I was so happy to learn from my friends in Lourmarin that the Friday market is allowed to return tomorrow; with social distancing measures of course. After so many weeks of not being permitted, I’m thrilled for all the local vendors, and the shoppers too, who appreciate and love the Lourmarin market as much as me.
Because of the virus I can’t be there, but I can imagine the white vans filling the car park outside my house and the stalls springing up in Lourmarin’s Place Henri Barthélémy, spilling out along the streets. To all of you that can be there, grab your baskets and enjoy ambling through the stalls. And as you make your purchases, from all that wonderful Provencal abundance, think of me, thinking of you, wishing I was could be there to join you.
Delicious local seasonal produce, all types of sensory pleasures on which to indulge.
Locally picked strawberries
and other indulgences, of which you can never have too many!
Savon de Marseille
and brightly colored pottery
Maybe in a new basket, there’s always so many to choose from
to fill with things that encapsulate the essence of Provence,
and perhaps even a little wooden tool that you never knew you needed..
Maybe not all of these will be there, but they’ll be others just as enticing…..
And when your shopping’s over, a café or a glass of rosé?
Perhaps the musicians will have returned to serenade you below my favorite terrace at La Maison Café
And then you can enjoy lunch at Café Gaby, not looking quite like it did here, but still just as special.
Hopefully the other markets are opening too, including 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)
Next time I share a market story from Provence, I’ll be there, celebrating that the world is a safer place. Until then take care.
And if you can get there, remember my house, in the village is available to rent.
You can see a video with information here, do contact me and I’d be happy to tell you more.