Well summer is allegedly here, and with it comes the Departmental show, Promaude. 55,000 visitors in four days is the Promaude organiser’s claim, though as it is free and their is not toll agte how they actually verify those figures is a little hard to imagine- maybe their are Departmental functionaries who sit at the gate counting, somehow I doubt it. But it is quite big anyway, certainly beats our little Laroque de Fa market hands down.
What it is is certainly long, we have to be there on Thursday to register, pay our money and get checked out by the security commission, then Friday is the big school day when all the kids from the department get bussed in for a tour, so Friday will be a dead day really for plant sellers.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday should be better I hope but we have been warned that we won’t sell much stuff but we will get to talk ourselves senseless. But a lot of markets are like that as well, they are a slow to trust bunch the folk from around here, often you will have long conversations for weeks on end with passers by in the market while they suss out if you know what you are talking about, then finally one day they will put their hands into their pockets and buy something. Anyway we will see how it goes, this year we are being supported by the Pays Corbieres Minervois, a fancy Community of Communes bunch, that have invited 8 new agricultural projects to their stand, so its 13o euro and not the usual 460. If you do the maths on 460 that is approximately 230 plants just to pay for the stand, no chance I’m paying that. However talking to folks on Sunday they are flexible, one guy said they started at 450, and eventually dropped down to free- and he still didn’t do it.
Sunday at the Organic market in Villesque Corbieres was very interesting, as well as being a good and fun market I meet the owner of the new resto, in Villesque des Corbieres, the Place des Marches Bistro, who invited me over after the market and poured Rose down my neck and ordered a load of plants, and I also met Andre from the association Terres a Sac, who has now been elected as the new Mayor of Paziols- possibly the only Socialist gain in the whole of the South. We had a long chat about organising an organic evening market in Paziouls he was very enthusiastic, well for Andre he was, so we will see how that develops.