On Sundays, all the stores are closed but a couple of bakeries and a bunch of bars (French can’t live without a supply of booze). Even though these quiet Sundays are kind of a recurring event and a tradition in France, most people still need to shop on Sunday—a baguette, a few slices of jambon blanc, a roasted chicken, maybe some deli specialties like a good portion of taboulé, pâté or other charcuterie. So, people go to the nearest market. Even in large cities like Nantes, producers come from all over the region to sell their fruits and vegetables, and they add to the smaller daily market.
These days, going to the market is almost a political act. Buying local, buying organic, buying less and buying better quality products in general is the trend. However, doing so has a price. Contrary to popular belief, markets aren’t cheap. In fact, supermarkets are almost always cheaper but for a few specialty items.
It’s a great place for people watching and to take picture of food, though, and to immerse yourself into the culture. I hadn’t seen that much seafood in a long time!
You can find all the picture in the France 2015 set.