Luberon Markets

Strawberries at the market in June
Bread at Lourmarin market
Cheese at Lourmarin
At Cucuron, the market is set around the water basin
Lourmarin market
Bags at Bonnieux in many colours, all of them bright
Windy market day in Cavaillon
Tapenade is a Provence specialty
Fabrics at Lourmarin market
Bonnieux cheese vendor
Gordes market takes over the centre of the village
Jams galore at Lourmarin
Olive stalls are always popular
Cherry tomatoes at Coustellet
Sausages and saucisson in Bonnieux
Menerbes market, small but alluring
In Aix the markets are bigger
Flower market in Aix, Place de l'Hotel de Ville
Aix market, Place de Richelme


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

MONDAY
Cadenet
Cavaillon
Lauris
TUESDAY
Cucuron
Gordes
Lacoste
La Tour d'Aigues
St Saturnin les Apt
Lourmarin (evening farmer's market)
WEDNESDAY
Gargas
Merindol
Pertuis
St Martin de Castillon
Sault
 
THURSDAY
Caumont
Cereste
Goult
Menerbes
Robion
Roussillon
FRIDAY
Lourmarin
Bonnieux
SATURDAY
Cheval Blanc
Pertuis
Manosque
Oppede-le-vieux
Apt
 
 SUNDAY
Coustellet*
Isle sur la Sorgue
 
* seasonal - approximately April-December on Sunday morning, and also June-August Wednesday evening 5 - 7.30pm

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

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 morningPertuis   –   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 afternoonLauris   –   May-December
Sunday morning  Coustellet   –   April-December
 Saint-Martin-de-la-Brasque   –   April-November