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lucyhh Jul 1st, 2013 04:52 PM

THE BEST MARKETS IN PROVENCE
 
WOULD LIKE TO GET THE SCOOP ON THE BEST MARKETS IN PROVENCE FOR TEXTILES , CHEESE , POTTERY AND ART . WE WILL BE ARRIVING EARLY SEPTEMBER FOR A 2 WEEK STAY .

millie2112 Jul 2nd, 2013 12:41 AM

why are you shouting????

crazyfamilyof4 Jul 2nd, 2013 01:12 AM

I haven't been to any others but I am in love with the Saturday markets over here in Uzes. And I found the prices great . .taste testing was given for free and most were happy with my poor attempt of French and happy to speak there english

Ackislander Jul 2nd, 2013 01:30 AM

The market in Aix is both very large and high quality.

Gretchen Jul 2nd, 2013 02:29 AM

Get the Michelin Green Guide to Provence and it will list them all. And also, don't shout. We can hear.

rosemaryoz Jul 2nd, 2013 03:23 AM

Which part of Provence will you be staying in? I really like the markets in St Remy, Lourmarin and L'Isle sur la Sorgue. Aix is great too, but it is a bigger town, rather than a village, so very busy. Still a beautiful place though.

cindyj Jul 2nd, 2013 04:12 AM

I am also interested in visiting a market. Unfortunately, we will only be in Provence for 2 nights, and Saturday would be the best day to visit a market. We will be staying in St Remy. Does anyone know what markets are on Saturdays or Fridays?

Christina Jul 2nd, 2013 09:28 AM

What does textiles mean? Do you want tablecloths or raw bolts of cloth or what?

I think to some extent, I wouldn't worry about which one has the best cheese, the people who make cheese and sell it go to various markets, not just one. Some are just bigger than others, it seems to me, although some are kind of known for a particular thing (like Isle sur la Sorgue for antiques).

Here's a list of all Provencal markets by day http://www.beyond.fr/a/markets-by-day-all.html

some other good compilations http://www.marches-provence.com/
http://www.avignon-et-provence.com/m...m#.UdMOPjvU9P0

I think the larger markets are in the larger towns/cities and then you have more stuff, generally. Aix and St Remy have big markets, so does Uzes and Apt. Bedoin has a nice market which cheese and fabrics, etc., on Mondays. info http://www.bedoin.org/marche-provenc...2/details.aspx

dorkforcemom Jul 2nd, 2013 09:53 AM

Gordes was my favorite, happy travels!

cindyj Jul 2nd, 2013 01:34 PM

Thank you for the help. We are big market shoppers here in the US and I have made it a point of visiting markets on other trips, including Athens. I'm excited to see some Sunday listings and now will just need to plan my route between St Remy and Valloire (Alps) on Sunday and enjoy lavender and markets! Bliss!

grandmere Jul 2nd, 2013 03:33 PM

When we stayed in the Luberon for 2 weeks several years ago, we would see the same vendors at the different markets, as Christina said. Eg, honey vendor in Gordes on Tues., same man, different village on Wed., etc.

The Sat. market in Uzes is wonderful, and the woman we're rent the house from again in Oct. says that her favorite is Villeneuve-les-Avignon, just across the river from Avignon, on Sat. also.

willowjane Jul 2nd, 2013 03:53 PM

Bookmarking for future trip. Thanks to all.

cigalechanta Jul 2nd, 2013 03:57 PM

too many I have never visited but liked Apt, Carpentras, uzes,
St Remy, For Brocantes, I liked Ilse-sur-la-sorge and Villeneuve-Les-Avignon where I stayed once for over two weeks

Ackislander Jul 3rd, 2013 03:03 AM

Christina's point is important. As with Green Markets in Boston or New York, the same vendors show up again and again at street markets in France and Italy. Missing someone in one town doesn't mean they are gone forever. You just find out where the market is next day.

Depending on the time of year, what you see in the market may or may not be local. What you buy on the stall may come from Tunisia or Israel or Bulgaria as often as being grown locally. Markets feature local items, but they also substitute for supermarkets for many who want one-stop shopping, at least for fruit, vegetables, and meat. But because the distribution chain is fairly short, the quality of what you buy is likely to be fairly high. Think Whole Foods and Whole Foods prices, only in Euros.

AGM_Cape_Cod Jul 3rd, 2013 04:29 AM

As Ackislander and Christina said the same vendors go from market to market. However don't wait to buy non-food thinking you will see them at the next market even if you had seen them there the previous week. Also the market may not be selling local fruits and vegetable but by law they are required to post where it comes from. I love the French markets! Have fun.

jw518 Aug 30th, 2013 07:36 PM

Bookmarking

DebitNM Aug 30th, 2013 07:52 PM

While many vendors do move from market to market, there are many that do not. We were in The Luberon for 5 weeks at the beginning of this year. We did a lot of our grocery shopping at the markets and there were some that were only in one place. In particular was a wonderful butcher that had not only uncooked products but had a wonderful assortment of rotisseried meat and poultry and was only in Lourmarin. We went each week to stock up for the upcoming week. Duck,rabbit, pork, chickens, ribs, etc Mmmmm.


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