Best Markets in Provence: Part 1 Provençal
Just about every village in Provence has a weekly market. Some villages have markets that occur twice a week or even daily! Markets are absolutely my favourite part of living in Provence. We can easily spend a day wandering through the stalls and people watching as we sit at a wonky table with a couple of glasses of rosé.
The weekly market is a ritual that is truly part of living in Provence …Continue reading here for Ashley’s favourite markets in Provence – one for each day of the week – along with some extra travel tips on how to make a day out of your trip to the market.
Markets Every Day
No matter your “home” base in the region, rest assured that the drive to a local market will not be far. Almost every city, town and village has a market day, and some larger locations may even have two markets per week. Temptation at a market is everywhere in the piles of produce, fresh fruit, ripening goat cheese, and buckets of olives. However, practice a bit of buyer-beware as some vendors are resellers who buy from large chains and re-package their goods for marketgoers. Study the “Pays d’Origine” tags these little signs tell you where the produce comes from and give you an indication of quality, with #1 being the best. Try to buy local, in-season, and, where possible, directly from the producer.
Most markets start around 8 am and end by 1 pm. Although, there are also several evening markets in the summer months. Check the exact times of the market you plan to visit, as there can be variations throughout the year and the region.