I went to Paris for the day yesterday. Took advantage of an amazing special offer on the Eurostar train from London and found myself at the Gare du Nord about 2 hours later. Regular readers will know how much I love visiting markets when I travel. I made a special trip to the Marche d'Aligre just near the Bastille area.
Why can't the English do fresh produce markets like other countries do? Why are we so far removed from real, fresh fruit and veg? Is it because of the big supermarkets that we just get them sanitized and packaged in a little plastic pack? Just look at all these lovely veggies.
Just an amazing selection of varieties of everything. You can choose what colour you want your tomatoes or your carrots. This was a feast for the eyes.
I was sorely tempted by these amazing globe artichokes, but I would have had to carry them around Paris all day while I was sightseeing. Those ripe beefsteak tomatoes would have gone down a treat. I am fed up with aenemic, tasteless, crunchy supermarket tomatoes.
The market traders just make such an effort to display their produce so beautifully, they take a pride in what they do. Do you suppose if I opened up a market stall like this in my own town I would sell anything? Am I the exception to the rule? Would the majority of English folk not know what to do with it?
This genuinely seems to be a part of our heritage which has gone missing somehow. Is it just down to those of us who grow our own veggies to keep this all alive? It wasn't that expensive either.
Is it just me?