Wherever the site, wandering around the market is a pleasure that seems to be instinctive. However, the markets in the South of France have the added benefit of the sun and luminosity (in winter, when the temperature isn't always that warm!) that also leads to more exotic food stands.
some of the warmth made its way up here to the north-east.
As the French countryside tries to withstand the industrialisation of the landscape fortunately the markets
still serve as an outlet to producers who would perhaps find it difficult to make a livelihood, faced with the competition from the large supermarkets which try to cash in on this desire for produce of les terroirs.
Nothing can really take the place of fresh produce that isn't shrouded in plastic, shrink wrapped or
doused in preservatives.
There's also the added bonus of being able to taste the goods before buying - rows of jam and honey, syrup, biscuits, wild-boar ham, olive oil and much more besides....My children had a field day!