Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Saturday Is Market Day In Issoire, Auvergne

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Saturday is always market day in Issoire, a charming old town here in the Auvergne region of France
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Walking through the town's narrow streets to shop for produce and other merchandise remains one of the great pleasures of summers here.
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Many of the products are locally sourced, such as this honey.
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This merchant is at the market every time we come here
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and her strawberries are the best.
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So are her red currants.
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Abricots for jam or tarts.
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Ripe, flat peaches
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Choosing a melon is science: "Do you want to eat it today or tomorrow?" she asked.
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The average size of a red leaf salad at the market
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I loved this old man in his old-fashioned cart, selling his own produce.
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Rattes: the best potatoes for roasting
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Organic potatoes and onions
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The best saucissons at the market
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Smoked, herbed, with blueberries, bleu d'Auvergne or St. Nectaire cheese, to list just a few.
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Let's not forget the smoked ham
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Rotisserie chickens  to take home for lunch
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Pain Payet, just one of the kinds of bread available at one of the Issoire bakeries
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The crust is the best
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But the pain a l'ancienne can't be beat.
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Clafouti aux cerises...
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or brioches feuilletées, it all looks great.
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A new stall this year sold micro greens.  I took coriander and radish greens, which really added something salads.
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The same vendor also sold edible flowers.
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These blooms, however, where for the garden.
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Micro breweries are a thing even here in the Auvergne.
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Instead of a rotisserie chicken, one can also purchase live chickens at the Issoire market.
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or ducks, if one has a farm.

The freshness and the taste of the produce is so inspiring that I can't wait to get back to my kitchen to start cooking.  Sending greetings from my Auvergne kitchen back to Brooklyn, dear Readers.

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Zucchini tarte with onions, potatoes and goat cheese.
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Clafouti aux cerises
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Poulet au citron with coriander micro greens


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures and glad you are enjoying your time away. I must admit that I was surprised to see "local" honey being sold in plastic honey bear containers. Plastic is everywhere

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos!! Looks like the perfect day out. Thank you for sharing.