Sunday, September 12, 2010

Journeys through Deutchland - The Farmers' Market

For the next little while, I will post some stories from my adventures in Germany this summer.  The Germans are very different than Canadians.  The trip was a success, even with some lost items and crazy driving through winding roads in the Alps.  10 days + 2 for travel.  I will dedicate a few posts to the peculiarities and interesting elements that make Germany such a magical place.

Almost every town in Germany centres around a town square in which a farmers' market can be found almost daily.  The beauty of the fruits, veggies, and mushrooms is second only to their rich taste and tantalizing aroma.
Actually, some of the fruit and veggies look almost unreal.  Too perfect. No blemishes, perfectly shaped, and the perfect ripeness.  I questioned whether they use pesticides and chemicals, but it doesn't seem to be the case.  The produce is just fresh from the fields, straight to the market.

The most exciting items where in the mushroom category.  The freshly picked chantrelle mushrooms are used in most of the restaurants as a side dish or as the main part of the dish.  The perfection of these mushrooms in a simple butter and cream sauce is a gourmand's dream! I wish to have a forest in my backyard filled with wild mushroom!


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