Local farmers set up their stalls early in the central square of the village to sell their home-made cheeses, the freshest seasonal vegetables and herbs, and fruits ripened to perfection.
Other artisans like butchers and fishmongers, smallgoods makers and cheese masters sell their goods from a specially equipped refrigerated truck, travelling during the week to a different village every day. These artisans are proud of their products and are usually happy to give you a taste before you buy.
Country markets offer amazing food ideas for a picnic. The charcutier is the shop to buy freshly prepared salads, delicious small goods like patés, hams, terrines and salami. Most markets have a rôtisserie stall with the irresistible smell of roast chicken and other succulent, ready-to-eat meats and roast potatoes wafting through the air.
Around a market square you are sure to find a good boulangerie (bakery) and pâtisserie selling their regional specialities. And last but not least, you’ll find a wine shop to transform your picnic feast into a celebration.