Saturday is Market Day

Around here Saturdays are Market Days. As you know one of my favorite pastimes is discovering new food and my other favorite activity is spending time outdoors. Therefore wandering around an outdoor food market is pretty much the best combo ever. Lucky for me just about every village in France and Switzerland, no matter how small, has a fabulous food market. So without fail I spend my Saturday mornings exploring inspiring food stands with basket in hand to stock up on fresh, seasonal ingredients.

I tend to stick to my friendly neighborhood market in Carouge, Switzerland since my favorite producers there have gotten to know me well enough to put up with my broken French. But today was an extra special market day. Our friends, Becca and Matt, convinced us to check out the Ferney-Voltaire market. Ferney-Voltaire, named after the famous French writer, is a small village on the border, just minutes outside of Geneva. If you like snails, oysters, fromage, vino, and meat so fresh that they haven’t had time to skin it, then this is the market for you.

The end result is that 90% of what we eat on the weekends comes straight from the farm (healthy bonus) and eating turns into a serious adventure (warning: below photos include graphic material).

Tonight on the menu we’ll be indulging in Poached Pear & Endive Salad, a nearly two kilo trout (that’s gonna be a fun one to cook) and Butternut Squash Risotto. For this time around we decided to skip the cute furry rabbits and our feathered friends.

Disclaimer: My husband is sporting a stache for the month of November to raise awareness for Movember. Come December 1st the barbell has got to go!

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2 Responses to “Saturday is Market Day”

  1. brittany says:

    Yes love this Elyse! Makes me want to be right there with you. We’ll do the american version of this when you come to visit. xoxo

  2. Caren says:

    Interesting pics. So, how are your chicken plucking skills coming along?

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