Welcome to the canton of Jura

The last time we visited the canton of Jura, it was Spring 2018 when we organized our test market to see if our concept for L’Atelier du Fromage was viable.  Four years later we return to find new discoveries to delight our amazing customers!

Our Discoveries in the Jura


Hello Cheese and Wine Lovers! This May we take you to a canton full of history, beautiful mountains, and unique and very special flavors. We wanted to bring you closer to one of the Swiss corners with the greatest plant diversity, very warm and with a very special terroir: The Canton of Jura.  Enjoy through ... Read more


Welcome! Our May Box featuring the artisanal cheeses of canton Jura is bursting with Spring flavor!  This mountain region is small but full of cheeses that impart its unique terroir.  The cheesemakers have perfected their skill to harness and embrace the local flavors into their special cheeses.  Shhh!  Given the small size of the canton, ... Read more

Association Broquet-Leuenberger

Association Broquet-Leuenberger Canton:  Jura We crossed the Jura continuing in the direction of Delémont and more precisely, in its surroundings, in Movelier. In this small village, we discovered three families who joined forces in the 90's to continue their agricultural activities. Together, they built a solid collaboration and their respective talents allowed each of them ... Read more

Fromagerie des Franches-Montagnes

Fromagerie des Franches-Montagnes Canton:  Jura The Fromagerie des Franches-Montagnes is located on the outskirts of the village of Le Noirmont, the new cheese factory - it was inaugurated in the spring of 2019 - meets the latest standards of quality and hygiene. The electricity supply is provided by photovoltaic panels installed on the flat roof. ... Read more

Overview of the Canton

Capital:  Delémont

Land Area:  838.51 km2

Population:  73,709

Admission to the Swiss Confederation:  1978

Language:  French

The canton of Jura (JU), officially the Republic and Canton of Jura, is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland. It is composed of three districts and its capital is Delémont. Its flag bears a red episcopal crosier on a white background and seven red and white stripes representing the seven historical districts.

Created on September 24, 1978, the canton of Jura is the newest canton in Switzerland. It is located in the northwestern part of Switzerland, in the Jura Mountains, within the large Swiss region called Espace Mittelland.

Most of the population is located in the district of Delémont, with 37,912 inhabitants, or 52.08% of the total population of the Canton of Jura. The largest municipality is Delémont with 12,583 inhabitants. The city of Moutier will become the second most populous municipality when it joins the canton in 2026.

The History of Saint-Martin

Among the traditions of the Ajoulot region, the feast of Saint Martin certainly occupies a privileged place.

The holy bishop of Tours in the 4th century enjoys in the region, as in many parts of France, a very old and widespread popularity in the countryside. More than five hundred villages in France have dedicated their parish church to him; in Ajoie, he is the patron saint of the churches of Courtedoux and Montignez. It is precisely in the Haute-Ajoie, which was attached to the archdiocese of Besançon until the end of the 18th century, that the tradition of Saint Martin is still very much alive today.

Beyond the religious feast, Saint Martin’s Day corresponds to a break in the annual cycle of work in the countryside.

November 11 corresponds, for the farmers, to the deadline for the payment of the leases. These autumnal festivities, sunned by the “summer of Saint Martin” as the popular saying goes, also mark the end of the great work in the fields: barns, granaries and cellars are filled with provisions for the winter.

Despite the changes in habits and lifestyle, the Ajoie region has kept alive the tradition of St. Martin’s meals, savored by the followers of a country cuisine that prepares with infinite variety the pig butchered for the occasion. From black pudding to roast, from jelly to ham, a thousand and one ways of cooking various dishes, but always based on pork, are known and passed on from one generation to the next.

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