Marché paysan
Sometimes called marché agricole, these are the best markets to visit if you want to be sure the products you’re buying are locally sourced. They’re what in English-speaking countries would be called farmers’ markets.

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).

Weekly village markets

Caromb has a weekly market on Tuesdays, but there’s a market somewhere every day of the week. Some of the best are:

  • L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on Sunday, when there’s also a renowned antiques market.
  • Bedoin on Monday
  • Vaison la Romaine on Tuesday (the Patricia Wells’ books in our library have lots of information about Vaison’s best stallholders)
  • Carpentras on Friday
  • Apt on Saturday

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 markets

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.

  • Les Halles covered market in Avignon (daily)
  • Aix-en-Provence market

Specialised markets

In our area there are some seasonal specialised markets that your holiday may coincide with. Some of the best are:

  • Truffle market at Richerenches - November to March. It’s for professionals only, but is an extraordinary experience and at the little local associated market you’ll be able to buy truffles. At lunch time truffle omelettes are available in the local halls.

    There are also truffle markets in Carpentras and Valreas.

  • Asparagus at Vaison-la-Romaine (last Tuesday in February)
  • Lime and linden blossom market, also at Vaison, on the last Tuesday in June and July
  • Garlic at Aix-en-Provence Saturday and Sunday in July

View photos of the markets in the gallery.