Ambert here in the Auvergne. And though there are lots of Farmers Markets back home in Brooklyn. I must admit that I wait impatiently all year to be able to come back to this one.
Not only are the fruit and vegetables amazing, they are allowed to ripen before being picked, so they are full of flavor.
The Auvergne is known for its cheese, so besides the produce, the market is a great place to purchase such varieties as Bleu D'Auvergne, St. Nectaire and the famous Fourme d'Ambert.
Besides the cheese, the Auvergnats also make some of the best saucissons sec, made of pork, boar, pheasant, or donkey and flavored with nuts, blueberries, cognac and of course, cheese.
For those who have less time to cook, there is an abundance of meals ready to take home. My favorite is the aligot, made from potatoes, crème fraiche, butter and cheese. You can see the vendor scooping some of this delicious goodness into a container above.
And if you are shopping for a canary, chipmunk or would like a free kitten, you can find it all here as well.
In case you were wondering, yes, I was very tempted to take the little kitten home, but refrained.