Each Summer, around mi-July and August, my mom and sisters are putting the finishing touches on a large reunion that will bring family members together from around the country and California where my brother Jeff and I are established.

My dad was born in Noailles, near Albi and Gaillac. My mom is native to Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. Albi is a town on the Tarn River in southern France, northeast of Toulouse. Dominating the skyline is the 13th-century, red-brick Sainte-Cécile Cathedral. It was begun in 1282 and was under construction for 200 years. It is claimed to be the largest brick building in the world. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Local produce, farmers and wineries are the delights of this region.

In the family garden, we grow heirloom tomatoes, green beans, squashes, red cabbages, artichokes, beet roots, strawberries, prunes, hazelnuts and so on… From garden to the table, it celebrates the vital link between growing, cooking, and eating food making the experience so unique.

To follow, a video of an epic journey among the most charming farmers markets (filmed in 2015) from Cordes-sur-Ciel and Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. St Antonin Noble Val is a commune in the Tarn-et- Garonne department in the Occitanie region in southern France. Saint-Antonin is a delightful well preserved medieval village in Tarn et Garonne. The market, Sunday morning is lively and full of terrific items on display. You will find all kind of specialties, vegetable, fruit, cheese, bread, saucisse, olives, spices and pastries but also artwork, clothes and pottery. Simply amazing!

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