If you like yogurts and creme fraiche and live in France, the UK or other European countries the chances are that any you buy will have been made here.
I usually choose Creme Fraiche d'Isigny in my local store. Butter and AOC cheeses like Camembert and Pont L'Eveque are also made here in Isigny -sur -Mer.
This all stems from the long tradition of the manufacture of dairy products in the region.
The large factory "Isigny Sainte Mere" just on the edge of Isigny-sur-mer has been in production for over 70 years and its products are sold far afield.
Visits to, and tours of the factory are welcomed ( tour last 90 minutes - either for groups, or individuals with advance booking. School groups are welcome and teaching materials are provided.
There is an on site sales shop.
An ideal spot to sit with a good coffee and watch the world go by. The solitary fish stall owner in the square was packing up and washing down.
Shoppers were resting and catching up on the local news and gossip.
An essential component of daily life in a small French town.
We fancied simple moules frites but the choice of venue was limited.
This very simple bar Brasserie appeared to be the best bet. A basic bar - and beyond a very small, "blue gingham", bistro style restaurant.
We were the only " foreigners". The moules - prepared in the local style with a creamy sauce were superb and came with very good chips. Washed down with a glass of local cider this was a truly local experience .
There must be a history behind the construction of this strange house - perhaps a land dispute or inheritance that ended with a very narrow plot of land.
Currently for sale it may have good views at the back but from the front looks over to an area awaiting "regeneration" including a very scruffy ex-petrol station and a largish supermarket.
I suppose all towns everywhere have a mixture of smart bits and parts that look rather neglected.
In this respect Isigny is no exception but it was nice to see that a programme of restoration and regeneration is underway.
The Town Hall with its lovely gardens, La Place de Gaulle with traffic-free spaces and fountains are obviously front runners and a show case for what can be done.
Some properties, including houses close to the town centre are in dire need of quick remedial work if they are to be saved.
Where work has been completed the results are extremely attractive and create picturesque scenes as you stroll around the riverside. The river is subject to a bore - a boon for fishermen and their catch - but there are flood gates to prevent flooding in the town.