Our local market was abundant with new produce this week. Amongst the seasonal offerings, there was an array of fruit and vegetables that I have never seen before.
One of these new discoveries is kaki. The shiny orange-apricot coloured globes caught my eye as we passed one of our regular stalls. When I asked the vendor if it was a fruit, he picked one up and sliced a piece off for me to try. The instantly sweet, complex flavour compelled me to buy some. It was only as we walked away with the bag of kaki in hand that the sweetness was replaced with a peculiar, dry sensation.
Happily, after a couple of days sitting on our kitchen table, they seem to have lost their dry aftertaste, and the flavour is a mix between melon, apple, and some tropical fruit I can’t pinpoint.
Large rounds of cheese and cured meats are not an uncommon sight in Lyon’s markets, but today they were of the Italian variety. We stumbled upon a handful of Italian market stalls set up the the centre of the city.
Coppa and other cured pork products
Rounds of parmesan cheese
Wednesday morning. It’s an odd point in the week to look forward to, but Wednesday mornings hold one of my favourite moments of the week.
Wednesday is market day. We walk up the street to a nearby square and buy our fruit and vegetables for the week.
I love getting home with our bounty and filling the vegetable drawers in our fridge. Maybe it’s the bright colours, but the sight of all those vegetables makes me oddly happy.
Shiny eggplant, zucchini, and capsicum
Tomatoes, cucumbers, and a space for the lettuce
Most mornings, a market sets up along the Saône River. The market hosts an array of fresh produce, and right at one end there is a flower stall. I was quite surprised to see bunches of what appears to be wattle for sale at the flower stall this week.
Wattle at the market
I associate wattle so strongly with Australia; I did not expect to see it here in Lyon, let alone at the end of winter.
One of the things I love about living in the centre of Melbourne is being able able to shop at the Queen Victoria Market. Our market visits are usually limited to early mornings before work, but last week we went to the night market as well.
Sunlit produce at Queen Victoria Market
Over summer, there is a night market each Wednesday. The night market is more about entertainment than shopping. The usual stalls are transformed into seating areas, food vendors, and stages for live music. There are a handful of other stalls selling handmade soaps and candles, homemade fudge, and other pretty gift ideas.
Spanish food vendor at the night market
Food stalls at the night market
Asian BBQ vendor at the night market
While we were there, we took the opportunity to wander around the dairy hall. It was after closing time, and the normally crowded space was unusually quiet.
Quiet dairy hall after closing
Dairy hall at Queen Victoria Market