Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tuesday morning market at Vaison-la-Romaine

One of our favorite activities during our visits to our home in Sablet is the 10 km trip on Tuesday mornings to the weekly market in Vaison La Romaine. We never miss it.

The market runs year around and offerings from vendors vary based upon the season. During the summer, there can be 650 vendors. The market spreads out through the center of Vaison La Romaine.

We try to get there early so we can find parking plus it get's crowded by 10:00 am.

Provencal cooking uses a lot of garlic and you can find tables of it.

One of the many fruit and vegetable stands.

You have to have spices for your cooking. In Provence, spices are not sold in the market in little jars or packages.

A variety of saucissons sec (dried sausages) are available from artisan producers.

You can find fresh meat and poultry.

Our favorite poissonnier is Edmond Lafont of Maree du Comtat Venaison. His fish is beautiful and fresh.

He also sets up his truck in the center of Sablet on Thursday mornings. He is happy to tell you the best way to cook your fish.

Wonderful locally made jams and honey. Make sure you buy some of the lavender honey.

What would a market in Provence be without lavender?

You can find locally made pottery, linens and hand woven baskets.

Marseille soap as well as soap made of various local products is sold by multiple vendors.

You might even find some entertainment.

Make sure you plan your visit to include a trip to Vaison La Romaine for the market on Tuesday morning.

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