Provence is known for its blue skies, sunshine and incredible light. Unfortunately, today wasn’t one of those. I’m not complaining though. We need the rain.
I ventured out over hill and dale to Lourmarin and its Friday market, one of the best. Asparagus is usually the first vegetable you see for sale in Spring along with artichokes. They sell white and green asparagus. The white asparagus is actually just regular green asparagus but it has been covered with dirt so it stays white. It is supposed to be a gourmet item and it costs more but, to tell you the truth, I can’t tell the difference in taste, hick that I am, so always buy green. I didn’t buy the ones in this picture but found them cheaper at another stall. By the way, I was walking around with an umbrella along with everyone else.
You really know that Spring is here when you see the tiny French strawberries. Earlier you can find huge strawberries from Spain not grown in soil but some sort of artificial set up and there is a major difference in taste. I bought the French ones at this market and can’t wait to have them with sugar sprinkled over them-sometimes simple things are the best.