Europe's best markets
The first episode in the series „To Market We Go“ takes us to the famous Luberon Valley in Provence, South of France – to the farmers market in Apt.
The famous Luberon Valley in Provence it’s known for its offering of the good life—food, wine, beautiful landscapes—and with almost 300 days of sun a year, the region brims with sun-ripened produce. In search of local specialties—think tomatoes the size of grapefruits, olive bread in leaf-shaped loaves, and chalky goat cheese covered in ash—we met up with chefs Lise Kvan and her partner and fellow chef Eric Monteleon.
Markets are places of inspiration: you might go with a shopping list – only to come back laden with those green beans that just came into season, or a tray tomatoes for a steal at the end of their tenure—your previous dinner plans cast aside. It’s a place to ask questions, to take home cooking advice from stallholders along with their goods. When traveling, they’re the places we hope to catch a glimpse of local life, to bite into a peach as soon it’s bought or pocket dried herbs to scatter into dishes back home.
To source produce for their newly opened restaurant, the historical „Le Saint Hubert “, Lise and Eric are building relationships with farmers and producers in the region—visits to the market to start up these conversations and seek out the most interesting produce are essential. To give us a taste, Lise took us to the farmers market in Apt, just one of the many in the region that the pair source produce for their newly-opened restaurant, in the nearby town of Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt.