Sunday, 5 June 2011

Street market: St Antonin-Noble-Val

Something a little different this week. I had a rather dramatic couple of days trying to get there (my iPhone alarm failed to go off, I subsequently missed my flight and had to pay lots to get on another one) but I was in France last weekend for my sister's birthday. So instead of a recipe post I thought I'd share with you some photos of the outdoor market in St Antonin, which is one of the best in the area.


St Antonin itself is a beautiful little town in the Midi Pyrenees in the South of France and was the location for the Cate Blanchett film, Charlotte Gray. Every Sunday it is transformed from a sleepy Medieval village in the Tarn to a bustling market hub where growers and producers come from miles around to sell their wares. It is predominantly a food market, however there is every chance you could also come away with some new shoes or a gorgeous necklace. 


The quality of the produce is wonderful. Artisan honeys and foie gras (surely better than the mass-produced supermarket ones) and the freshest vegetables you can imagine. I will always have a little place in my heart for French market Coeur du Boeuf tomatoes - possibly the nicest ones I've ever eaten.

For those of you more actively inclined, the village is also the departure point for canoeing trips down the Aveyron. These are brilliant fun - the rapids are exhilerating, yet gentle enough not to be scary. Take a picnic - and a change of clothing for when you reach the other end. You won't reach your destination still dry!

8 comments:

  1. Courgette flowers! I've NEVER seen those for sale anywhere in the uk!

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  2. Katie, I think you can get them at Andreas Georgiou grocers in Chiswick when they're in season (mid-late summer). There must be somewhere around your neck of the woods though as you get some fantastic food markets round your way. Otherwise, Borough Market or the New Covent Garden Market should get them. I'm hell-bent on locating rapini (amazing Italian broccoli) which is going to be a challenge!

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  3. Wonderful travel post. You narrative and photos bring it to life! I want to be there. Thanks!

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  4. Thanks Robin! I felt a bit apprehensive putting a "travel" post up as there's so many other blogs that do it brilliantly. I've got a few more non-recipe posts up my sleeve (and some recipes too!) so will be interested to see what people make of those.

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  5. As food bloggers we're influenced by many things. This variety helps speak to what we are, and what shapes our creativity. I look forward to your "alternates!"

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  6. Thanks for the tips. my local Newington Green grocers is otherwise excellent but i haven't spotted them - maybe later in the summer.. i'm also trying to grow my own, if i can keep the slugs away!

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  8. Hi,

    A lovely blog and I really like the photos, especially the first one of the terrace on the river side. I live very close by and have just made a post about A Visit to St Antonin Market with a recipe for the apricots there.

    Best wishes,

    Gill

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