I was up with the sun today, and out early. Wednesday is our weekday market, right around the corner, in the center of Beaune. The market is about 1/20th the size of the blockbuster Saturday market. The locals are there to buy enough food to get through to the weekend. And there were about as many tourists there, to take photos.
I bought 50 tubes of various herbs and spices and vanilla beans; these will go in Christmas Gift baskets. Fifty sounds like a lot, but not really; it is one box. We do a lot of baskets for holiday, and these are French and from France and present beautifully. The rose infusion (above) was very pretty; I'd pair it with the vanilla bean tube.
Herbs de Provence; these are always welcome~
a melange of pepper corns~
There were so many spices; I might buy more on Saturday. Email me if you want some; they are about $2.50 per tube but that's not bad at all.
The other vendors I loved were the guys from the South aka the Midi; tapenade and olives, wonderfully displayed though I noted no sneeze-guard~
Pistounette-home made~ green olives, capers, herbs de provence and such; why didn't I try some of this?
another tapenade, but spicy. made from bell peppers~
I bought a scoop of the olives, and we have already eaten all of them; the herbs de Provence make them over the top~oh, I see I photographed the plain ones, the ones I did not buy~
here the display~
across the way, truffles were available to smell!
and to buy, they were lined up, each with their respective price tags~
There were cepe mushrooms for sale, and I bought a few, but I will wait until Saturday to shoot those. Of course most of the produce today was displayed in baskets. including the echallotes grises (grey shallots) in the very front~
still colorful; and I have my mind set now on finding some of these chalkboard-esque tags, Raquel would love them...
here is another black slate tag; simpler....hmmm where can I find these?
a more traditional, vintage basket~ this presentation makes me want to buy!