A trip to Velleron market
A must-see in Vaucluse
Of course, in Provence, markets are certainly not limited in number and provide a fragrant welcome to village squares across the region. However, despite there being plenty of markets to choose from, Velleron market stands out because of its unusual hours – it is one of the rare markets that kick off in the late afternoon.
The place to go for foodies
The regulars make no mistake about it – as soon as the sun begins to set, they’re off to buy their provisions at Velleron market, basket in hand!
Happily stroll among the local farmers’ stalls and you’ll be left inspired by the stands overflowing with beautifully fresh produce.
Start with early seasonal produce – the market boasts courgettes and lovely ripe tomatoes. Then, head towards the cheese maker’s stand to buy some Banon cheese – an absolute essential! Made from goat’s milk and matured in chestnut leaves, this cheese is perfect for bringing a sweet note to your recipes. You can also pick up some creamy Ventoux goats’ cheeses to finish.
Did you know?
The reputation of Velleron market is such that it is included among “Les cent marchés d’exception de France” (France’s 100 exceptional markets)!
– October to March: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 4.30 pm.
– April to September: Every day Monday to Saturday from 6 pm.
Goats’ cheese and courgette millefeuilles
Once you’ve finished at the market, throw yourself into making delicious goats cheese and courgette millefeuilles – a sweet, gourmet dish perfect for summertime!
There’s nothing too complicated involved in the preparation of this lovely dish!
Begin by cutting the peeled courgettes into slices (2 mm in thickness), then steam for 8 minutes.
Next, place a layer of courgette in a metal circle. Season with salt, pepper, and tarragon. Cover with a slice of mozzarella. And repeat!
To finish, place a little goats cheese on the millefeuille and sprinkle flaked almonds on it, then pop it in the oven at 200 degrees.
8 minutes later, it’s ready!
For this recipe (serves 6), you will need:
– 3-4 lovely courgettes
– 6 creamy Ventoux goats’ cheeses
– 1 ball of mozzarella
– Salt, pepper, tarragon
– Flaked almonds