Provence Series: Farmer’s Market

/ By Carmela| Places Journal

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.

 –Carmela

Forcalquier Market - Garlic Bunches

Pretty garlic braids. They have so much flavor compared to our local ones.

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

The surrounding towns of Forcalquier  is known for their apples.

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

Grapes from France and different European Countries.

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

I couldn’t help myself and got a few peaches and strawberries for snacks. 

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

I found the setup of this local farmer’s stall so cute was very different from the rest.

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

Nuts, nuts and more nuts…

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

Look at all the colors of the dried fruits.

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

This vendor sells flavored olives, dried tomatoes, marinated veggies and local dips such as tapenade. 

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

 

Forcalquier Market

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.

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

Different flavors of Artisanal Nougat.

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

Nougats and Calissons. Calissons are a traditional Provence candy which is a mix of marzipan and various dried fruit pastes.

Forcalquier Market

 

Tourtons are a specialty from the Alpes, fried goodies close to empanadas. The fillings are similar to ravioli fillings.

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

This market not only had food but also local products. OMG!! I wanted to buy all of these fabrics!! So hard to resist!

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

“Savon de Marseille”

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

Organic beauty products.

Forcalquier Market - Local Produce

Forcalquier Market

 

 

2 Comments

2 Comments on Provence Series: Farmer’s Market

  1. ines
    March 13, 2014 at 12:17 am (4 years ago)

    This just reminded me of the marche we went to in Apt! 🙂 ooh those saucissons!!!

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