Thursday, 20 August 2009

Velleron's farmers market

Velleron
While the Sunday market in l'isle sur la sorgue is one of the largest in France, this one in Velleron just a few kilometers away makes no such claims. It's a true farmers' market with a no frills approach: every day at 6:00 pm (except Sunday) local producers gather on a large car park, open the back of their vans and display their daily pick. Here you will find the freshest locally grown fruit and vegetables, and nothing else. The prices are often the cheapest around. The market typically lasts about 2 hours but I suggest you get there early or most of the produce will have been sold.

Alors que le marché du dimanche à l'isle sur la sorgue est l'un des plus grands de France, à juste quelques kilomètres celui de Velleron n'a pas cette prétention. Son attrait est d'être un vrai marché paysan, sans chichis. Tous les soirs à 18 h (sauf le dimanche), les producteurs locaux viennent se garer sur un grand parking en terre battue et vendent la récolte du jour à l'arrière de leurs camionettes. Vous trouverez ici les fruits et les légumes du pays et rien d'autre. Difficile de faire plus frais, et souvent moins cher.
Selon le règlement, "
la vente ne commence qu'au signal du garde responsable. Les marchandises exposées doivent être de qualité saine, loyale et marchande, sous une présentation soignée. Le Marché Agricole de Velleron est et restera le marché des fruits et légumes régionaux (production locale exclusivement)". Le marché dure deux heures environ mais il est recommandé de venir tôt, les produits partent vite.
Two farmers tasting their own melon.
Deux fermiers goûtant leurs propres melons.

17 comments:

Olivier said...

j'adore ce reglement, cela devrait etre comme cela dans tous les marchés. Et puis les marchands semblent vraiment heureux de vendre leurs produits locaux

Bergson said...

Mais si on applique le règlement sur la qualité saine beaucoup de marché vont disparaitre

claude said...

Je pourrais faire aussi un marché paysan avec toutes mes grosses tomates (plus grosses que celle de la première photo, mes poivrons, verts, mes tomates cerises, mes betteraves rouges, mes choux blancs et j'en passe. Que du bio !C'est un marché intelligent que celui dont nous raconte le règlement.

Babzy said...

Tous les soirs ... ça donne envie , je prendrais bien un panier de melons !

Anonymous said...

De Montréal ou je suis en ce moment, je vois des images de MON marché... Merci, Nathalie...
Chriscot

Louis Duke said...

Looks so fun!

Ali said...

No frills farmer's markets are the best kind, in my opinion! :)

Books,Coffee,etc.... said...

Nathalie said,"The Sunday market in l'isle sur la sorgue is one of the largest in France."
Wow!

"...Here you will find the freshest locally grown fruit and vegetables, and nothing else. The prices are often the cheapest around..."
Hmmm...

"The market typically lasts about 2 hours but I suggest you get there early or most of the produce will have been sold."

Merci, for the tip and for sharing with your readers...the happenings at l'isle sur la sorgue, one of the largest markets in France.

DeeDee ;-D

yvelinoise said...

La différence de clientèle saute aux yeux, c'est beaucoup moins chichiteux !

Recherchant des poésies provençales, je suis tombée par hasard sur celle ci qui célèbre L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
http://poemes-provence.fr/lisle-sur-la-sorgue/

pour moi ça tient plus du pamphlet que de la poésie lyrique, mais grâce à elle, j'ai appris ce qu'est un Négo Chin
http://www.negochin.fr/

Le monument à la gloire de la fraise de Velleron
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13619634
lui m'a laissée songeuse ;-)

James said...

This place looks fantastic. I bet the food taste so good. We have markets like that here too.
France is an amazing place.

Sandy K. said...

I love a good, home-grown farmers market. I'm afraid we're seeing more markets which actually have imported items...from stores and other suppliers. The atmosphere is one of the reason I love a farmer's market, and I hate to see such a lovely tradition/custom going by the wayside. Your photos are lovely, and help me evoke all the good feelings. Thank you.

Bob Crowe said...

I can almost smell the fruit. We have several farmers markets around St. Louis but I'm afraid we rarely get to them. Lots of Americans, and certainly our family, have so many time demands that we just run through the supermarket at the freeway exit and take what we can get.

Nathalie said...

Oh Bob, how wrong you are. There are some things in life for which we should always take time. The French believe that food and love are two such things :-)

For those of you who'd be happy to know, the lady buying fruit on the bottom photo is my younger sister - the one with the basket on her left arm and a wonderful smile. I asked her to pose for a market shot - didn't she do a brilliant job?

Virginia said...

Ahhh Hah! I thought that was you in the bottom photo! Great shots all. We have a Saturday farmer's market that I have featured a lot lately on my blog. The Amer/French markets are very similar. Is your sister still visiting you? I know you have had a grand time.
V

Meri said...

The fruit looks fabulous!

Rob Inukshuk said...

I'm just catching up on my blog reading now that our broadband internet has been installed.

Love the wonderful markets and our trips to France were missed while we were in Canada. Looking forward to being settled once our stuff arrives, then we can plan a trip to France. Perhaps Avignon as we have yet to enjoy the charms you so wonderfully portray.

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