Saturday is market day here so after a quick breakfast it’s straight off to the nearby town of Epernay. Held in a beautiful glazed hall, the market is 100% dedicated to fresh produce and you’ll find everything from fresh fruit and veg to oysters, homemade jams, whole skinned rabbits and fresh flowers. Oh and did I mention the cheese!
We normally start with a recce circuit of the stalls and then head back to some favourites to buy a selection of bits and pieces for lunch – after all there’s nothing more frustrating than seeing all this amazing produce and not being able to buy any of it! Cheeses, pate and saucisson are always popular but I’ve had guests buy prawns, rotisserie chicken, smoked salmon, scallops – the choice is yours.
It’s also a good opportunity to grab gifts for folks back home. The local jams and honeys are a popular choice and there is also a nice artisan chocolate stall here sometimes (although somehow the chocolates always seem to get eaten before they get back home!)
Last stop is always the boulangerie across the road. This is your chance to choose some beautiful patisseries for lunchtime dessert – also on the list is bread to go with your lunch and some rather special raspberry glazed pain au chocolate to enjoy with a coffee back at the barge.
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