The best is at Velleron, which operates in the early evening. From the back of their vans, producers sell produce they’ve picked that day and the quality is exemplary. It’s about 30 minutes drive from Caromb. From mid April until the end of September, it’s open every evening from 6pm, except Sundays and public holidays. The rest of the year, it opens from 4.30pm on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
There are also morning marchés paysan at Coustellet on Sunday, Monteux on Wednesday, and Apt on Tuesday (these generally only operate from mid April to late September).
Many of the stall holders sell local produce but these markets also source produce from all over France and the world. That doesn’t mean they’re not good – only the best provedores are going to succeed with such a discerning clientele – but they’re different from a marché paysan where you’re only buying locally-sourced produce.
If you’re interested in the complexities of French markets, Michele de La Pradelle’s Market Day in Provence, which studies the Carpentras market, makes for fascinating reading.
If you book with us, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive list of recommended markets, organised by day of the week. If you’re a food tragic you’ll organise your day trips to coincide with a market somewhere.
Larger towns have markets that operate most days of the week. These markets are all well worth a visit given they are in towns you may have on your itinerary.
In our area there are some seasonal specialised markets that your holiday may coincide with. Some of the best are:
There are also truffle markets in Carpentras and Valreas.