Carolyne Kauser-AbbottMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurTaste: Food & Drink

Curious about the Markets in Provence? Take an Insider’s Tour

Curious Provence is the name of Ashley Tinker’s blog. It’s a great name as it combines her interests, she is naturally curious about her surroundings, and she lives in Provence. Ashley studied fine art, is a talented photographer, loves to cook and she still (more below) loves the markets in Provence.

Join her on an “insiders” market tour.

Ashley Insiders Market Tour Provence

Still Loves the Markets

Despite two years of early mornings, working at a market stall in every kind of weather imaginable and preparing (from scratch) meals to go the food lover’s passion has not left her. Combining her market worker experience, understanding of the vendors’ lingo and appreciation for the best local ingredients Ashley offers her clients a unique “behind the scenes” tour. After spending four days a week in the markets, Ashley seems to know every one of the vendors.

Insiders Market Tour Provence Dogs

Arles Market

Recently, Ashley and I visited the Arles Saturday morning market. There are two market days in Arles – Wednesday and Saturday. These weekly markets have been in place since 1584 according to a decree by King Henri III. The Saturday market is the larger of the two markets, and one of the biggest in Provence. The 450+ stands line Boulevard des Lices and Boulevard Georges-Clémenceau almost 2.5 kilometres in length and offering everything and anything you might want including; live poultry, eggs, olives, fresh rockfish, garden plants and herbs and summer dresses.

Arles Insiders Market Tour Paella

Touring the Stalls

A typical market tour with Ashley starts over coffee at a local café or a rosé-tinted breakfast with the vendors. She orients visitors to the usual elements of a market and some of the politics (yes there are!). After coffee, it is time to visit the stalls, buy some food and sample the traditional tastes of Provence.

Insiders Market Tour Provence

During the tour, you will stop at a cheese stall and get a chance to sample local goats’ cheeses from the freshest version to more aged. Your visit will pass by quickly as Ashley guides you through the stands and introduces you to the regional foods and local market characters. During your walk, Ashley might share the secret behind a classic bouillabaisse soup or tomates farci. Discover the role of the Placier an official who assigns the market stands, or the tastiest olive in Provence.

Ashley Insiders Market Tour Provence

Arles Insiders Market Tour

Contact Ashley here for private market tours of St Remy de Provence, Eygalières, Gordes, or Isle sur la Sorgue.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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