Sunday Market at Talensac

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This morning, I queued for twenty minutes for two slices of ham. Then I queued for another fifteen minutes at another deli for three slices of smoked ham, because it was supposedly better at that pork butcher. Then we went to a third deli for some pâté en croûte and other cold cuts.

French do take food seriously. It took us over an hour to assemble all the ingredients needed to feed six people at dinner.

On Sunday, the best option for grocery shopping is the big(ish) market at Talensac. These days, most people “cheat” and stop by one of the small supermarkets that open until 1 p.m. (a novelty in France, where all businesses close on Sundays), but they still go to the market afterwards for fresh fruits and veggies, meat, fish, cheese and dessert. It’s a bit of a rush because you have to make it to the supermarket and to the market before they close. Lineups are long and the most popular stalls sell out very fast. Good luck buying a roasted chicken or the best fish cuts if you show up after 10 p.m.!

When it comes to grocery shopping, I’m both French and Canadian. My French side truly appreciates speciality food, artisanal products and independent butchers, bakers, cheese sellers, etc. It’s fun to eat non-standard food, slightly misshapen slices of bread, tasty pies made with love and zero preservatives. I don’t want my food to have that comfortable, predictable blandness engineered to please as many customers as possible. That said, I also appreciate the efficient, streamlined process developed by franchises and chains where employees can take your order and payment in less than five minutes. I can’t spend the entire day sourcing food all over the city and markets are getting more and more expensive year after year. A single yogurt from the dairyman costs more than a pack of four at the supermarket. Yes, I know, homemade vs. industrial… but unfortunately, I can’t afford that luxury every day, and some (most?) supermarket products are just fine.

I’ll still enjoy the market on weekends. The rest of the time, I’ll buy the bulk of my groceries in supermarkets, and a few specialty products in independant shops.

Sunday Market at Talensac

Sunday Market at Talensac

Cherries at Talensac Market

Cherries at Talensac Market

Cantaloupe at Talensac Market

Cantaloupe at Talensac Market

Sunday Market at Talensac

Sunday Market at Talensac

Watermelon and Cantaloupe at Talensac Market

Watermelon and Cantaloupe at Talensac Market

Fruits at Talensac Market

Fruits at Talensac Market

Sunday Market at Talensac

Sunday Market at Talensac

Cauliflower at Talensac Market

Cauliflower at Talensac Market

Radishes at Talensac Market

Radishes at Talensac Market

Fruits at Talensac Market

Fruits at Talensac Market

Fruits at Talensac Market

Fruits at Talensac Market

Mussels at Talensac Market

Mussels at Talensac Market

Salami at Talensac Market

Salami at Talensac Market

 Pâté en croûte (meat cooked in a crust, eaten cold, sliced, usually with bread)

Pâté en croûte (meat cooked in a crust, eaten cold, sliced, usually with bread)

One of the deli at Talensac Market

One of the delis at Talensac Market

Pork Butcher at Talensac Market

Pork Butcher at Talensac Market

The fruits and veggie stalls outside, from inside the market

The fruits and veggie stalls outside, from inside the market

Cheese at Talensac Market

Cheese at Talensac Market

Cheese at Talensac Market

Cheese at Talensac Market

Dairy products at Talensac Market

Dairy products at Talensac Market

Crêpes (sweet) and galettes (savoury) to go

Crêpes (sweet) and galettes (savoury) to go

Wine shop inside the market

Wine shop inside the market

Fancy pastries at Talensac Market

Fancy pastries at Talensac Market

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13 Comments

  1. Martin Penwald on

    When I lived in Clermont-Ferrand, there was a small supermarket open up to noon on Sunday, so 15 to 20 years ago. It is not that new.

  2. if shops close on Sunday, what do the people do? I’m comparing to where I live now, when weekends all shops open very very late. It will be very hard to find parking spot (and it’s not free! 50 cents/hour) in all shopping complex.

  3. I remember being shocked in Scotland when I saw some 24hrs a day 7 days a week supermarket! And I still can’t get round to the idea of shopping on a Sunday (for clothes / household stuff etc.). It is handy for the odd food item though!

    • I’m really used to shopping on Sundays, but I rarely shop late at night (i.e. past 8 p.m.). I once went shopping at 2 a.m. just to see who else was shopping in the middle of the night 😆

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