The sun has barely risen off Île du Havre-Aubert, yet everyone is already hard at work in the goat farm, feeding hay to the animals and activating the rotating milking deck. Pumped on a daily basis, the milk from Charlotte, Princesse, Mambo, Champagne and their girlfriends is already earmarked for the farm's delicious line-up of fresh goat cheeses.
Beyond the goat farm lay the red cliffs, rolling hills and sunny beaches that serve as prime playground for the farm's herd of 33 dairy goats. Éric Longpré can rightfully boast that his goats enjoy one of the most majestic views in all of Québec. And the best part is that he gets to welcome you on-site to introduce you to his darling girls, or "biquettes" as he calls them.
While nibbling on the farm's cheeses, you'll be invited to explore a few clever pairings with the archipelago's other iconic products. Visitors with a sweet tooth will be captivated by Petit Malin, a mild cheese flavoured with the honey from Miel en Mer. Inspired by another indigenous flavour of the Havre-aux-Maisons township, their Wigwam cheese features the smoky hints provided by a stint at Fumoir d'Antan.
Thanks to the know-how of both Pâtisserie Hélène des Îles pastry shop and Fille de la Mer, Les Biquettes à l'Air now offers a whole new line of goat-milk products. And finally, in the spirit of good neighbourly relations, Canton du Moulin's famed céramiste Patrick Leblond, known for his unique artwork, collaborates on pieces tailormade to showcase Biquettes products.
Spurred by the desire to invest in Magdalen Islands's agriculture sector, Éric Longpré initially worked with Barbary ducks before converting to goat farming. Today, his goats monopolize the whole Bassin farm's production. Inquisitive and cuddly, with unique personalities all their own, his "biquettes" will assuredly charm you.