Sandy beaches, palm trees, beautiful people, expensive cars and perfect sunny, warm weather. No, we’re not in Southern California. We are in Cannes, France. The Cote d’Azur.
Our first day out we decide to take a trip to the farmer’s market-le Marche Forville-located in downtown Cannes. The French love their farmer’s markets and this one is a large and exciting one! From fresh flowers to fresh fruit and veggies to fresh sausages to handmade artisan cheeses galore- it can all be found here. Goat cheeses big and small, round and pyramid shaped; sheep cheeses that were fresh from the farm and cow bries abound!
The freshly picked fruit made my mouth pucker at the thought of the sweetness and tartness of these colorful and juicy fruits. There were tiny yellow -gold mirabelles (a tart plum that’s full of flavor), sour scarlet colored red currants and figs and berries galore.
The vibrant greens, oranges and reds of the vegetables were a sight to behold. There were the coeur de boeuf (beef heart)-large bright red ribbed tomatoes that were juicy and fragrant; the sweet, yellow coeur de pigeon (pigeon heart) that are shaped like grapes-much like the “grape tomatoes” that are found in the states and odd shaped heirloom tomatoes that were colors of the rainbow.
Oh, the mushrooms! People were reaching into baskets full of chanterelle, morel and langue de boeuf -a reddish mushroom that grows at the foot of a tree and resembles a cow’s tongue.
Now we need to get cooking!