The "truffle people" find the truffles in the ground and bring them to market. Every Tuesday in Lalbenque, France there is a truffle market. It is really quite an interesting spectacle to behold.
The market opens precisely at 2:30. There are wooden benches lined up along the sidewalk which is roped off from the public. The truffle people start early by laying out their baskets or bags of truffles for the customers to appreciate,
The customers assess the quality of the truffles mostly by smelling them.
We were there early so we sat across from the "market" and had a drink while we waited for the action to begin.
As it gets closer to 2:30, the crowd starts to build. Many are buyers but most are just spectators.
What happens next takes place in the kitchen. The chef at our hotel mixed his truffles into the beaten eggs the night before. The next morning he whipped up an "omelet au truffle" which ended up on our plates for us to appreciate. It was pretty tasty.
This was a very interesting "slice of life" in France. Who knew that a little ball of fungus would attract so much attention.