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Provence in Bloom: June's Beautiful Markets

Provence in Bloom: June's Beautiful Markets

June in Aix-en-Provence marks the beginning of summer, bringing a vibrant array of seasonal produce and local specialties to the town’s markets. As the warm weather settles in, locals and visitors alike flock to these markets to experience the rich flavors, scents, and colors that define the Provençal way of life. Here’s a look at what’s in season and what the residents of Aix-en-Provence eagerly anticipate during this beautiful month.

June is a prime time for fresh, locally grown produce, and the markets are brimming with the season’s best offerings. Here’s what you can expect to find:

    •    Tomatoes: Bursting with flavor and perfect for salads, sauces, and traditional Provençal dishes like ratatouille.
    •    Strawberries: Sweet, juicy, and ideal for desserts or enjoying fresh.
    •    Cherries: A true seasonal delight, perfect for making cherry clafoutis.
    •    Melons: Especially the famous Cavaillon melons, known for their exceptional sweetness.
    •    Zucchinis and Squash Blossoms: Essential ingredients for light summer meals, often used in dishes like stuffed squash blossoms.

Aix-en-Provence's streets are adorned with these small niches above the street signs with statues of the Virgin Mary. This one blesses the city's market square.

Any good market trip requires the perfect basket or market bag. We have one I love and pack it with fresh produce and local goods...and bike from the market back home.

Photography and writing by Emilie Johnson. She lives in Provence and can be found on instagram at @emilie_joly_johnson