hi, i'm doing a 6 week backpacking trek through northern italy and southern france, and i'm on a budget. i do love food, however, and the whole point of my trip is to learn more about food and cooking and wine. while i'm in france (nice, marseilles and small towns in between), and suggestions for where a twenty-something, non-french-speaking female travelling alone might be able to enjoy an authentic meal on a budget? i can splurge here and there, but for the most part, i'm just looking for good, simple, fresh food.
also, i posted about agriturimos in italy on the italy food board, but is there anything similar in southern france? my interests lie in organic and/or natural farming, cheesemaking and sustainable ag. i would love to actually stay on a farm for a few days!