St. Jean d'Angely, with a population of ca. 8000 people, is the closest town to our hamlet where you will find a weekly market. Held Wednesdays and Saturdays, we got to check it out today.
A market to me is not only what it has to offer, but the setting as well. This one is located in the city centre, part indoors, part market square. A busy market square, lined with shops, Cafes and offices.Which certainly adds to the whole atmosphere.
While you find some clothing vendors, it's safe to say that 95% on offer is food. And besides the chicken rotisserie we did not see any prepared food vendors, which is the biggest difference to me, compared to your average North American Farmers' market venue. People come to buy food for cooking it seems. Not to eat. Socializing happens while standing around, not eating Waffles or Hamburgers. or in a Cafe after all are done shopping.
A wide range of products are available at this market, what surprised me the most was how busy the place was. Especially the butchers and fish mongers had line ups all morning. There was only one baker on site, maybe because there are five Boulangeries within 3 minutes of that market?
We bought some basics for weekend cooking, but my best score must be the Anchovies. Pickled, not salted, I used to buy them at Lina's in Calgary.
Though I set myself a goal of not comparing prices of anything on this Blog, as the grass is NOT greener on the other side, I have to say it. These Anchovies were about 75% less here than what I paid for them in Calgary. And that's amazing.
THE SQUARE OUTSIDE
IT'S A BUSY PLACE
THE ATLANTIC IS ONLY 50KM AWAY, FRESH FISH
SMALL DELI BOOTH
IT'S A BUSY PLACE
PATES, RILLETES AND MOUSSE
SEE THE TONGUE?
FOOD THAT HAS WINGS
OYSTERS. FRANCE IS THE LARGEST PRODUCER IN EUROPE
MAIS OUI, LES MACARONS
VEGETABLES AND FRUITS