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.

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Caili W.
Caili W.2 years ago

Love it. Thanks for sharing!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener2 years ago


Anne F.
Anne F.2 years ago

Marvelous= thank you

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K.2 years ago

I grow some herbs, including the curry plant above. Many of them are hardy perennials requiring no work, other than occasional watering.

Nyack Clancy
Nyack Clancy2 years ago

Thank you-

Brian M.
Past Member 2 years ago

Lavender is also an excellent herb that I recall from back in the day.

Christine Stewart


Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld2 years ago

Thx for sharing

Melinda K.
Past Member 2 years ago

wow, beautiful stall, farmers markets are a great idea.

Kath P.
Kath P.2 years ago

What a beautiful, beautiful stall. I'd go to that market any day. Thanks for letting us know that such a wonderful thing exists.