In my travels to France, I’ve written about the wonderful weekly markets you’ll find across the lovely villages of Provence. Here the local vendors set up their wares, and in addition to the fresh produce, cheeses and other foods, you’ll always find a myriad of locally produced items that beg to find a spot in your suitcase going home.
And now, just in time for the holidays, at Chez Suzette I’ve created the “Journey to Provence” French Market basket, full of a variety of items from several different markets personally selected by me to represent the quintessential Provence. Everything is packaged in a keepsake box and adorned with a bottle of dried lavender buds from Provence.
Here’s a list of what you’ll find inside:
- 100% cotton kitchen towel from Les Tissages du Soleil, with the lovely La Lavande (lavender) or olive and lavender woven design, from the weekly market in Aix-en-Provence where beautiful linens are found each week in a rainbow of gorgeous Provençal colors.
- Herbes de Provence from the weekly market in Lourmarin, specially harvested, blended and packaged by Alain Fialaix. Use this aromatic mixture in salads, on chicken or grilled meats, in egg dishes, on vegetables or add to olive oil for dipping bread.
- Sel de Camargue from the market in Coustellet — this fleur de sel sea salt is hand harvested from the Camargue in Provence, the flat, marshy areas of the Rhone delta. A good saunier signs his work, so you will find on the cork-topped pot the name of the gentleman who gathered that particular batch of salt.
- Provençal pottery bowl, or coupelle, from the fairytale picturesque village of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with a hand painted olive design. Perfect for serving olive tapenade (recipe included) or other spreads, or anything you’d like.
- Spoon made from smooth, honey-colored olive wood from the weekly market in St. Maximim. Olive wood is very dense and one of the hardest woods there is, making it the perfect choice for kitchen utensils. Best not to place in dishwasher or let soak in water — hand wash only.
- Rosemary honey candies from Saint Zacharie — a little treat!
- Dijon Mustard (moutarde) with Herbes de Provence from the weekly market in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Use as a condiment or to make a vinaigrette for salad.
- Savon de Marseille, lavender-scented soap from the weekly market in Aix-en-Provence. This all natural soap is made in the over 300-year old tradition with strict adherence to purity.
- Linen sachet filled with heavenly lavender buds from the weekly market in Lourmarin.
- Vintage French postcard — each one a unique glimpse into lives from years ago. Have some fun making up a story for your card — who was the sender, who was the lucky recipient? Family, friends or lovers?
I have a limited quantity of these Journey to Provence boxes left, they are priced at $65, and now just in time for the holidays I am offering them to Chez Suzette blog readers at a 15% discount! I am also offering free delivery in the metro Atlanta area and free shipping within the United States.
The Journey to Provence box also makes a lovely hostess gift, and is perfect for birthdays and Mother’s Day. If you are reading this blog, I’ll just bet you know a special someone who would LOVE to receive this Journey box as a gift!
Again, quantities are limited (I only have 10 left!) so please order soon. Just send me an email to email@example.com or contact me through the Chez Suzette website. To guarantee delivery in time for Christmas, order must be received by December 15.
Many thanks to Chez Suzette followers who have purchased this Journey to Provence box in the past. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback and so happy hear how much the lucky recipients loved their Journey boxes!