Summer is definitely here in the Philippines, so my mind is wandering to my trip to Provence, France last year.
Here’s part one of the Provence Series.
In the middle of planning my destination wedding, we stopped by Forcalquier’s weekly Market. I’m a sucker for markets especially when I’m abroad. I make it a point to see one whenever I travel.
I enjoyed wandering around the streets of the old town of Forcalquier, trying the local produce, smelling the local soaps “savon de Marseille” and fragrances. There is also something about the contrast of an old square buzzing with people.
Sharing you a few pictures of what I stumbled upon while walking around the marché de Forcalquier.
Pretty garlic braids. They have so much flavor compared to our local ones.
The surrounding towns of Forcalquier is known for their apples.
Grapes from France and different European Countries.
I couldn’t help myself and got a few peaches and strawberries for snacks.
I found the setup of this local farmer’s stall so cute was very different from the rest.
Nuts, nuts and more nuts…
Look at all the colors of the dried fruits.
This vendor sells flavored olives, dried tomatoes, marinated veggies and local dips such as tapenade.
Charcuterie….Cured hams and Saucissons… There were so many types to choose from that we eventually got one of each at least. They ranged from different types of meat such as pork, wild boar or bull or flavors such as garlic, pepper, olives, figs or mushroom.
Different flavors of Artisanal Nougat.
Nougats and Calissons. Calissons are a traditional Provence candy which is a mix of marzipan and various dried fruit pastes.
Tourtons are a specialty from the Alpes, fried goodies close to empanadas. The fillings are similar to ravioli fillings.
This market not only had food but also local products. OMG!! I wanted to buy all of these fabrics!! So hard to resist!
“Savon de Marseille”
Organic beauty products.