Market days are an integral part of life in French towns and large villages, a well-surviving part of France’s heritage. The markets are usually held in the same place, sometimes for many centuries. It is reputed that there are 35,000 markets in France.
The market stalls are filled with the most amazing fresh vegetables and fruits, cheeses, meats, fish, poultry, breads and baked goods, olives, prepared foods, oils and vinegar, local wines, as well as the wares of local artisans, clothing, jewelry, plants…I could go on and on. As much as I enjoy churches and museums when traveling in France, I am happiest at le marche!
This was a demonstration of what can be done with a kitchen tool, which I would call a “mini-mandoline, plus”. We were so impressed that we walked away with three of them. Now we’ll see if we can remember how to use it – no instructions inside!