Lillian : The Saturday morning market in Avallon is really wonderful.
Audrey : So much lovely fresh, seasonal food.
|Strawberries / Fraises|
|Artichokes and wonderful tomatoes / artichauts et tomates|
Audrey : There were lots of those tomatoes - so red and shiny and ridged - they looked splendid but not like the tomatoes we are used to.
Lillian : I think they are Marmande tomates, one of the beef-steak varieties.
Lillian : We were in Avallon in early Spring - it was the 16th April. The season for radishes (radis), artichokes and asparagus.
|Radishes, large artichokes & flat swedes / rutabagas|
|Asparagus / asperge|
Audrey : European asparagus isn't green, it is fat and white ... and yummy. The food markets in France are wonderful - even the cabbages looked great.
|Cabbage & celeriac / choux vert & céleri-rave|
Lillian : Our people were astounded at the range of vegetables and the freshness of everything. We don't see some of these vegies in Australia - Trevise is a radicchio, the beautiful Choux Romanesco are ... well they are simply gorgeous!
I've found a lovely web site about them here.
Audrey : So much colour, so many varieties of things - even onions! This seller had 5 different varieties of onions plus 2 types of garlic and hazel nuts, which the French call noisettes.
|Melons / melons|
Audrey : In the photo above - bright yellow tomatoes.
In the photo below - bright yellow plums.
Lillian : Ah - Mirabelles. Our people ate lots of those later on, in Nancy.
The French staples - bread & cheese. Such beautiful bread and so many different cheeses.
Lillian : In the deli section there were some yummy looking pies and terrines and some poitrine fumée ...
Lillian : Most of that produce was in the covered market building - la halle du Marché Couvert.
Outside, in rue mathé, there were some clothing and bric a brac stalls and some wonderful busking going on -
Audrey : They were such fun and sounded great - our people bought their CD! And the band weren't the only people wearing whacky outfits ...
Lillian : Yes, there were random medieval folk wandering about - part of Carnavallon. Avallon's 3 day Springtime / Easter festival. All good fun and slightly anarchic. We'll tell you all about it in a future posting.
Audrey : But now, back to the food we ate that evening. Mostly bought at the marche, including some gorgeous fresh goat's cheese purchased from the young woman who made it.
Lillian : It was yummy and really very cheap.
Oh, a hint if you would like to self-cater during a holiday in France like we did occasionally ... pack a cork-screw (in your checked baggage) as most of the wine bottles have corks not screw-tops.