I know you, whenever you arrive at your vacation spot, the first thing you do is find out where the market is. In some places it is a galeria. In others, it’s Les Halles. In Beaune it happens to be the “Marche”. It’s really not hard to find since Beaune is a tiny walled city with cobbled streets that all seem to eventually lead to the Marche. The Beaune Farmer’s Market is located in the middle of the old city, and if you take Rue Republique, Rue Paradis to Place de la Halle, Place Fleury, you’ll find yourself in the middle of the Farmer’s Market.
It only takes place on Saturday mornings and Wednesday mornings. Saturdays are definitely the best days to visit as you will enjoy the fruits of 180 merchants instead of just 20. There is an outside are that is uncovered, but another part of the Beaune Farmer’s market takes place in the Les Halles building. I’d make sure to bring an umbrella in case of rain.
What’s so good about the Beaune Farmer’s Market? Check out the pics below:
Olives to fit every palate.
Artichokes as big as your head (I’m not kidding, these are HUGE).
Tons of mushrooms & asparagus from Landes. This asparaus is white with purple tips and is super tender. They come from the Landes region which is known for its sandy soil and its marine climate. When you choose these, the stems should be a pearly white. They should be firm to the touch. I like these roasted on the grill.
Greens and more greens.
Heirloom tomatoes…because it’s France. These are juicy, sweet and flavorful. You’ve never tasted tomatoes this good.
Did I mention they were as large as my head.
Radishes (cut them up raw & enjoy them with some French butter & Fleur de Sel). This is a super simple dish, so you will want to use the best butter & best salt (which you can also pick up at the Beaune Farmer’s market). You can also pick up a baguette, slather it with butter, top this with sliced radishes and sprinkle with salt for a great afternoon snack.
Lots of fruits (even kiwis…kinda odd, I thought).
Dried mushrooms, they had everything from Shiitakes, Morells, Girolles, Black Chanterelles…if you’re into shrooms, you’ll be in heaven.
Fromage, of course. Pick up some delicious cheese and enjoy it with some Burgundy wine. They’ve got everything from Brillat Savarin (awesome with Champagne), to Abbaye de Citeaux (try it with a nice Volnay), to Camembert (gorgeous next to a Chassagne-Montrachet), to pretty much any cheese you can possibly desire.
Saucisson to please every palate.
If you are in the mood to roast some birds, you’re in luck. The Beaune Farmer’s market has tons of Vollailleries. These are poultry sellers, so you can pick up your eggs, chickens, and much more. If you’re American, don’t freak out when you see the heads and feet on the animals. The French (who are in my opinion way smarter than we are when it comes to food) look to the whole animal to determine freshness and quality. These are some of the best birds you’ll taste in your life.