Monday, June 3, 2013

My Trip to Aix En Provence, France: Farmers Market

The next morning, we took the train to Aix En Provence. We walked around the small town exploring churches and ruins. Then we got hungry. Before we started our trip that morning, I knew I had one thing in mind: the farmers market. They are known for their extensive offerings both fresh and cooked. There's even a separate fresh flowers market too. Lots of potted plants or cut to be placed into a vase. It smelled wonderful.

But what smelled even better was the food section of the market. Below is just one of the markets. There are others strewn throughout the town. Walk around (the town isn't too big) to find the best offerings.
We went around and picked up a bunch of items to share as an impromptu picnic lunch. We found a park bench and I happened to have my newly acquired serrated knife in Paris. So I went to town and sliced up 2 sausages (bison and pork), a loaf of bread, goat cheese, pizza tart, and roast chicken. With that, we had clementines, strawberries, and cherry tomatoes. Some paper cups and a bottle of wine later, we had something special. This was great. The sausages were meaty and flavorful, the bread soft yet crusty, the pizza was cheesy, the goat cheese creamy and pungent, the clementines sweet, the tomatoes even sweeter, and the strawberries were like crack being the sweetest of the bunch. The roast chicken, unfortunately was a bit dry. Otherwise, this was a fantastic meal. I couldn't believe how different yet incredible the produce tasted. The bread was ridiculous as usual, while the craftsmanship of the sausages and cheese were divine.

Aix Farmers’ Market Place Richelme
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.

Aix Flower Market Place de l’Hôtel de Ville
Tues., Thurs., and Sat., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m

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