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The Forcalquier Market In Pictures

Forcalquier market is just as beautiful as many other large Provençal markets. It’s in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region and is located close to Valensole. If you vacation around this area, your visit will most likely include the Gorges du Verdon. If you’re lucky, you’ll be in this region in July, where you’ll see the vast expanses of lavender fields in the Valensole plains with mountains in the distance.

Continue reading here to see Ashley’s artistic market photos. They discovered a few non-typical items in the Forcalquier market during their visit and even sampled local apéritifs and digestives.


Temptation at a market is everywhere in the piles of produce and fresh fruit, ripening goat cheese, and buckets of olives. However, practice a bit of buyer-beware as some vendors are resellers who buy from large chains and re-package their goods for marketgoers. Study the “Pays d’origine” tags. These signs tell you where the produce comes from and indicate quality, with #1 being the best. Try to buy local, in-season, and, where possible, directly from the producer. Narrowing the list of markets in Provence and along the Côte d’Azur to our 10 favourites was not simple, but here is our list.

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Ashley Tinker

Ashley Tinker

Ashley was born and raised in Montréal, Canada. She has always been drawn to the history, way of life and beauty of Europe. Her feelings for Europe were reconfirmed while studying art in Florence, Italy. Ashley says that stone buildings, colourful shutters and terra cotta tile rooftops fill her dreams and now her days.

Ashley moved to Provence in 2014 with her partner Robin (he also shares her Francophile passions). They are in search of the French joie de vivre, which they find at every turn in the local markets and natural beauty of Provence. This couple are indulging in local olives and wine as the Provencal sunshine changes craggy rocks into things of beauty.

You can see all of Ashley's blog posts on Curious Provence.

Take a look at Ashley's beautiful fine art photography on her Photographer in Provence website.

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