Early on Friday morning, around when the clock chimes eight, the sound of clanking metal posts gently peppers the air. White vans fill the car park outside my door and market stalls spring up in Lourmarin’s Place Henri Barthélémy spilling out along the streets. Friday is market day in Lourmarin and as I grab my basket, no matter how many times I’ve ambled through its’ stalls, I wonder, ‘what might I find today?’
Delicious local produce,
mouthwatering seasonal offerings,
freshly picked and often just dug from the earth.
Gifts from Provence to take back home,
maybe in a new basket?
So many to choose from
and fill with things encapsulating the essence of Provence.
And when your shopping’s over, a café or a glass of rosé?
I love the terrace of La Maison Café where you’re serenaded from the street below.
And then maybe lunch at Café Gaby, merging into the ambience of this special corner of Provence.
And if you can’t wait until next week, there’s many other markets quite close by just begging to be explored, not forgetting Lourmarin’s organic market on Tuesday evenings.
Nearby Markets of Provence
Monday: Cadenet, Cavaillon, Lauris
Tuesday: Cucuron, Pertuis, Gordes, Lacoste, Coustellet, La Tour d’Aigues, St Saturnin les Apt, Lourmarin 5.00- 8.00 organic produce
Wednesday: Mérindol, Cheval-Blanc, Salt, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, St Remy-de-Provence, Le Thor, Nimes, Cassis
Thursday: Goult, Ménerbes, Rousillon, Pertuis, Lauris, L’Isle sur la Sorgue, Aix-en-Provence, La Motte d’Aigues,
Friday: Lourmarin, Lagnes,, Les Taillades, Bonnieux, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Cucuron evenings (July & August)