Marché provencal
Experience

Pretty markets of Provence

27 February 2019
marché de Provence

Morning trips to the village market are one of the pleasures of staying at Bastide de Marie in Ménerbes. 

The Provençal markets are so charming...

Regardless of which day you arrive, you can be sure there will be a market in one of the nearby villages the following morning. And the fact you don’t have to cook doesn’t matter: It is such a pleasure to wander through the rows of seasonal, freshly harvested vegetables. Some stallholders even display the names and locations of each producer on little slates. The experience continues with an animated discussion with the chef after returning from the market. Cedric Luisin at Villa Marie and François Martin at Bastide de Marie source their produce directly from

Local growers. Early risers will spot François while van as he leaves to meet his producer of red onions, bundles of leafy greens, carrots and salads on-site at the field. The markets of Provence offer a combination of delights, including regionally unique products such as vine peaches. Cavaillon melons and red apricots, multicolored, woven raffia bags, lavender essential oils, wild boar sausage, and lavender honey. The stalls stretch as far as the eye can see on the most beautiful spot of every village – the main square shadowed by impressive plane trees. This is an example of true local life, accompanied by conversations in local accents and the sight of local elders deep in discussion on benches with their hands crossed over walking canes. Visitors and locals alike stroll in the cool shadows of the plane trees, and many take a break with a lemonade or a pastis on one of the terraces. After the market, it’s time to head back to the hotel to indulge in a meal of delicious, fresh, seasonal produce created lovingly by the chef.


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