The sale of truffles
The sale of truffles remains quite exclusive and secret. Truffle
harvesters gather generally each week at truffle markets, which
take place in different villages depending upon the day of the week.
The largest market in the Drome is in Richerenche in the
Tricastin region and is held on a Saturday; that of Carpentras
in the Vaucluse is held on Fridays; and in the southwest
Tuesday is when the market in Albencque takes place.
the market, the buyers or inter-mediaries arrive, open the trunks
of their cars, set up their scales and are ready to sell their marvelous
The truffle harvesters, or sellers then walk about with burlap sacks
full of truffles, talk among themselves, discuss the weather, the
weeks harvest, and hypothetical prices each one of them hoping to
obtain the highest price!.
some of the sellers, the buyer is already chosen, and thus trusts
having been established there is no need to bargain with other buyers.
However the majority of the sellers propose their goods to numerous
buyers, in order to take the pulse of pricing.
Once the sale is made, everyone goes to the corner bistrot for a
pastis before lunch.
The atmosphere around the market really must be experienced, but
besides the rather mysterious spectacle the air is redolent of the
perfume of truffles.
The buyer or agent is the central actor in the sale of truffles;
there are very few, perhaps 20, and it is in fact they who fix the
prices depending upon demand from negociants and restaurants.
The truffles then leave for their destination, merely sorted and
not yet washed.