Today is a beautiful sunny day and the temperature is approaching 60, so absolutely everyone is at the Carcassonne farmers market.
It is my favorite place to go on a Saturday. I see all sorts of things I have never seen before – and have no idea what some of them are.
The vegetables and fruits are beautiful and exotic and so fresh! Farmers bring in truckloads of produce. Much of it comes from France, but some seasonal items are grown in Spain and Morocco – and I’m sure in other places I am not aware of.
In addition to all the vendors inside the market, just outside are small cafes and restaurants that cook and serve special items during the market. Today there were oysters at one locale and paella at a roadside vendor. These are popular venues for lunch.
One of the longest lines is for this man, who brings in flats of endive and cuts it right there for you – how fresh is that?
Food is tremendously important to the French and they are, as is their right, very picky about it. The farmers market is their answer to finding the freshest and purest ingredients to grace their kitchens. I’m going to miss this benefit of life in France.
We tasted – and bought – a most unusual honey. It has the natural flavors of noisettes, or hazel nuts. Unique and yummy!
After the market, many folks like to sit and have a coffee or Pernod or Martini Rouge and chat with friends. We have been a couple of times to such a “Cheers” style of hangout: Bar le 98. The proprietor is so delightful and his wife and toddler often drop by. Here they are, just leaving.
Merci for coming along with me to the Carcassonne farmers market!
- Paula Rath