Which is better—the yoghurt or the pot?

High on the list of things that banish depression is yoghurt pots. Every summer we splurge on La Fermière yoghurt just to bring home more terra cotta jars. There are a variety of colors depending on the flavor of the yoghurt—blue for vanilla, natural color for unflavored. Inevitably you see them lying about people’s houses, used as containers for those pieces and parts that never belong anywhere else, small vases, or—as is the case chez nous—coffee cups. They are exactly the right size to be cupped in one hand or two, and precisely the right density to warm your hands without burning them. But sometimes, they serve no purpose at all and are just there, because they are so pleasing to the eye.

This is to say nothing of the yoghurt itself which is easily some of the best I’ve ever eaten. Were I an overwrought food critic, the word “sublime” might slip in here somewhere, especially in reference to the vanilla. Or would that be a misplaced response to the loveliness of the blue? I think this is a case of the chicken and the egg. Impossible to say which comes first in a friendly debate about causality or the inherent goodness of things.

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32 Responses to Which is better—the yoghurt or the pot?

  1. anna says:

    What beautiful pots! I can understand collecting them.. this post could almost follow your previous ‘blue’ one…
    I love how such simple objects can be so delightful.
    -A

  2. Simple objects are a good drug.

  3. Vanessa says:

    Where do you get these, I love it!

  4. Hi Vanessa. I just buy the yogurt at the French grocery store. I would think La Fermière yogurt is available all over France but I’m not sure. We’re usually in Burgundy and we buy it at any of several grocery stores there. As I said, the color of the pot changes with the flavor of the yogurt. There’s also a very beautiful apple green… I don’t know where you’re writing from, so I don’t know if you’ll be able to find it. Good luck!

  5. Mselly says:

    I live in Bahrain and am able to buy the plain and the vanilla yoghurts in these gorgeous terracotta pots… soon I will return to live in New Zealand and will be taking a couple of dozen (empty) ones with me to use for all manner of things!

  6. I love this! I have carried things from one part of the world to another for the last 20 years, and I love seeing these reminders of other lives lived. But, Bahrain! Wow…those yogurt pots will have traveled very, very far.

  7. These delightful yoghurts (to which I am mildly addicted, and to the pots in which they come) are also available in Charing Cross station in London. While I can’t remember the name of the shop (not Journey’s Friend but it’s that sort of thing) they’re in the chilled section next to the fridge – about £1.25 each. Glorious yoghurty goodness.

  8. Antony Martin says:

    Have found Le Fermiere yoghurts in The Villa Market, Bangkok – a shade on the expensive side but then it is lovely yoghurt and you get what you pay for! It knocks the other yogs on sale here for six – by comparison all are bland, watery and you play ‘search for the fruit’ games! I agree with other comments, the pots do make you want to buy the product and there is a charm in the simplicity of design – and the old pots are very useful around the house when empty. Classic marketing – constant reminder of the product. Mind you, once you have eaten a quality product it is hard to revert to other lesser brands. Long may Villa Market continue to stock them – must try the vanilla one (haven’t seen this one here as yet). Vive Le Fermiere French Yogurt!

  9. Roz says:

    I found the red ones at the Gourmet Market in Burlingame CA last week. Lemon flavor, divine!

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  11. yesmin says:

    These pots have indeed travel very very far. I have some found at a gourmet market costing SGD$8.90 for 1. I think they only have it in vanilla. I am still very pleased and so in love with la fermière!

  12. Helenm says:

    Judges Bakery in Robertsbridge, East Sussex do them. They all come in the blue at the moment although they were in red pots for Christmas. They stock vanilla, lemon, honey and strawberry and they are all delicious – I’m an addict for the lemon though. I have so many of these pots that I am fast running out of ideas of what to do with them – I use them for chocolate mousse and as wine cups when camping (the terracotta keeps white wine cool in the most blistering heat) but can’t think of anything else to use them for. They’re a little on the small side for flowers and herbs. I guess it might be worth trying out cupcakes in them.

    • Liz says:

      My boyfriend thinks I have a problem! We’ve just arrived home from france and I bought six of these! Two in a bright orange, two in a charcoal and two in a baby blue colour. Whilst I wasn’t bothered about what was in them (I have now changed my mind) I wanted them for my kitchen and to have candles in them (perfect for my colour scheme) – mind you, I’ve never spent nearly a tenner on yoghurt before! Any idea on where in the uk I can get these? They’re bloody delish!

  13. Jean says:

    Can you put these in the microwave?

  14. Tim says:

    You can buy these in a wide range of flavours at Lewis And Coopers in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

  15. Daniela Morgan says:

    Whole Foods on Kensington Highstreet carries them.

    • Thanks for the input…you wouldn’t believe it, but that post about French yogurt gets more hits than any other post on this blog. Haven’t really figured that out yet, but comments keep coming! Funny. (It’s seriously good yogurt. Maybe that’s why.)

  16. Oana says:

    I find myself at the same moment in life, even though I don’t love vanilla, I recently discovered these yoghurts due to their blue jar. And after I’ve tasted it (especially lemon) now I want more and more blue jars. Here in Amsterdam I find only with lemon and honey flavor, what flavors did u tried? 🙂

    • In France we find the plain (terracotta pots), vanilla (blue pots)…and sometimes you they use a red pot with a high shiny glaze, but I can’t remember what flavor that is. And, yes, I’ve seen lemon. That comes in a green pot doesn’t it? Anyway, there is some flavor in France that the sell in a light green pot which I’ve never tried. Yum.

  17. Jennifer says:

    I came across your blog when googling La Fermière yogurt. I tried this yogurt for the first time and will now be obsessed with finding a variety of colored pots! The market I shopped at only had the blue/ vanilla in the teracotta pots, but had several flavors available in glass jars. I heard that they change the colors in the teracotta to green and red at Christmas time. I can’t wait to find them! Also, their website shows a larger size pot, big enough to plant herbs in. I’ll have to look for it, too! The yogurt is amazing!

  18. Sarah says:

    Hello – I have just been given some of the lavender blue pots and found your site when I was looking for ideas for them. I’m lucky to live in France, so will definitely be buying these regularly !! It seems as if they only have the orange, blue and charcoal ones at the moment, but I will be keeping an eye out for the green ones…In the meantime, I found these ideas for recycled pots on their site here : http://www.lafermiere.com/presse/fiches-recup.pdf

  19. Chris. C says:

    Can u buy la fermiere in NYC? Chris. C

    • I don’t know…you can get it in San Fran, so possibly it can be ordered online. I bet a quick google will solve your problem. Let me know what you find out. For some reason this is my most visited post, and people will be interested to know. Thx.

  20. Donna mairs says:

    Omg found these yogurts in a new deli Quartisan in Belfast bought one on Friday strawberry and red currant – seriously delicious and the wee pot is gorgeous.

  21. Paula Stangis says:

    I love these pots and the yogurt is the best I’ve ever tasted hands down! It’s hard to believe that both are so enjoyable. However, my recent trip to Paris, it was harder to find the little pots of yogurt on the shelves. You mentioned “every summer”. Is this a seasonal item?
    It’s gratifying to see a cult following of this!

    • We are in France summers and around Christmas, and I have noticed that different flavors (with different colored pots) appear. The vanilla is in the blue. Plain in a terracotta brown. I have seen something in a red pot around Christmas. And they also have a greenish pot, which I think is for lemon. But I never see them all in the store at the same time.

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