Posted: 2009-07-30

Aix-en-Provence markets

Aix-en-Provence has some great markets.  Every morning, there is a food market on Place Richelme in the center of the old town - it’s mostly produce, but there are some other tasty things as well.  Two or three days a week, there is the flower market at Place de la Mairie in front of city hall.  On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, there is a large market near the “Palace of Justice” (the courthouse) which has food, clothes, pottery, jewelry, antiques, books, records, and many other interesting things.  Today, I took photos only in the food section of this market, but you could wander around here for hours looking at all sorts of things.


It’s summer, fruit season!


Beautiful heads of lettuce


Pretty bunches of carrots


Chanterelle mushrooms are $18 to $24 a pound in the US - at the market today they were the equivalent of $5 a pound


Local honey


You can purchase French cookies in bulk - sorry for the crazy angle photo


Cheese for sale at the farmers market


Baskets of sausage for sale


Rice and dried beans sold in bulk out of bags


Bulk spices - I’m still trying to figure out how these are transported from one farmers market to the next


This mix of spices is supposed to be rubbed on red meat like beef or veal - such a pretty basket!


The spice vendor also sold a blend of colorful peppercorns


Marseilles, which is 25 kilometers away, is famous for its production of soap - we stopped at this soap vendor

 

-Julia Abbott

Comment

Bob
2009-08-03

Give me the sausage - tangy tastes and penicillin all on one.

aaron
2009-08-07

my god, how do you not buy one of everything when you go there?!

Chad Altemose
2009-08-08

Easy - too expensive to buy one of everything. If this was Portugal I'd just buy the whole market.

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