If you’ve visited the Saturday Market in Uzes during tourist season and hate the crowds, you should be here in February.
The market is almost the same, minus the throngs of people.
This weekend’s market day was sunny and cold — a crisp 45 degrees when I set out. Clear blue skies and a light wind.
While some of my favorite vendors were in place, many shops were shuttered and closed.
A local hangout, Au Suisse d’Alger, was minus its usual outside market-watchers. Yet there was a bustle inside where it was warm and cozy.
In the market an assortment of new produce was proudly displayed and on sale.
Market regulars were busy as usual.
On such a beautiful day, all who could be there were out to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
On the main street, or Rue Gambetta, there was a marked difference in the numbers of street vendors. Although there were many more than earlier days of winter when the weather was in the 30’s.
Still you could count on those who gather at the Café de l’Esplanade to be there for coffee and to pick up their fresh oysters.
Best of all, inventory at stores and on the street were priced to go.
Yes, the 3 pairs of boots are mine! At 15 euros a pair, could I resist?
When the sun is shining you can depend on the French to dine outdoors. Market days are a time for friends to gather wherever there’s an open table.
Happy, happy day! Oh La Vache was open again after a too-long winter break. Their “CocoRico” chicken sandwich was still same. The best! Grilled chicken, aubergine and melted chèvre. Oh la la! (Not to mention a pichet (50cl) of rosé – to share, of course!)
To top off the day, a stop at Gaffier’s Green Grocery was a “must.” Always the same: the freshest produce, wine at great prices — and a welcoming smile.
And, oh yes, it’s the only place in town to buy fresh herbs out of season. After a day at the market, my next mission? Gravlax!
Stay tuned …