Farmers Markets in Paris


The French love their food, and they have some of the best fresh foods that I have ever eaten. Every day, with a little exploring, you can find dozens of outdoor markets in Paris, and each offers a slightly different taste of fresh, French produce.

What tradition did I learn about?:

Farmers markets! They sell everything from ready-made food, bread, pastries, meats, seafood, cheese, fruits and veggies and basically all kinds of foods you might imagine being produced or farmed in France.

Why does the community have this tradition?:

Parisians place great importance on their food and especially love to eat locally farmed or produced foods for their freshness. Food is central to French culture most likely because these locally produced foods such as bread and cheese taste so much better than food that has to be shipped over long distances. And it's probably for this reason that Parisians have so many farmers markets throughout the city. 

Is this tradition connected to its environment? How?:

Yes! The land around Paris is fertile and provides an ideal environment for growing lots of different types of fruits and vegetables. This means that many of the foods that Parisians eat can be produced in the farming regions around Paris and purchased directly from local farmers. This is unlike some cities in the U.S.