Monday, 9 November 2009

Strawberries in November?

Coustellet farmers marketNo, this isn't an old photo dug out from the stock. It was taken at last week's Sunday farmers' market - local field strawberries! The farmer who was selling them (250 grams baskets for 2.50 euro each) said it was the first time ever that he still had strawberries to sell on November 1st, and not grown in a greenhouse either! Should we blame global warming again?

Ces petites mara des bois bien appétissantes ne sortent pas d'une vieille photo d'archive, je les ai trouvées au marché paysan de Coustellet dimanche dernier. Ces barquettes (2,50 euros les 250 grammes) étaient les quatre dernières. L'agriculteur qui les vendait m'a dit que c'était bien la première fois qu'il vendait des fraises de plein champ le 1er novembre. Encore une conséquence du réchauffement climatique ?

The strawberries (can you see them here?) were really an oddity in a market definitely turned autumny where pumpkins were the main fare and leaves fell like a golden rain at the slightest sweep of a light breeze.

Ces fraises (les voyez-vous ici?) étaient vraiment les intruses dans un marché qui avait pris une couleur radicalement automnale avec les potirons qui tenaient la vedette et des feuilles qui tombaient en rafales dorées à la moindre sollicitation d'Eole.

25 comments:

Sharon said...

It does make you wonder! They are sure big, plump, red ones. I wonder how they taste.

Virginia said...

Nathalie,
I have one of those gorgeous "Cinderella" pumpkins on my front porch. Les fraises et delicieux? ( Ok that's my try without help). Now with translation: "Les fraises semblant délicieuses. Will I ever learn this lovely, but difficult language mon amie???
V

Lady P said...

oh i just love the colors of this season - and i would have willingly paid that much for the oddity of eating a strawberry in Fall - we still have a few tomatoes on the vine and roses still blooming - but the cold really is here now, i believe, and all of that will soon be a distant memory

Leif Hagen said...

Well, did you BUY some strawberries? And if you did, did they turn into a strawberry dessert?

Davine said...

Yummy, I had strawberries, ice-cream and cream for desert last night. I just love farmers markets not just for the food but the stall holders and customers as well.

Dina said...

Lovely close-up of the rare fruit.
But what a price.

Kim said...

Did you sample one and were they sweet? I would have purchased his artichokes for sure! It all looks so lovely.

Avignon said...

C'est parce qu'elle étaient timides. Elles ont mis longtemps à sortir. D'ailleurs, t'as qu'à voir : elles sont toutes rouges.

L'abbé Depaille said...

Mais la bonne question est :
comment étaient-elles au goût ???

Babzy said...

Effectivement très surprenant !

Nathalie said...

I have to confess I didn't buy any so I can't tell you how they tasted. My purse and I figured the price was a bit high but retrospectively I think I should have indulged... regrets, regrets!

Je dois avouer que je n'en ai pas acheté, je ne peux pas vous dire si elles étaient bonnes - mon porte-monnaie et moi avons calé devant le prix mais rétrospectivement j'ai des regrets, je me dis que j'aurais dû, je cherche à retrouver mentalement leur saveur si fine... maintenant pas avant l'année prochaine.

Peter said...

I don’t know about the global warming here, but my pleasure is to see products coming directly from the farm, something I have difficulties to find here in Paris, even if I go to the open – or covered – markets! The tomatoes are mostly the same that you find in the supermarket.

Adam said...

Does the sticker say 'Fraises des Bois'? They certainly don't look like wild strawberries.

Nathalie said...

Adam no, the sticker says "mara des bois" which is a variety of strawberry commonly grown locally, and one of the best tasting ones ever, along with the "gariguette".

Thérèse said...

Au moins le prix de la fraise se calcule vite... lol

Shell Sherree said...

They certainly look pretty ~ I love the little baskets they're held in, too! Thank you for popping in and for your message ~ you're most kind and I'm sure I'll be taking you up on that, Nathalie. :)

Bergson said...

que vaut il mieux des fraises à 2,50 € ou un potimaron à 2 ,5 €

les deux pour les gourmands

Zuleme said...

Is that Coustellet? Here today it is warm enough to have the windows open. No strawberries in New England in November though!

Drew said...

Before we say too much about global warming I need to finish my strawberries and ice cream please, lol. It is good to see farmers who have the chance to sell more fresh produce. I think about the fact we need to return to the basics of having more farmers growing food.

HereBeDragons said...

Beautiful! I do love the farmers markets. Got some strange tropical fruit, but passed on our strawberries, because they were $4 for a wee basket. I guess I didn't think much of it, living in Southern California. In fact, I just planted some strawberries!

Nice capture of the market.

Marie-Noyale said...

Et pas n'importe quelles fraises!!
Ce doit etre un bon dessert apres un potage a la citrouille!

jeff said...

Tient ! 13 courges qui ont survécus à Halloween ! ! !... Mais pas pour longtemps !...
Heeeuu... on dit potiron ! Sorry pour les courges !...;-)

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Owen said...

Hmmm, je pense que ces fraises iraient très bien avec un peu de crème de.... et oui... Chantilly ! La bonne, l'originale, et servies dans un bol de porcelaine de... et oui... Chantilly ! Comme quoi le Sud et le Nord peuvent se rencontrer ailleurs que dans le Pays de Ch'tis...

Lud said...

This photo in close is perfect!
I love the strawberries!
In fact, I have planted some strawberries, but they never grow up! :(

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