Open markets have been established in Paris since the 15th century and this wonderful tradition is part of what wandering the streets and enjoying life as a Parisian is all about.
We met farmers, bakers, fishermen, olive growers and chicken farmers who come from all over France to sell their wares. Open air markets (similar to our farmers markets are part of French life and from these photos you can easily see why!
Thanks to the French pride in quality and origin, more than 80 food markets remain active today in Paris, ranging in size and variety. Most are temporary, only occurring a few days a week, but others are permanently integrated into Parisian streets.
One minute in these immaculate shops and you can understand how and why fresh produce is a quintessential part of French life and are becoming a greater part of ours as well.
From purple baby artichokes and leeks to red ripe currants and more, you can find so many colors and varieties!
Here's a recipe I made using ingredients found in the fresh markets! Mussels in White Wine, Garlic & Butter Sauce
I LOVED these little baby heads of romaine! They're only as big as an orange.
And speaking of oranges, the French believe in keeping the stems on most produce- they believe it keeps it fresher that way. Truth? I'll need to do some research...
EVERYTHING is colorful and fresh. No dry fruit here!