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LES PASTRAS ORGANIC TRUFFLE FARM TOUR – TRUFFLE HUNTING “There are two types of people who eat truffles: those who think truffles are good because they are dear and those who know they are dear because they are good.” — J.L. Vaudoyer Looking for a deliciously unique experience in France? Why not experience Provence, off the beaten track with one of France’s most traditional and secretive countryside traditions: The truffle hunt! LES PASTRAS conducts truffle-hunting tours in English during summer and winter truffle seasons, followed by a sampling of fresh truffle hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, and a tasting of Les Pastras’s olive and truffle oil. An interesting experience, immersed in nature and capped off with fine food for a totally olfactory experience! http://www.lespastras.com

For many people summer is marked by the end of school or the first visit to the local beach but for those who wait all winter for fresh, local ingredients it all begins with the opening of the summer farm markets. These lovely local markets offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the farm and deliver to us a bounty of foods that can’t be found at our local grocery store. Many markets now carry artisanal cheeses, baked goods, humanely raised poultry and beef as well as non-food items such as flowers and honey. So what is the appeal of the market when we are surrounded by grocery stores? Simply put, buying carrots and broccoli has now become a recreational activity. Markets are for the lazy days when we can linger and mingle. We can sip a coffee, chat with the farmers, meet our neighbors and maybe…