Le marché de Montagnac

The town of Montagnac, like almost every other town in all of France, has a weekly, outdoor market. In any region, market days vary from town to town, so that they don’t overlap, meaning you can shop at a different one every day of the week, if you desire. The Montagnac market is held every Friday morning, and is such a pleasure to visit – a mixture of good, fresh, local food for sale, of course, but also a little slice of French small town daily life. All the townspeople are there, buying various items for the week ahead, but also socializing – stopping to kiss one another on both cheeks, and catch up on how each other is doing – their health, the grandchildren, the weather, what they are planning to cook for dinner….  While people are chatting, their little dogs on leashes are greeting each other at a lower level, and there are often babies in strollers reaching their hands out to one another or to pet the dogs. It’s so much more than just shopping.

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Le marché, with a fountain, town hall, the post office and our medieval church in the background
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There are always so many types of olives. Our favorites are the locally-grown green lucques.
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Buttery and flavorful lucques olives – our local olives in the Languedoc
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Red & yellow – the colors of both Catalonia & Occitanie – are seen everywhere.

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This stall has some arabic food – merguez sausage, kabobs and other preprepared goodies.

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Onions, fresh picked in the early morning, still have their dirt from the garden.

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How simply gorgeous are those purple spring onions? Perfect for a salad!
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There is always a paëlla seller there, every week, so you can get some to enjoy at home or, better yet, on a picnic at the beach.
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Every cut of pork – raw, smoked, cured, spiced…
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Dried nuts and fruits
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Our egg man, who was also selling lavender that day

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Jack, making a bee line to one of his favorite stalls (probably the cheese man)
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Catching up on the latest gossip

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