Written & Photographed by Léa Jones
These photos were taken at my local market in the town of Yssingeaux. Yssingeaux is in Auvergne, which is right in the center of France. I love the hills, pine trees and stone houses of this area. Of course, being French, one my favorite activities is going to the market. My mom used to take us every week, and we would buy everything from the market: fruit, veggies, cheese, bread and even clothes and shoes. Going to the market is not time efficient, but it is part of the slower pace of life that we enjoy when we spend our summers in France.
I love that I get to meet the local farmers. I noticed this year that there were a lot more young farmers selling organic products like honey and bread. There is always the “Poissonnier” who sells fish, and the ‘Fromager” with a nice selection of delicious (and smelly) cheeses, which I am happy to sample, and then you have local crafts like pottery. This time there were also selling ducks and rabbits and chickens. After 3 hours of strolling, tasting, and buying lovely fresh food, I am delighted to head home with my arms full of peaches, lettuce and courgettes.
If you ever travel to France, always look up the local market, however small the village you are in, chances are there will be a market with the essentials to take you through a week of French living.