We’ve been lucky enough to spend the last few Saturday mornings in Aix-en-Provence and I think there are few places as lovely as a Provençal market to witness the beauty of spring in the south.
All around the market, the stands were a-buzz with chatter of what looked good (frankly, all the stands are gorgeous) and what new “products” had made their first seasonal appearance.
Green & violet asparagus had made their spring debut many weeks ago, but we were surprised to discover the first “barquettes” (trays) of strawberries on display.
Of course summer is also a pretty spectacular time of year at the markets, but there’s really something about spring here that captures the imagination.
Having grown up in southern California, one of the special things for me is that this is one of the first times I’ve experienced real seasons.
And although Provençal falls & winters are decidedly mild compared to other parts of the country, that doesn’t mean that locals are any less thrilled to throw off their overcoats and scarves.
As with the colors that explode around every corner of the market, spring in Provence is a real time of renewal & rebirth.
And what trip to Aix on a Saturday morning is complete without a trip to the flower market.
I usually settle for a simple bouquet that I can easily slide into my “tote”, but this weekend I wanted to grab a little bit of everything we saw – peonies, lilacs, and bushes of rosemary (just perfect for my would-be herb garden).
No matter if you’re a casual observer, or a serious foodie, a visit to any of the markets in Aix surely won’t leave you feeling indifferent to the wonders of the spring season.
Here are a few links to past posts for more information on visiting the markets in Aix:
Aix-en-Provence Saturday Market
7 thoughts on “Spring scenes at the Aix-en-Provence Market”
I love Aix and I love to wander through the markets. One of our regular stops is at La Victoire, a long time Aix shop that sells materials and ready made stuff too on the square with the flower market and l’horloge.
I haven’t been in that shop yet Michel, will be sure to check it out… thanks for the comment!
Well if I’m not in Aix myself, this is the next best thing! We, too, are totally in love with the Aix market – what a treasure to have a DAILY market right around the corner from our home there! Like you, I grew up in southern California, and never tire of experiencing the seasons at the market in Aix (and here in gloriously green and blooming northern Virginia too!). Thanks for your photos and posts-
Hi Anne, nice to see another southern California native 🙂 Many thanks for your kind words and I’ve heard Virginia is quite pretty as well!
One of my favorite markets in Provence. Another I love is Lourmarin on Fridays. Just fabulous.
I’ve never been to Lourmarin – heard many great things though! Another great market to add to the list… thanks Linda.
Looking forward to being there soon!