to the lobster) thrive in the well oxygenated, unpolluted waters.
Increasing popular with prestigious restaurant chefs, prepared crayfish are recommended by the Ferniot-Hachette Great Products guide (2005) and was awarded the ‘Coq d'Or’, top prize in the 2012 Guide des Gourmands (Good Food Guide).