Every Saturday morning, the dynamic town of Brive sees crowds of shoppers in search of the finest seasonal produce flocking to the excellent Georges Brassens covered market on the Place de la Guierle. There are also traditional open food markets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, so there’s plenty of opportunity to see and sample our many and varied specialities at their best.
If you happen to be in the little town of Souillac on a Friday morning, you’ll have no trouble finding the market, as the stalls occupy every available space in the old streets around the lovely Romanesque abbey church. All our local specialities and seasonal produce are to be seen there, and the old quarter resounds to lively conversation and banter, as it must have done in days gone by.
Sarlat also has a very lively open market, with centuries of tradition behind it. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, the old market place and streets leading from it are crowded with stalls piled high with seasonal produce and local specialities (duck and goose products well to the fore), and customers with loaded baskets flock to buy the best. On Thursday evenings, 17pm place du 14 juillet, there’s an organic produce market: there are plenty of local certified organic farmers to keep it well supplied.
In summer, these markets are a great opportunity to meet local farmers and find out about the rich and diverse produce of the Dordogne valley, from fruit and vegetables to conserves, pâtés and jams. Only producers from the surrounding area are allowed to have stalls, and there is usually a festive atmosphere, with the opportunity to stay and make a meal from the products you have bought.
- Monday: Beaulieu sur Dordogne, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Lacave
- Tuesday: Carennac,
- Wednesday: Chartrier-Ferrière, Souillac
- Thursday: Monceaux sur Dordogne, Sainte-Féréole, Lacave
- Friday: Saillac, Miers