THE TOP REASONS AMERICANS ARE FASCINATED WITH FARMERS MARKETS…ESPECIALLY FRENCH ONES!
The earliest Farmer’s Markets date back 5000 years to Egypt where farmers would gather along the Nile and sell their produce. In 1752 the Easton Market opened in the United States and is the longest running market recorded. As long as people have been eating, markets have been a part of our dinners. Shopping at an open air market can conjure up different images for everyone. For me….I become French!
Reason # 1
MEMORIES OF PAST MARKETS ARE ALWAYS GOOD
We have traveled several times to the south of France where indeed pretending is much easier. When we get back to the states, we act French for a while but images like these stay with me a lot longer. So on this Motivational Monday…let’s go to the market to feed our souls just as much as our bodies.
Reason # 2
FRESH FLOWERS AND FRENCH BAGUETTES EVERY WEEK
Reason # 3
ECO FRIENDLY MODES OF TRANSPORTATION ARE ENCOURAGED
The shopping trip includes a girls bike, with a vintage crate full of wrapped veggies, florals and bread. We then park in front of a shop that still sells books we can touch. It’s obvious from the burnished door knocker on the cracked wood door, the worn smooth marble shop front and the pavers that have been walked on for centuries, we are somewhere other than the US. Yet, can you see how I know this bike belongs to a fellow imposter? Somehow they found one of the only plastic bags in the city! Busted!
To be perfectly honest, this is the bike I’d want. Dual baskets (look at the one for bread!) and parked in front of the Bakery. It’s obvious we are to put the fragile pastries in the front basket.
Reason # 4
EVERYONE LOOKS FASHIONABLE IN A COMFORTABLE WAY
Reason # 5
REUSE REDUCE RECYCLE
Reason # 6
MARKETS ENCOURAGE US TO EAT WELL AND SUPPORT LOCAL VENDORS
Ok, yes this should have been a photo of loads of veggies…but this is really how Mr. LBD feels. He dutifully goes with me to every market, in every city we visit and at home, but has a personal aversion to any roasted vegetable. This may be the only thing we disagree on. Well, in my French mind.
Little Italy, Montreal
If a trip to France is not on your schedule, you might consider this market which was founded in 1933 and is at least in the same hemisphere. It is open year-round, even during Montreal’s severe winters! During the peak summer period, between May and October, its open-air arcades are occupied by about 300 vendors, mostly farmers from the countryside around Montreal. It is surrounded by other food businesses: meat, fish and cheese stores, bulk food emporia, dealers in spices and imported goods, bakeries, and restaurants. Because nearly every vendor speaks both French and English, it’s the perfect place to pretend you are French! A constant smile and the appropriate Bonjour and Merci and I bet they all think I am (not).
Every piece of produce is fresh and so clean you can munch on the way home.
Seafood, meats, poultry. It’s a one stop shop. Not a preservative in sight.
Mr. LBD’s Vegetables
Americans do not treat themselves often enough to “just because” flowers. Another easy way to be “French”.
The French don’t pretend they have to do everything themselves. Not doing the baking must be the secret to staying skinny.
So you can see that the actual food is not the main reason we want to go to market. It’s more of a mindset of how we want to live , an event and a way to simply feel good by making a task we have to do something to look forward to. Some have this mastered and take the time to make a mindful shopping event a priority. Bravo to all of you! Some of us are still working on it. Life happens and this is what we end up with more often than we like.
So I have decided to make an effort to be French on my terms.
I am going to keep a good looking basket in my car. I can at least hide the plastic bags and carry them in quicker. Things won’t roll all over the back of the car either. Maybe we will have more spontaneous picnics. Why not stop at the supermarket and buy just enough for a dinner “out” and meet your favorite people for a park or beach dinner. Wouldn’t it be nice for a simple basket to remind us to be inspired?
At the very least, I’m going to get back to forgoing the plastic and let chic market baskets become part of the family. We do use these cotton bags to store bread we buy, and have sliced, at the regular supermarket. Ideally, I should put these in the car and use them even at the store bakery. It might take a little effort to simply get the clerk to stick the bar code on my bag but I can talk them into it.
To leave you with one more tidbit, check out the gal above. Mimi Thorrison. She is the ultimate French chef, wife, and mother. (she has 8-9 kids, I’ve lost count ,and yes this is really how she looks ALL THE TIME) This chick has life figured out and an interesting story. While it may be some time before I achieve one goal of a true deconstructed kitchen in America, and will never really be French, we can all go to market. “Qui”!
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