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Market Day - a Lifestyle Obsession

Associatation of French Markets - Les Marches de France

"There are hundreds of fresh produce markets across the country,
almost all are weekly and 80% are open air".

France is Fascinated by its Food
The French take food seriously and market days are lifestyle-critical. This food fascination is driven by the emphasis on the importance of rural life. There are for instance 561 different AOC - Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée in France: 474 for wine and alcohols, 48 for dairy products and 39 for a variety of fruit vegetables, olive oils , meats, honey, fish products, spices, essential oils. Some 32 million hectares of France's total land area of 55 million hectares is given over to farming. France is the third largest producer of fresh fruit and vegetables in Europe behind Spain and Italy. Now you know why the market is a focal point.

Find a Market
Find every local market in France here just click on the interactive map.  

Open air markets in France
Buy it fresh on France's country wide open air markets,
and often straight from the local farmer

logo - Marche de France
Rocamadour Goats cheese
Look out for the official market logo
Rocamadour cheese and crusty bread

 

Story: Ken Pottinger
editorial@french-news-online.com

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