Velleron night market is one of the best producer’s markets in Southern France. It has been continually included within the 100 “marchés d’exception” in France by the Conseil National des Arts Culinaires.
This is not a tourist market.
In Provence, we have some of the most beautiful markets in the world. Check out my photos from various Provencal markets as well as markets in other parts of France and beyond.
An enormous foodie who has sold stuffed Provencal tomatoes in the markets for 2 years, I'm well acquainted with the best products and sellers. I offer market tours all year round in the towns of Gordes, Saint Remy de Provence, Eygalieres and Isle sur la Sorgue.
Today and tomorrow Avignon is particularly in the mood for some Christmas spirit. Carols are playing all throughout the town and the fairy lights have been left on!
The main Christmas market (outside the town hall) is open as well as the classy Christmas festivities happening at La Hotel Mirande.
I must admit, and you’ve probably noticed, that I am minorly obsessed with markets. Despite generally scheduling my entire week around whichever market I would like to visit, I sometimes just can’t get to the market I want to with the best produce. Since living in France my standards have become very high! Believe it or not, depending on the weekly market you frequent, the freshest vegetables may not be found there. Instead, why don’t you try your local farm shop in Provence?
I haven’t even begun my Christmas shopping. Oh my…
The Christmas markets have already started here in Provence but now it’s getting serious. Stacks of foie gras and artisan chocolates are piled high in the grocery stores, the smell of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine is already in the city streets. The countryside is permeated with the smell of wood fire oozing out of farmhouse chimneys (jealous!). It’s time to snuggle into the cold weather.
I’ve been to many, many village Christmas markets here in Provence throughout the past 2 years. The ambiance, product selection, and general joy of a Christmas market doesn’t necessarily depend on the size or beauty of a town. There are a couple factors; firstly, I’m sorry, but it must be outside. Secondly, I find the shorter markets that are held over a weekend or a day are much better than the longer ones due to general turn-out, ambiance and the energy of the stallholders. Thirdly, the more choice in gourmet products…of course the better! So, grab a scarf and brave the Mistral winds with a plastic cup full of mulled wine. Taste the nougat, faugasse, sacristin and all other traditional Christmas confections. It’s time to indulge.
Every year Robin and I visit the weekend-long Christmas market that takes place in Sénas. I love this market. It’s so different than any of the others in the small towns in the Bouches du Rhône or Vaucluse regions. You really get into the Christmas spirit with the German influence that comes from the costumed Alsatian stallholders. There are over 100 stalls selling crafts, artisanal food products from Provence as well as Alsace.
The last Sunday in November there has been for the past 6 years the Foire Gourmand au Gras. This annual market is not for the faint of heart. It’s here that many locals stock up on Christmas seasonal treats from the South West of France. The ‘fat’ festival includes mountains of foie gras, oysters, truffles, champagne, all manner of high-quality poultry and other regional products.
For more information about St Remy Market here.
The smell of wood fires has returned to the air. The cuts of meat have completely changed at the butchers. The markets start a little later and clementines are all of a sudden in abundance. The leaves on the grapevines are a dark red and the Christmas markets (including some of my favourites) are already here!
Here is my selection of upcoming November events in the Bouches du Rhone region (and a little more) of Provence.
The Sunday antique market at Carpentras is my favourite weekly antique market. As you may already know, the town of Isle sur la Sorgue is the king of antiques in the south of France. If you are looking for a particular style, period, or piece of furniture etc and have lots of extra cash- then Isle sur la Sorgue is definitely the place. The Carpentras Brocante is more low key. It is a Puces-Brocante (flea market) which means that it’s wonderfully somewhere between a vide-grenier (garage sale) and a brocante (full-blown antique market). The prices are much lower than Isle sur la Sorgue even though there are still many quality items….