Local markets are great fun if you’re planning a picnic, or a meal back at the maison.  The quality of the fruits and vegetables is second to none, and it’s fascinating to see the interplay between the vendors and buyers who tend to be well versed on what constitutes fine food.  Neffiès has a small market behind the church on Thursday mornings. A fish seller and a seafood seller visit for 30-45 minutes – their arrival is announced on the village PA system.

Pézenas has a popular market on Saturday. We really like the market at Clermont L’Herault on Wednesdays (where the photos below come from). A bit further afield, we enjoyed the market at Balaruc Les Bains (Tuesdays, Fridays). A full list of food markets can be found here or you can see what markets (flea, food, antiques) are scheduled today at this site.

Flea markets in France are extremely popular and can be quite crowded. Arrive early. Lunel’s market, one of the biggest, focuses on cheap clothing and probably isn’t worth your time. The one in Marseillan is extensive and interesting. Here is a good list.

Goat cheese at the market in Clermont L'Heraut

Goat cheese at the market in Clermont L’Heraut

Cèpes at the market

Cèpes at the market

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