French Fridays: Tips for shopping at the markets in France

Mairie 3ieme in Paris on Taste of the Marais tour on eatlivetravelwrite.comFrench Fridays. Probably amongst my favourite posts to write here on the blog.  If you have been reading here for any amount of time, you’ll know how much I love France so this has been a difficult week for me. From a text message from a friend last Friday night as I shopped, asking “Have you heard about Paris?” to frantically texting all my friends (many of whom live in the 10th and 11th arrondissements close to where the attacks took place) and watching the events unfold that evening, over the weekend and into this week, It’s been like some kind of “unreality show”. So many times I have thought to myself, “This cannot possibly be happening,” yet it is. Acts of terror are, sadly, a daily reality for many people around the world and the events in Paris this past week (and in January) have brought that a little closer to home for me. I have been unbelievably sad this week for everyone that has to live with such a scary, unfair reality.

I was in two minds about sharing my post today – a piece I’ve written for the new French Barn blog where I will be contributing on a monthly basis. It’s a beautiful site that has been in the works for ages – the food, travel and lifestyle blog for Lacanche – gorgeous handcrafted French ranges, distributed in Canada by The French Barn.

I took my lead from the team over at Lacanche Canada who officially launched the blog this week with this message on their Facebook page:

In these times of adversity, we must remain strong and defend the values in which we believe.  France is known for “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite” but also for the Joie de Vivre of its people and the diversity of its culture. We have been planning this for some time now, and we still believe the time is right to launch our new blog!

So it’s with much pride that I invite you to head on over to the French Barn blog to check out my article “How to Shop Like the French“.

Melange declasse at the Nerac marketEver been vacationing in France and wanted to check out the local market but wondered how it all works?

Apricot sampling at Nerac marketHow do you find out which are market days? What about market etiquette?

Peaches at the market in NeracIs it ok to choose your own produce? How do you ask for a small quantity of something?

Buying produce at the Nerac marketWhat about bags – are they provided? And what are some of the key phrases you might need in the market?

Around the Versailles market on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve got you covered – all this and more in “How to Shop Like the French“. Enjoy!

Happy (French) Friday!

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