Sunday, August 22, 2010

Market: Aix-en-Provence

If you are like me, a good food market with ample free tasters is just about the best way to spend a morning. Whilst on holiday in Cassis, Provence, I took a day trip to Aix-en-Provence. It is a lovely colourful town with lots of old streets to walk through, and boasts, amongst other attractions, no less than 40 fountains. When we were there it happened to be a market day (ok, so it wasn't a coincidence...). There were three different markets on the same day- one for flowers (Place des Prêcheurs), one for antiques, (Place de Verdun), and one for food (also Place de Verdun). The food market was the largest and had wonderful stalls stacked with fresh produce.

Some of the products on sale were:

-Tomatoes (almost the size of melons)
-Fresh fruit (yellow and white peaches, cherries, melons, apricots...)
-Hams, patés and dried sausage
-Gigantic basil plants-Tapenades
-Provençal "navette" biscuits
-Olive oils

It is one of the best markets I have been to, not only were the products on sale amazingly fresh, but most stalls were giving out free samples so by the end of the morning we did not feel the need for lunch!

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