Nyons, that’s where we lived and that’s the town to be in. They have local markets – with everything from the classic Provence baskets to locally made sausages, French nougat and rose wine – twice every week. And, a farmers cooperative in a beautiful modern building where they sell local wine, specialties and all-natural beauty products etc. Smart way of giving local businesses a better chance to market their products. France really has a lot to do with eating lots of delicious food and drinking wine from surrounding wine castles…
Nyons also has a local olive mill which is now a store with all those local specialties – olive and lavender soap, French nougat, olive oil and what not.
We actually stayed in a Danish-owned architect designed apartment near downtown. With it belonged a beautiful olive field, gazebo and veranda overlooking the olive field with mountains in the background. This place was such a perfect mix of classic Danish interior design and the beautiful landscape of Provence.
I have to admit that it is a little bit of a food shock to return to the US. How can I find bread as good as French bakery bread (or just half as good) and how can I get delicious fresh local ingredients? My first answer has been: the farmers market. Our town’s farmers market has just opened for the Summer and it is a much bigger market than usual with live music and food tastings. Local farms, creameries, bakeries, restaurants, the local health food store and local breweries are participating. I was able to go home with kale, strawberries, tomatoes and cucumbers all freshly picked that morning. I sneaked the kale into my usual “kid smoothie” – and my children drank it just as fast as usual.
As for the bread I think there is no other way than to get baking…but we’ll see about that – Summer is pretty hot and humid here!