St Remy Market has something of a legendary status among French market fans.
A sprawling affair that takes over almost the entire town of St Remy, this is where you can find every Provencal product you’ve ever dreamed of.
Far too good to keep to myself, I thought I’d give you the full tour.
We start early, before the hoards arrive.
Stalls heavy with clothes, sheets, cottons, soaps and lavenders make up the outskirts.
And in the centre you’ll find my favourite bit.
Row after row of tables piled high with the freshest produce, the best ingredients, all from the farms themselves.
No vacuum sealed plastic packaging in sight.
The charming stall holders will hand you a basket to fill as you please.
You can really go mad with the fruit and veg, even if you bought everything your heart desired you’d struggle to spend over a tenner.
Be sure to pick up a few bags of these ^ they make perfect gifts and make the most sensational seasoning when roasting a chicken! (Give this recipe a go.)
The fruit stands look more like jewellers than grocers, their goods glowing in the sunshine.
Stock up on nibbles to accompany wine later.
Don’t even think about skimping on dip.
Anchovy dip. Artichoke dip. Tapenade.
Don’t forget to buy crudité and bread!
Oh and local saucisson, of course!
As you head further through the market, the food will start giving way to other essentials.
At least if you shop ’til you drop here, you don’t have to go far for sustenance!