Montlaur market

Last Tuesday was my last market day in Montlaur for the season.  In honor of that last day – here are some photos of warmer times.  We do two markets a week all summer.  Tuesday afternoon in Montlaur (pictured) and Saturday morning in Lagrasse (photos coming soon).  They are both my favorite market. Montlaur is closer and smaller – that’s pretty much the whole market pictured above.  There’s a pizza van, fruit, a general cheese van and a shady rotisserie van on the other side of the road, but as for the farmers in the farmer’s market – you’re lookin’ at it – and it’s great.

It takes place in front of the school, in front of the bench full of wise-cracking old folks – ladies on the right and gentlemen (I use the word in it’s most universal sense) on the left.

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Nina’s helping us do a tasting here … such an action shot. I’m going in with the bottle – Didier is reaching for the opener….

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It looks like I’m hanging out chatting with my friend Pavé but you would be wrong to underestimate  the power meeting that is going on here …

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Didier and Pavé LOOK like they’re loafing on a bench but don’t be fooled – Pavé is a trained salesman and he gave us pointers all afternoon.

Pavé’s wave bottle set-up.  You laugh, but the next Saturday in our bigger market we sold TWICE as much wine as we usually sell, using Pavé’s tips.  All that from a guy in board shorts hanging out on a bench.

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PS. What I really love about the market, other than the gnome seller, is that I get all of my wonderful organic veggies from Mr. Organic Veggie, Luc – the gnome seller’s father, and my bread and cheese from other friends.  And we shoot the shit and laugh a lot – and it’s great.

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