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 every local market in France here just
click on the interactive map.
Buy it fresh on France's country wide
open air markets,
and often straight from the local farmer
Look out for the official
Rocamadour cheese and