Apt Market (Luberon, Provence, France) – In Season Now – June
I absolutely insisted that we celebrate our anniversary taking a few days for ourselves. After a bit of nagging (but not too much) the hubby reorganized his work schedule so we could go to Provence.
Now I’m pretty sure you’re all thinking I picked the location. I didn’t. It was my husband. He’s been to the region on countless occasions and absolutely loves it. (Which probably explains why I didn’t have to nag to much.) We chose the Luberon region because there were areas there he had not yet seen, while also being in close range to some of Provence’s most popular sites like the Senanque Abbey.
We visited two markets while in Provence. One in Loumarin and the other one in Apt. The two markets could not have been more different in personalities.
The first was seemed more “up” market with displays that seemed more cared for. Perhaps Lourmarin is more touristy (though I can’t say for sure). But the market was large for such a small town.
The Apt market on the other hand was a lot more like the markets I’m used to in Milan. Perhaps because it is a much larger city, I could tell that the locals shopped there and that many of the stores catered to them. The quality of the products offered ranged from organic/top of the line to get it sold fast because it’s almost off (1 euro for a kilo of produce). There was also a much more defined Arab presence in this market. Selling everything from their traditional garbs to yummy baklava.
As we made our way in and out and around the Apt market we eventually arrived to a central plaza. It was pretty late because I refused to get up early on vacation! The locals were eating street food. There was a seafood paella, curry, pizza, and sausages for sale. I realize the dishes being prepared weren’t very French. But there was something very French about the way it was all happening.
Something about the way the tables were set out in the plaza, the way people were drinking their wine (and beer) and the jazz band that was playing… Perhaps because the whole situation seemed so natural so uncontrived…
With all that said, here is a list of some ingredients that are in season now that you can probably find at your local (super)market whether your in Apt or Atlanta.
In Season Now – June
Apricots, Apriums, Avocados, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cactus Pears, Cherries, Figs, Loquats, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Pineapples, Plums, Pluots, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tayberries
Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Broccoli rabe, Cactus Pads, Cardoons, Celeriac, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fava beans, Green Beans, Green garlic, Horseradish, Nettles, Okra, Peas, Peppers (Sweet), Potatoes, Purslane, Shallots, Squash (Summer), Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Zucchini
Fish/Seafood – East Coast
Cod, Haddock, Hake, Flounder Sole, Lobster, Mackerel, Sea Scallop, Gulf Shrimp, Squid,
Fish/Seafood – West Coast
Calamari, Dungeness Crab, Halibut, Salmon (King, Silver, Pink, Keta), Shad, Shark (Bonito, Mako, Thresher), Swordfish, Pacific Bay Shrimp
Fish/Seafood – UK
Brill, Spider Crab, Gurnard, Hake, Lobster, Mackerel, Monkfish, Mullet (Silver), Plaice, Sole (Megrim), Turbot
Fish/Seafood – Italy / Mediterranean
Amberjack, Brill, Crab, Langoustines (Norway Lobster), Mackerel, Monkfish, Ray Fish, Red Band Fish, Red Mullet, Shrimp (Pink), Squilla Mantis, Totani (European flying squid)
*According to the variety, oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes are available all year long though many would agree that they are at their height during the “winter” months in areas with moderate weather (California, Florida, Sicily, Southern Spain…)