The french market tradition goes a long way back to medieval times and despite the arrival of the Supermarche in many of france’s villages the market days have continued, many villages having 2-3 market days a week where everything from fresh food, homewares and and other non food items are sold. It underscores the importance the french place on fresh seasonal produce.
St Antonin-Noble-Val founded in the 9th century along the Tarn river close to the mid-Pyrenees, is a charming little medieval village and this warm Sunday was abuzz with market day. Summer produce was stunning to look but also as we discovered later, tasted as good as it looked.
The Pyrenees is well known for its goat cheeses and this was in abundance and so were the ripe summer tomatoes. After the market we stopped for lunch along the Tarn river at Le Carre Des Gourmets, savouring a light degustation platter of melon gazpacchio, lapin confit (ie rabit confit in cigar shaped pastry) salmon tartare and canard en croute (duck en croute), finished off with a passion fruit dessert with mint gelato…
Join us in a photographic memory of market day (note St Antonin-Noble-Val is also the location where Charlotte Gray starring Cate Blanchett was fillmed)