ANGELA BIRD'S

 

MARKET DAYS IN AND AROUND THE VENDEE

 

Luckily for us visitors, the French still take their daily food purchases extremely seriously. In the markets listed below you should find a cornucopia of seasonal produce as well as many home-made or home-grown specialities local to the particular area. (In hot weather it's a good idea to take a coolbox in the car to keep your purchases fresh.)

 

2010 

Some of the markets are, sadly, beginning to dwindle in importance,
with the increasing popularity of hypermarkets.  I shall try and indicate larger ones
with larger type, and smaller with smaller.

 

S = particularly interesting markets, spread throughout the town's streets;
P = picturesque market halls; Foire = a larger event, sometimes held once a month.
Unless otherwise stated, all markets are held in the morning, finishing around 12.30pm.

 

MONDAY
Aizenay, 1st & 3rd Mondays of month;
Benet;
L'Herbaudière, Noirmoutier (mid-June to mid-Sept);
Jard-sur-Mer;
Longeville-sur-Mer S (Foire
1st Monday of month);
Merlin-Plage (July & Aug), nr St-Hilaire-de-Riez;
Les Sables-d'Olonne central market P (July & Aug only);
St-Michel-Mont-Mercure;
Touvois (Loire-Atlantique), 2nd & 4th Mondays of month.

 

TUESDAY
L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer;
Le Boupère;

Bourgneuf-en-Retz (Loire-Atlantique)

Brem-sur-Mer (July & August only);
La Chaize-le-Vicomte, 3rd Tuesday of month;
Challans S (plus Foire on 2nd Tuesday of month);
Chantonnay;
Mortagne-sur-Sevre;
Niort P
Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, Place de la République (Apr-Sept);
Port-Joinville, Ile d'Yeu;
La Roche-sur-Yon;
Les Sables-d'Olonne P, central market;
Les Sables-d'Olonne, Arago (inc outdoor stalls);
St-Gilles-sur-Vie (south of river);
St-Père-en-Retz, Pl du Marché (Loire-Atlantique) (Plus Foire
on 1st & 3rd Tues of month)

Sion-sur-l'Océan, nr St-Gilles;
La Tranche-sur-Mer, Place de la Liberté.

 

WEDNESDAY
Angles, nr La Tranche-sur-Mer;
Avrillé (July & August only);
Champagné-les-Marais;
Chavagnes-en-Paillers;
La Chevrolière (Loire-Atlantique), nr Passay;
Commequiers;
Croix-de-Vie (north side of river Vie, at St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie);
Les Essarts;
Foussais-Payré (July & August only);
L'Hermenault;
Luçon;
Machecoul S (Loire-Atlantique);
Merlin-Plage, nr St Hilaire de Riez (July & August only, afternoon);
Niort P
La Roche-sur-Yon
Rocheservière
, 2nd Wednesday of month;
Les Sables-d'Olonne P, central market;
St-Jean-de-Monts;
La Grière, nr La Tranche-sur-Mer (July & August only).

 

THURSDAY
Beauvoir-sur-Mer;
Brétignolles-sur-Mer;
Chantonnay;
La Faute-sur-Mer;
Frossay (Loire-Atlantique)

La Garnache;
La Guérinière, Noirmoutier;
Les Herbiers;
Mareuil-sur-Lay;
La Mothe-Achard P (plus Foire on first Thurs of month);
Niort P  S
Le Poiré-sur-Vie (1st & 3rd Thursday of month);
Pornic,  Place des Halles (Loire-Atlantique)

Pouzauges;
La Roche-sur-Yon;
Les Sables-d'Olonne P (central market);

St-Brevin-les-Pins, Pl Henri-Baslé (Loire-Atlantique)

St-Gilles-sur-Vie (south of river);
St-Hilaire-de-Riez;
St Michel-en-l'Herm.

 

FRIDAY
L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer;
Brem-sur-Mer (July & August);
Challans (indoor);
Clisson P S (Loire-Atlantique);
Coulon (Deux-Sevres);
L'Ile d'Elle;
Longeville-sur-Mer (July & August only);
La Mothe-Achard (except Fri following first Thurs - see above);
Niort P
Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, Place de la République;

Paimboeuf (Loire-Atlantique)
La Roche-sur-Yon
Les Sables-d'Olonne
P (central market);
Ste-Hermine P (larger on first Friday of month);
Sion, nr St-Gilles;
Soullans.

 

SATURDAY
La Barre-de-Monts;
Bouin;
Bourgneuf-en-Retz
(Loire-Atlantique);
Challans (indoor);
Chantonnay;
Chavagnes-en-Paillers;
Cholet (Maine-et-Loire), 8am-5pm;
Coëx;

Coulon
(Deux-Sevres);
Croix-de-Vie (north of river);
Les Essarts;
La Faute-sur-Mer;
Fontenay-le-Comte S;
Les Herbiers;
Luçon;
Machecoul (Loire-Atlantique)

Merlin-Plage (July & August), nr St-Hilaire-de-Riez (afternoon);
Montaigu;
Niort P  S
Le Poiré-sur-Vie;
Port-Joinville, Ile d'Yeu;
Préfailles, nr PornicLoire-Atlantique)

La Roche-sur-Yon (largest of the week);
Les Sables-d'Olonne
P (central market);
St-Jean-de-Monts;

Talmont-St-Hilaire;
La Tranche-sur-Mer, Place de la Liberté

 

SUNDAY
Angles, nr La Tranche-sur-Mer; (July & Aug only)
Brétignolles-sur-Mer;
La Faute-sur-Mer
;
La Guérinière, Noirmoutier;
Maillé (July & August);
Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, Place de la République (Apr-Sept);
Notre-Dame-de-Monts;
Notre-Dame-de-Riez (15 June-15 Sept);
Le Pellerin (Loire Atlantique)

Pornic,  Place des Halles (Loire-Atlantique)

Olonne-sur-Mer; (July and Aug only)
Les Sables-d'Olonne P (central market);
St-Brevin-les-Pins, Pl Henri-Baslé (Loire-Atlantique)

St-Florent-des-Bois, 1st Sunday of month, "Marché de la Nature" (farmers' market);
St-Gilles-sur-Vie (south of river);
St-Hilaire-de-Riez;
St-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu (Loire-Atlantique);
St-Vincent-sur-Jard
 

Dates are given in good faith, but no guarantee is given as to their accuracy
or of the size of the events mentioned.
Visitors are advised to check with local Mairie of tourist office before making a special journey.
Any comments, amendments, additions or suggestions welcomed
(see link to Webmaster, below).

 

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