French Markets–Le Marché

The markets are a thriving tradition and a great attraction in France and long may that last. The markets are where local farmers/producers sell their fresh produce, where one can taste the local cheeses, honey, confiture, saucisson, wines, etc. In the larger towns and at the weekend markets it is usual to find huge dishes of main meals to take away, such as paella, tartiflette and diots* in white wine – (*a local Savoyarde meaty sausage). Along with the common sight and wonderful smells of the ‘poulet roti’ spit roasted chickens with the fat dripping onto roasting potatoes beneath – so if you want a hassle free Sunday lunch find your nearest Sunday market grab your chicken, potatoes and pop along to the boulangerie stall for that crusty french staple le baguette et voila! Not forgetting the patisserie stall nearby for your freshly baked dessert.
Wandering around these markets is tantamount to heaven for me all the wonderful fresh produce, great smells of cooking food, fresh breads, cheeses to taste and a myriad of colour to photograph.

Here is a list of some of the markets in the Haute Savoie – this list is correct at the time of writing, but always best to check with the local Mairie website for the village before setting out. The markets start early in the morning and are normally packing up around midday ready for that next great french tradition to begin – lunch!

Sallanches – Saturday                                             Evian Les Bains – Tuesday, Friday

Annecy old town – Tuesday, Friday, Sunday Divonne – Friday and Sunday
Collonges-sous-Saleve – Sunday Cruseilles – Thursday
Chamonix – Saturday St. Julien en Genevois – Friday
Viry – Saturday Les Gets – Thursday
Annemasse – Tuesday, Friday
Samoëns – Wednesday
Morzine – Wednesday
Abondance – Sunday

check this link for a list of french market days throughout France

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