Market Day

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The weekend is market day in France, and as you know, French take food seriously. Hundreds of locals browse the crowded étalages of fruits, vegetables, specialty food and other delicacies, from spicy salami and ham to crêpes and goat cheese, from fancy cakes to freshly-caught fish.

I usually don’t have much time to cook (and eat!) with Mark and even though I don’t crave French food, I was happy to buy several kinds of cheese and bread for lunch. Mark didn’t seem to mind the crowd and the shouting match between vendors: “my cheese is the best, the best!” “Can’t have fish any fresher than that!” “Taste my strawberries, local strawberries here!”

Times have changed though, you can tell by the weekly markets. First, there are more ready-to-eat meal options than before, such as roasted chicken, salads, savoury pies, etc.—people no longer cook from scratch. There are also more “world food” offered, even in a relatively small and homogenous city like Nantes: Chinese food with spring rolls and “Cantonese rice” (stir-fried rice), Indian samosas, dishes from exotic islands, etc. Mind you, none of these foods is really exotic, it is quite bland compared to the “real deal” but for French it is still quite new.

Finally, many of the vendors are from Spain or from Northern Africa, reflecting some new diversity. Markets are definitely a snapshot of a country!

You can see the complete set of pictures of France here.

French Market

French Market

Wine Testing

Wine Testing

Fresh Fish

Fresh Fish

Giant Sea Spiders

Giant Sea Spiders

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and Veggies

Salmon Antipasto

Salmon Antipasto

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese

French Cheese

French Cheese

Goat Cheese

Goat Cheese

French Market

French Market

Radishes

Radishes

Eggs

Eggs

Onions

Onions

Asparagus and Strawberries

Asparagus and Strawberries

Avocados

Avocados

Artichokes

Artichokes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Veggies

Veggies

Savoury Antipasto

Savoury Antipasto

Small Pastries

Small Pastries

Italian Pastries

Italian Pastries

Mark at the Market

Mark at the Market

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16 Comments

  1. I’m surprised to see that all the price tags are in Euro only. When I was in Paris two weeks ago all the price tags mentioned Euro AND Franc, only 11 years after the Euro replaced the Franc and many other currencies.
    Or maybe it’s only in grocery stores, I didn’t actually visit a market.

  2. I love markets like these; it always makes me want to go buy a bunch of stuff and make a picnic! Or buy a multi-course meal over several stages and eat them one by one while walking. 🙂

    I know what you mean with the shouting, when we were in Amsterdam earlier this year, the street market there also engaged in heavy-duty shouting, and I was convinced I should try the “lekkere kippen” (tasty chicken), which was chicken finger food with peanut sauce.

  3. Hi Salut,
    Bienvenue au pays! You can’t have a visit back to France without going to the market. This one looks particuarly well stocked 🙂
    I am looking forward to seeing your posts 😉
    Profitez-en bien!

  4. Such a mean post, when we are sat in our front room super hungry because we forgot to go shopping before today (Canada Day), when all of the shops are shut! Oh, I want some food!!

  5. I really miss the outdoor markets in France. One of the things that surprised me about Denmark was the lack of markets. There is what I would call a “luxury” market here in Copenhagen, but it’s just not the same. Your pictures are really colourful!

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