If you find yourself in Provence, France on a Wednesday, make an early morning trek to the farmers market in Saint-Rémy. As I mentioned in my previous posts, the famous French markets in France were my contribution to planning our trip.
The first farmers market we went to was in Nice. I woke up early so I could walk through the market before we had to leave town. It was wonderful and I, unsurprisingly, imagined walking to the market to pick up my food and flowers for the week (to take back to my imaginary French apartment of course) if we lived there. The hype had been built up even more, however, for the market in Saint-Rémy. They have markets Wednesday and Saturday, but it’s the Wednesday St. Rémy market that they’re famous for – and rightly so…
French Farmers Market in Saint-Remy
We woke up early in Avignon to drive the 25 minutes to Saint-Rémy. We checked into our hotel early and walked into the old town center where the market consumes every alley, nook, and corner. The market is huge and quite literally has a little bit of everything but not too much of any one thing. Everything from cheese, meats, and produce to food trucks, handmade goods, clothes, shoes, and pottery.
It wanders around the old part of town and with each turn around the corner. It’s stunning to see it continuing on and on. I spotted a bag at one stall and when we wanted to find it again, it was difficult. I think we rewalked the entire market (at least once?) to find it again. It was hard to keep it straight and, honestly, we kept getting distracted by all the other stalls!
But a real highlight of the market were the musicians. They were all remarkably good. One group especially caught our attention, however, and we couldn’t walk away!