To Market To Market

Saturday morning dawned sunny and beautiful in Paris.  Martha agreed to accompany me to the Wilson market, which sets up on Saturdays and Wednesdays and is truly a visual feast.  I take my handy rolling cart on the metro three stops, and the market awaits me when I pop back up above ground.  It stretches for a long block, and ends just steps away from the metro that whisks me two stops back to my  house.  I have gone for the past two Saturdays, and it has been a fun way to do the bulk of my grocery shopping.  I’m not so sure how great it  will be when it’s cold and rainy, but it’s never that way in Paris, right?   I was so happy that Martha wanted to go with me, and thrilled that she took so many great pictures.  Enjoy!

A rose is a rose is a rose...

Not quite ready to take any of these guys home with me.

An enormous vat of bubbling....something. Paella? it smelled good, whatever it was.

Gorgeous fresh pastas. This one is for dinner tonight.

Served with olive oil and garlic and some of this arugula.

Radishes- the most photogenic vegetable.

This guy tried out for the villain in Veggie Tales. Scary!

a yellow cauliflower?

Now these I know and love.

Smile and say "fromage"!

We may or may not have shared one of these while we shopped.

So.....much......bread.......here......nom nom nom.

So basically, it’s a lot like shopping at HEB but without the jaunty tunes playing overhead.  I have a lot to learn about market etiquette, market vocabulary, how to load my little caddy so stuff doesn’t get squished, and how to avoid paying 6 euros for a cantaloupe.  It better be the best damn melon I have ever eaten, is all I can say about that little  mistake.  There is one particular vendor who is very popular.  I think his stuff is all locally grown, but I still haven’t figured it out for sure because the crowd is always too deep for me to get close enough to read the signs.  One of these mornings I’ll get there early enough to buy from him and I will report back.  It could just be that he’s super hot or something.

As Martha and I approached our return metro station we were tempted by a cafe offering breakfast at sidewalk tables.

It was a wonderful way to end our shopping trip.  Until a homeless woman with a cat poking out of her shirt sat down a few tables away and counted out coins for breakfast.  I felt like I should give her some of our newly acquired stuff.  But NOT the cantaloupe.

The End.

Shop local, my friends, and always know how much you are paying for melons.

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3 responses to “To Market To Market

  1. The markets are so awesome. We stayed in Vincennes and they had two the week we were there. I hauled myself out of bed very early both days just to marvel in the riot of colors. I know you are having the time of yur life…I would be!

  2. Cindy

    These pictures are beautiful. Exactly what I pictured for a french market.

  3. Margaret

    Great pictures! Street markets are one of the best things about living in Europe! I really miss them. You’re right about getting there early though. That’s when the best stuff is available or so my mother-in-law swears anyway. Btw, that scary looking cauliflower is actually a very wonderful veggie. We have a recipe for it that involves cooking it in wine and olive oil and if I remember correctly some balsamic vinegar. It’s soooo good! Love the pasta shot too. That took me back to all the fresh pasta shops in Rome. Yes, I am crying again. Boo hoo! But that said, love the blog and all the colorful pics!

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