There is more than one village market in the Luberon every day of the week. They range from a handful of stalls, like at Oppede-le-Vieux, to the town markets at Cavaillon, and the biggest of them on Saturday mornings in Apt, with up to 300 stalls.
Market day is not just a time to buy what you need, it is also a time to observe this most French of rituals, when some of the stereotypes come alive.
Markets are as popular with locals as with tourists, and most of them are year-round, adding colour and vitality to even the most wintry village. They tend to be larger in the summer. Combining a morning at the market with lunch in a favourite restaurant is a geat way to spend a half-day.
What will you find at the markets: the best local, seasonal fruit and vegetables; meat, fish, bread, olives, tapenade, honey and conserves, herbs and spices, cheese, goat cheese, flowers, oils and wines, ready-to-eat rotisserie chickens, Provencal fabrics and housewares; clothes, the perfect straw hat or straw basket to take to the markets, and much else besides.
A marché paysan is a farmer's market with produce sold by the farmers who grew it, and at an evening market like Velleron, picked the same day.
The markets of the Luberon
La Tour d'Aigues
St Saturnin les Apt
Lourmarin (evening farmer's market)
St Martin de Castillon
Isle sur la Sorgue
Velleron has a good farmer's market (marché paysan) every evening at 6pm in summer, and 4.30pm on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in winter.
Markets tend to be in the morning, until lunchtime - around 12-1pm.
Farmers’ markets, or Marchés paysans, are markets where local farmers sell their own produce. So unlike other food markets, what you will find at a farmers’ market depends entirely on what is growing in Provence at that time of year. You will get fantastic produce fresh from the ground, just don’t expect peaches in April!These are the farmers’ markets of the Luberon:
|Tuesday morning||Apt – all year|
|Wednesday morning||Pertuis – all year|
|Thursday morning||La Tour d’Aigues – July-August|
|Thursday afternoon||Forcalquier – all year|
|Saturday morning||Pertuis – all year|
|Cadenet - May > November|
|Pierrerue - all year|
|Saturday afternoon||Lauris – May-December|
|Sunday morning||Coustellet – April-December|
|Saint-Martin-de-la-Brasque – April-November|