An Enviable Herbal Harvest in France
While on a recent trip to France, photographer Mimi Giboin pulled out her camera and took some snaps of an out-of-the-ordinary herb stand run by Christine Bouquet (yes, that’s her name) at the local farmers’ market.
“Christine’s stall is bit disheveled, in a good way,” Mimi says. “The herbs she offers, you just don’t find them anywhere else in the market. She specializes in seasonal and forgotten varieties of herbs, spices, and heirloom tomatoes. Christine’s mother raised and sold flowers, and Christine worked alongside her throughout her school years. She ended up buying her grandparents’ farm, and now she runs an organic herb, vegetable, and spice garden. She works from dawn until dusk; she’s on a mission to make us comfortable using foreign flavors in cooking.”
Christine can be found at the Central Market Royan, facing the boulevard Aristide-Briand; on the weekend off-season and daily in season.
Photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista.
Above: Braided garlic bulbs hanging from a pole.
Above: Mint and sage on display.
Above: An array of tomatillos.
Above: L’hélichrysum Italicum, a flowering plant of the daisy family, or what Christine calls the “curry plant”; she uses it in Indian cooking.
Are you headed to your local farmers’ market this week? If so, consider a sturdy straw tote for carrying fresh produce.
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