Thursday, 24 June 2010

Monthly Market at Chasseneuil - Part 83

Yesterday, the monthly market in Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure took place. I went down to have a look around, but mainly to buy some onions.  Can you believe it, not an onion in sight, so I eventually went to the supermarket and bought some there.  Mine are doing very well in the garden, but they are certainly not ready for pulling yet.  It seems the rest of France is in the same position. I took these pictures at the market last month.
A whole table full of clothes from jerseys and shirts to dresses and shorts all for 5€ each.

The African touch is at every market in France.
Asparagus is nearly at its end now but there still seems to be plenty around.  Behind are artichokes and radishes.
All types of different breads can be found here.
Anyone for cheese?
The fishmonger sells many different types of fish including shellfish.
There is no shortage of flower or vegetable seedlings here.

32 comments:

  1. You have perfectly photographed everything I miss when I am back in the USA. I so enjoy these markets, the people and the thrill of buying anything I want. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hi Susan, The markets here are sooooo much better than any markets in the UK that I have seen. Even when the French Market comes to the UK it is only a very limited edition! It is such fun to just walk around and see what is available. Diane

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  3. Life is Europe is so different to here isn't it? I miss the weekly farmers markets we used to have years ago. I think it was more an excuse to get together and chat than anything else as it was usually the only time these people got into town.

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  4. Joan you are so right. Everything is so different here, especially in the country. It is all so casual, things are just left lying around and there are very few thefts. I cannot imagine cycling home at mid-night on my own over there either:) Diane

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  5. Oh yea! This is my kind of market. Even if there wasn't any onions.

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  6. Wow, what a unique collection of stuff you can buy at the market! It reminds me of the big flea markets we have here in the States.

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  7. Hi Linda, you can also by live poultry of every make or kind as well as all the clothes, food etc. Diane

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  8. Hi Gaelyn, I just always picture the French with onions, it somehow did not seem right :) They really are good markets though and this is a small town. Rouillac, which is a bit further afield, has the largest market in the Charente. It takes all day almost to just walk round it!!
    Diane

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  9. I love it! It so much fun visiting markets all over the world! I would spend a lot of time at the cheese stall. I remember how I was overwhelmed by the amount of different cheese they have when I was in France. Nice photos Diane!

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  10. I love markets and I loved seeing these photos today ! Imagine that, no onions ... and I bet you will have them coming out of your ears soon, as everyone's become ready for harvesting at the same time ;)

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  11. No onions, oh my gosh! I would think that would be one sure thing in a French market. You never know! It looks like a fabulous market and I wish we had one nearby like that. Love those masks and I'd have a hard time avoiding all the delicious looking bread. I have never seen bread at a farmers market. Lucky you! And all the cheese. Our farmers markets haven't opened yet but I must take a pic so you can compare! LOL!

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  12. Visiting the local markets is a great joy and enormous fun. We love it and will do several each week we are in our little "maison". For holiday makers it is the perfect day out - market in the morning, a nice lunch somewhere and back home to cook dinner from what was found on the market.

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  13. A great looking market, similar or maybe better than Italian markets.

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  14. Outdoor markets, whereever they are located, make my blood run a little faster. I really adore them. I also love the people watching they make possible. I'm glad you were finally able to find an onion:-). I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary.

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  15. Lyndsey, I also get stuck by the cheese stall, I could eat cheese all day but not very good for me! Diane

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  16. Lynda, I am sure you are right, there will be 'ropes' of onions all over France very soon. By then mine will also be ready as well.... Diane

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  17. Hi Pam, Our markets are all year round. We have a small one each Saturday and Wednesday and then a big monthly one. Winter obviously has not got so much though. Diane

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  18. Jean I agree with you, they are wonderful places. The two counters that always get me are the fish and cheese. When my husband is here we by moules or huitres every week, they are so cheap and we both love them. Diane

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  19. And there was sunshine in your market! Hooray! Although from the sweaters and jackets on the attendees, it doesn't look like it was that warm. I suppose that you'll take whatever good weather gifts the world gives, however.

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  20. Marjie over the last 3 days it has been warming up considerable. Today I went out and did a 27km cycle ride and by the time I got home I was really very hot:) Maybe summer is here, I just hope it holds for Nigel's return. Diane

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  21. LindyLouMac, sorry I missed your comment it popped up later in the middle :) I love it when computers do their own thing!!! Having never been to an Italian market I can't compare, but I am sure they all have their good points. One day I hope to get there...... Diane

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  22. Mary I was also glad I managed to find some onions. This is obviously not a good time of the year. Last years are finished and this years are not quite ready yet. Have a good day. Diane

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  23. It is hard not to be jealous of this beautiful countryside of yours... the market is just perfect. How easy it must be to pull together amazing meals with such ingredients (and your talent!).

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  24. longpastrememered - what talent? I just throw things in a pot, mostly they work, but it has been known to go wrong :( There is a lot of luck attached to it all.. BUT yes it is a beautiful country and with such lovely people. I never though I could be so happy anywhere other than Africa especially when my command of the language is so bad. Diane

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  25. Such beautiful, fresh and good looking food. After the vege and bread I'd get stuck at the cheese counter for ages. Sending huggles, Michelle and Zebbycat

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  26. Hi Michelle and Zebbycat, I have to say the cheese counter is my favourite, but the breads are delicious. Generally I stay away from the veg as I have enough in the garden. Have a good day. Diane

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  27. That bread and cheese looks really Yummy it has been so long since I had north sea cod and chips like from a UK chippy darn you are making me hungry BTW what happened to your soccer team ?

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  28. Philip I was following S.A. firstly, then France and finally the UK. The UK will not last much longer I am sure so I give up watching. I can't stand the sound anyway!!!

    Bread and cheese taste so much better in France than anywhere else I have ever had it, not sure what the trick is.

    The fish here is also magic as we are only an hours drive from the coast it is so fresh. Ordinary fish is not particularly cheap, but shell fish is. Hope you have sorted out the hunger pains! Diane

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  29. Hello Diane!
    Great you appreciate the French markets!
    I love to stroll around once in a while... lots of interesting stuff such as food, plants, clothes or antiques!
    Love your pics, they bring out life and colour!
    Will answer your email soon, not much time for the net these days!! :)
    Cheers!

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  30. Hi Carine, I love the market but the oysters are like a magnet:) Look forward to hearing from you. Diane

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  31. De très jolies illustrations de ces marchés qui animent nos petites villes! Moi, c'est le stand des fromages qui m'attire!!
    Bonne fin de semaine!!

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  32. lejardindelucie - Merci beaucoup. Bonne journée Diane

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