The Market of Saint Rémy de Provence

Flavoured vinegars at Saint Remy de Provence marketProvence is not exactly short of street markets but the very large and varied one on Wednesday morning in Saint Rémy is renowned as exceptional.

The gallery of images below was shot on a bright mid-May morning with the market in full sway and nobody at all deterred by the fierce Mistral wind blowing.

The stalls spill from the rue de la République just on the edge of Saint Rémy down into the winding alleys and shady squares of the old town. They offer traditional and more unusual crafts as well as clothes, shoes and a huge range of fresh local produce.

The merchants will vary slightly from week to week, but you're likely to find everything olive here, from olive oil, miniature olive trees (slide 2), olive wood bowls and chopping boards (slide 3) and, of course, the olives themselves. We couldn't resist the wooden frogs and other animals (slide 5), all ingeniously carved to make the appropriate sound when you rub or shake them.

Food-wise there is everything: honey, saucissons (including such unusual ones as ostrich, donkey and goat, slide 8), fruit and veg, chunks of cheese cut for you to order from enormous rounds (slide 7), brightly coloured flavoured vinegars (slide 10) and the new season's purple garlic, if you go in spring (slide 11).

The market runs on Wednesdays from around 7am to 1pm. Be sure to arrive very early if you are travelling by car or be prepared to park well away from the centre. And click here to read our full guide to Saint Rémy de Provence.

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