June 27, 2012

Farmers Market in the Old Village

In Annecy's old village, a farmers market is held twice a week. It extends several streets, and you can buy everything from vegetables to cheese (from the Haute-Savoie region) to spices. Stands are set up around seven in the morning, but the market does not come into full swing until around 9 am.

I'm always drawn to the food and vegetables you can't get in Japan, such as these incredibly bumpy tomatoes.

It took me a while to figure out that these leaves and flowers were not all from one plant. Mesclum is essentially a variety of salad leaves tossed together.

Purple garlic, sold by the bunch.

Look closely at the unusual shape of the pale-skinned onions.

The olive stands are mouthwatering, but unfortunately not suited to air travel.

For some reason, blueberries are impossible to find in Japan, and raspberries are not much easier. (Even blackberry jams don't seem to be imported.) For this reason, being able to enjoy them fresh is, for me, the greatest perk of going to the market. 

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