what's in season in France in the spring - fruits and vegetables

Market Days in the Vendée

Outdoor markets in France are typically held in the mornings from 8h00 to 13h00. Which isn't to say that all vendors are up and running by then! Arriving by 9h00 you'll find the markets in full swing and the locals are out in droves to stock up on fruits and veg for the week. What can you find at the beloved village markets? Anything from cheeses, breads, organic/ bio, artisanal farm products, sausages, fish,  multi-cultural and freshly prepared street food, kitchen or other utensils, baskets, flowers, clothing, crafts, and more. (UPDATED JULY 2021)
summer fruits and vegetables in france
What's in season? Markets are not only a great way to discover an area in France, and people watching whilst enjoying a coffee or a carafe of wine on a terrace... it's a good time to practice the language. Our list of seasonal fruits and vegetables now include a glossary of their French word beside it.  Enjoy!
Winter
  • Avocados/Avocats
  • Beets/Betteraves
  • Broccoli/Brocoli
  • Brussels sprouts/Choux de Bruxelles
  • Cabbage (green, napa, red, savoy)/Chou (vert, Napa, rouge, Savoie)
  • Carrots/Carottes
  • Cauliflower/Choufleur
  • Chard/Bettes
  • Citrus (grapefruit, lemons, oranges, tangerines)/Agrumes (pamplemousses, citrons, oranges, mandarines/clémentines)
  • Dates/Dattes
  • Fennel/Fenouil
  • Green onions/Oignons verts
  • Kale/Chou kale
  • Parsnips/Panais
  • Pears/Poires
  • Sweet potatoes/Patates douces
  • Turnips/Navets
  • Wild mushrooms/Champignons sauvages
  • Winter squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti)/Courge d’hiver (gland, butternut, spaghetti)
  • Yams/Ignames
Spring
  • Apricots/Abricots
  • Artichokes/Artichauts
  • Asparagus/Asperges
  • Avocados/Avocats
  • Beets/Betteraves
  • Carrots/Carottes
  • Cherries/Cerises
  • English or Snow peas/Mange-tout
  • Fava beans/Haricots de Fava
  • Green beans/Haricots verts
  • Green garlic/Ail vert
  • Potatoes/Pommes de terre
  • Radishes/Radis
  • Rhubarb/Rhubarbe
  • Spinach/Épinard
  • Strawberries/Fraises
  • Bitter lettuces (Arugula, French/Belgium Endives, Escarole, Chicory)/Laitues amères (Roquette, Endives françaises/belges, Escarole, Chicorée)
  • Vidalia onions/Oignons de Vidalia
  • Zucchini/Zucchini
Summer
  • Beets/Betteraves
  • Blackberries/Mûres
  • Blueberries/Myrtilles
  • Corn/Maïs
  • Cucumbers/Concombres
  • Eggplant/Aubergine
  • Figs/Figues
  • Fresh herbs/Herbes fraîches
  • Garlic/Ail
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Green beans/Haricots verts
  • Potatoes/Pommes de terre
  • Limes/Citrons verts
  • Mangos/Mangos
  • Melons/Melons
  • Nectarines/Nectarines
  • Okra/Gombo
  • Onions/Oignons
  • Peaches/Pêches
  • Plums/Prunes
  • Raspberries/Framboises
  • Summer squash/Potimarron
  • Summer lettuce (Romaine, Mâche, Butterhead, Oak Left green/red)/Laitue d’été (Romaine, Masque, Butterhead, Chêne Gauche vert/rouge)
  • Tomatoes/Tomates
Autumn
  • Apples/Pommes
  • Arugula/Roquette
  • Beets/Betteraves
  • Paprikas (bell pepper)/Poivrons
  • Broccoli/Brocoli
  • Brussel sprouts/Choux de Bruxelles
  • Cabbage/Chou (kale, vert, Napa, rouge, Savoie)
  • Celery/Céleri
  • Chard/Bettes
  • Cranberries/Canneberges
  • Fennel/Fenouil
  • Figs/Figues
  • Garlic/Ail
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Green tomatoes/Tomates vertes
  • Kiwi/Kiwi
  • Leeks/Poireaux
  • Mushrooms/Champignons
  • Mirabelles/Mirabelles
  • Parsnip/Panais
  • Pears/Poires
  • Persimmons/Kakis
  • Pomegranates/Grenades
  • Prunes/Pruneau
  • Pumpkins/Potirons
  • Radishes/Radis
  • Rutabagas/Suédois
  • Shallots/Échalotes
  • Shelling beans/Haricots
  • Turnip/Navet
  • Winter squash/Courge d’hiver (gland, butternut, spaghetti)

Market days in the Vendée

Markets in West-Vendée

ANGLES 85750
     *Wednesday mornings 09h00 to 12h30 (Place du champ de foire)
AVRILLE 85440
     Thursday mornings from 8h30 to 12h30 **March to Sept Place du Champ de Foire)
                                                                               **and October to February or bad weather Place des Halles
BEAUVOIR SUR MER 85230
     Year-round: Thursday mornings 7h00 to 14h00 (Centre Ville)
BOIS DE CENÉ 85710
     Year-round: small market of local  producers on Sundays 
BOUIN 85230
     Year-round: Saturday mornings (la place du Pavillon)
BREM SUR MER 85470
     Year-round on Tuesday mornings (Rue de l'Océan)
     Year-round on Friday mornings (Rue de l'Océan Parking de la Poste)
BRÉTIGNOLLES SUR MER 85470
     *Place de l'église (mixed market)
       Year-round: , Thursday and Sunday mornings
     *La Parée - food market on Monday mornings in July and August.
     *Les Halles 7h30 - 13h00
       April through September from Tuesday to Sunday mornings (Jul/Aug also Mondays)
       October to March on Monday, Saturday -and Sunday mornings
CHALLANS 85300
     Largest market in North-Vendée with 150 - 300 vendors on Tuesday mornings from 8h30 to 13h00 in  rue Gobin to Place du Champ de Foire via       Place Saint-Antoine, and Les Halles Place Aristide Briand
     Les Halles Place Aristide Briand: year-round on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 8h30 to 13h00.
CHAMP SAINT PÈRE 85540
     Year-round: Thursday mornings (place de l'Eglise)
COËX 85220
     Year-round: Saturday mornings 8h00 to 13h00 (Centre Ville)
COMMEQUIERS 85220
     Year-round: local producers market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings 8h00 to 13h00 (place de l'Eglise)
L'ILE D'OLONNE 85340
     Year-round: Friday mornings 8h30 to 12h30 (Place de l'Eglise)
L'ILE D'YEU 85350
     *Port-Joinville
      Year-round every morning
     *Saint Sauveur
      July and August daily
JARD SUR MER 85420
     Year-round: huge market (150) Monday mornings (Place des Ormeaux) from 8h00 to 13h00
     July and August: **'marché gourmand' Wednesday mornings in the pedestrian street from 09h00 to 13h (Centre Ville)
LA BARRE DE MONTS - FROMENTINE 85550
     *Year-round: Place de la Gare on Saturday mornings
LA FAUTE SUR MER 85460
     *From 1st April to 30th September: Thursday and Sunday mornings (Place de la Mairie & Route de la Pointe d'Arçay)
     *From 1st October to 31st March on Sunday mornings (Route de la Pointe d'Arçay)
LES ACHARDS 85150
     Year-round: 1st Thursday of the month and on Friday mornings (except the week of the 1st).
LA TRANCHE SUR MER 85360
     *CENTER
       Year-round: Tuesday and Saturday morning at Place de la Liberté
       July and August: Thursdays (covered market)
     *LA GRIÈRE
       Every Wednesday in July and August 
     *LA TERRIÈRE
       Sundays in July and August
L'AIGUILLON SUR MER 85460
     Year-round: Tuesday and Friday mornings (Place de la Mairie, centre bourg)
LE CHÂTEAU D'OLONNE 85180
     *Year-round on Thursday and Sunday mornings from 8h00 to 13h00 (parking due groupe scolaire René Millet)
     *Marché du Quartier de la Pironnière
        Year-round on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8h00 to 13h00 (Place de la République)
     *Marché du Quartier de la Pironnière
       Daily in July and August  from 8h00 to 13h00 (Place de la République)
LE FENOUILLER 85800
     Year-round: Friday mornings (place de la Ménarderie)
PAYS DES ACHARDS 85150
    *LA MOTHE ACHARD 
       Fridays from 8h00 to 13h00 (les Halles)
       Foire 1st Thursday of the month
     *LA CHAPELLE ACHARD
       Sundays from 8h00 to 13h00 (place de l’Église)
     *BEAULIEU SOUS LA ROCHE
       2nd Sunday of the month from 9h00 to 13h00 (place du marché)
      *SAINT JULIEN DES LANDES
        Tuesdays and Fridays from 9h00 to 12h00 (place Jeanne d’Arc)
        Sunday mornings oysters and fish
LES SABLES D'OLONNE 85100
     *Les Halles: daily from 8h00 to 13h00 except during the school year it's closed on Mondays
     *Marché Arago, Boulevard Arago: daily from 8h00 to 13h00
     *Marché de la Chaume at Place Maraud: all year on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 8h00 to 13h00 and Tuesdays to Sundays in July and August
     *Marché Cours Dupont: year round on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8h00 to 13h00
     *Le Remblai: artisan evening market from Monday 3rd July to 26th August
     *Place du Tribunal: artisan evening market from Monday 13th July to 31st August
LONGEVILLE SUR MER 85560
     Friday mornings: Marché Hebdomadaire (general) year-round on Place de la Liberté from 9h00-13h00
     July and August from 05/07/2021 to 31/08/2021 also on Monday mornings
MOUTIERS LES MAUXFAITS 85540
     Year-round on Friday mornings, covered market from 8h00 to 13h00 (Centre Ville)

ILE DE NOIRMOUTIER 85330
     *BARBÂTRE (Place de la Plaine)
        Wednesday: all year
        Monday:  from April 5th to September 13th 2021
     *LA GUÉRINIÈRE (Place des Lauriers et place de l’Eglise)
        Thursday: all year 
        Sunday: from July 4th to August 29th  2021
     *L'ÉPINE (Place du Général de Gaulle "Place de la Poste")
        Saturday mornings year-round
     *L'HERBAUDIÈRE (fishing and pleasure port)
       Monday: from April 5th to September 13th 2021
     *NOIRMOUTIER EN L'ÎLE MARKET (Place de la République)
       Friday: All year 
       Tuesday: from April 6th to September 21st 2021
       Sunday: from April 4th April to September 26th September 2021
       Other dates :
       Sunday : October 24th 2021
       Tuesday: December 28th 2021
      *Le Vieil (Le Vieil)
        Saturday : from July 3rd to August 28th, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

NOTRE DAME DE MONTS 85690
       *Traditional Sunday market from 8h00 to 13h00 (Place de l'Eglise)
           **From 1st July: the traditional market moves to Place du Marché
       *Additional market: In July and August on Thursday mornings from 8h00 to 13h00 (Place de l'église)
       *Local Flavors Matinées every Tuesday from 9h00 to 12h00 (Place de la Mairie)
       *
The Fine Arts & Crafts Market Every Tuesday from 19h00 to 23h00 (Avenue de l'Ocean)
OLONNE SUR MER 85340
     July& August on Monday mornings 
SAINT GILLES CROIX DE VIE 85800
     *Côté Croix de Vie, year-round Wednesday and Saturday morning son Place Kergoustin (Place du Marché aux Herbes & Place du Vieux Port)             *Côté Saint Gilles, year-round: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday mornings
SAINT HILAIRE DE RIEZ 85270
      Year-round at Place François Mitterrand on Thursday and Sunday mornings
      Year-round at Sion sur l'Océan, Place Vivi Burgaud, Tuesday and Friday mornings
SAINT HILAIRE DE RIEZ - LES MOUETTES
     July and August: Avenue de la Pège, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoon
SAINT-HILAIRE-LA-FORET 85440
    25/06/2021 au 25/06/2021 from 16h00 to 20h00 MARCHE DE PRODUCTEURS « LE 4 HEURES DE LA FORET » Place de l'Eglise
SAINT JEAN DE MONTS 85160
     *Marché Jean Yole
      Year-round Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8h00 to 13h00 (indoors and outdoors)
     *Marché couvert de la plage - summer market
       July and August small market daily from 8h00 to 13h00 (indoors - Avenue des Demoiselles)
      *Marché estival de la plage - summer market
       July and August on Mondays and Thursdays from 8h00 to 13h00 (outdoors - Avenue des Demoiselles)
SAINT VINCENT SUR JARD 85520
     In July and August on Sunday mornings from 8h00 to 13h00 (Place de la Mairie)
TALMONT SAINT HILAIRE 85440
    *Year-round: Marché des Halles, centre ville, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings (food)
    *Saturday mornings general market at Place du Payré  8h to 13h 
    *Summer evening market: from 07/07/2021 to 25/08/2021 at Port Bourgenay on Avenue Notre-Dame, on Wednesday evenings from 19h00

Markets in Center-Vendée

AIZENAY 85190
     Year-round on Sunday mornings 8h30 - 13h00 (Place de la Mairie)
     1st and 3rd Monday non-food products (Place de la eglise)
BELLEVIGNY 85170
     Commune has formed by fusing Belleville sur Vie and Saligny
     *Belleville Wednesdays from 16h00  to 19h00
     *Saligny (Les Halles) 4th Sunday of the month from March to June and from September to November from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LA FERRIÈRE 85280
     Year-round on Friday mornings (place du Marche)
LA ROCHE SUR YON 85000
     *Marché des Halles Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8h00 to 13h00
     *Marché Bio on Sunday mornings at Place de la Vieille Horloge from 8h00 to 13h00
    *Quartier Les Jaulnières on Sunday mornings from 8h00 to 13h00
     *Quartier La Garenne on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8h00 to 13h00
LE POIRÉ SUR VIE 85170
     Year-round on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings 8h30 to 12h30 (Place du Marché)

Markets in the Marais Poitevin/ South Vendée

BENET 85490
     Year-round on Monday mornings (Place du Champ de Foire)
CHAILLÉ-LES-MARAIS 85450
     Tuesday in July and August from 18h00 to 20h00 (rue du 8 Mai)
CHAMPAGNÉ-LES-MARAIS 85490
     Year-round on Wednesdays from 8h00 to 13h00 (Place Clémenceau)
DAMVIX 85420
     Year-round on Wednesdays from 8h00 to 13h00 (Centre Ville)
FONTENAY LE COMTE 85200
     Year-round Thursday (indoor - Les Halles) and Saturday mornings ((indoor and outdoor - popular market)
     See our article with sightseeing tips!
FOUSSAIS-PAYRÉ 85240
    from February 3, 2021 until December 29, 2021 from 9h00 to 12h30 (next to the church)
GRUES 85580
     Year-round on Wednesday mornings from 8h30 to 12h30 (Les Halles)
L'HERMENAULT 85570
     Year-round on Wednesday mornings from 8h00 to 13h00 (place du Marché)
L'ILE D'ELLE 85770
     Year-round, small market on Fridays from 8h00 to 13h00 (Les Halles - Place du 8 Mai)
LA CHÂTAIGNERAIE 85120
     Year-round small market on Saturdays 8h00 to 13h00 (Place de la République)
     Sunday mornings oysters at La Place des Halles
LUÇON 85400
     Year-round Wednesday and Saturday mornings 8h00 to 13h00 (Centre Ville)
MOUILLERON-ST-GERMAIN 85390
     Marché des producteurs: Wednesday evenings 17h00-19h00 Place de L'Eglise, a butcher and a cheese producer
     Fresh fish and bio veggies on Fridays from 9h00 to 12h00
SAINT HILAIRE DES LOGES
     Year-round small market on Fridays
SAINT JUIRE CHAMPGILLON
     Year-round 2nd Sunday of the month
     July and August on Sunday mornings
SAINT MICHEL EN L'HERM 85580
     Year-round on Thursday mornings 8h00 to 13h00
SAINTE HERMINE 85210
     Year-round on Friday mornings Les Halles (rue Georges Clemenceau)
SAINTE RADEGONDE DES NOYERS 85450
     Year-round on Thursdays 8h00 to 13h00 on Place de la Mairie
VOUVANT 85120
     July and August 2021 on Monday mornings
VIX 85770
    Year-round on Fridays from 8h00 to 13h00 (Centre Ville)

Markets in the Vendee Valley (le Bocage)

BOURNEZEAU 85480
     Friday mornings 8h30 to 12h30 (Place de la mairie)
CHAMBRETAUD 85500

     Year-round the 3rd Monday of the month
CHANTONNAY 85110
     Year-round on Tuesday and Saturday morning on Place de la Liberté 8h00 to 12h30
     2nd and 4th Tuesday also foire (clothes etc)
     Every Thursday Marché BIO in Les Halles, Place de la Liberté from 16h to 19h30
LA BOUPERE 85510
     100% Local producers on Saturday mornings from 9h00 to 13h00. Place Cunaud. 2nd Saturday of each month large market
LA VERRIE 85130

     *Year-round on Saturday mornings from 9h30 tot 13h00 (Place de Charles de Gaule)
     *Every other Wednesday from 16h30 to 19h00 (Place de Charles de Gaule)
LES ESSARTS 85140
     Every 15 days on Fridays from 16h00 to 20h00  (place du 11 novembre 1918 - local products in season, also bio)
LES HERBIERS 85500
    *Year-round on Wednesday and Saturday mornings covered market from 8h00 to 12h30 (rue de l'Eglise & la Petite Rue st-Blaise)
    *Foires: 2nd Wednesday (petite foire) and last Wednesday of the month (grande foire), (rue Nationale et sur une partie de la Place des Droits de          l'Homme)
MONTAIGU 85600
    Year-round on Saturday mornings 8h00 to 12h30 (Place de la Mairie)
    Foire mensuelle (trade and goods) on the last Thursday of the month 8h00 to 12h30 (Place de la Mairie)
MORTAGNE-SUR-SÈVRE 85291
     Year-round on Tuesdays from 8h30 to 12h30 (Place Hullin)
MOUCHAMPS 85640
     Year-round on Friday mornings from 8h30 to 12h00  (place Clémenceau)
POUZAUGES 85700
     *Year-round on Thursday mornings
     *Marché Du Jardin Des Puys every Friday from 15h00 to 19h00 (may vary due to season and weather) A wide variety of vegetables from the source plus organic producers of dairy products, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs. Rue de la Fontaine
SAINT LAURENT-SUR-SÈVRE 85290
     Year-round on Tuesdays from 16h30 à 20h (Place Grignion de Montfort, just in front of the basilica)
SAINT PHILBERT DE BOUAINE 85660
     *Thursdays from 16h00 to 19h30 (Place des Halles)
     * Sundays from 8h00 to 12h30 (Place des Halles)
SEVREMONT 85700 
     Tuesday mornings from 8h30 (La Flocellière Place du Commerce)
TIFFAUGES 85130
     Year-round 1st Monday of the month from 9h to 14h (Place de l'Eglise et Place Gilles de Rais)
TREIZE SEPTIERS 85600
     Year-round 2nd Wednesday of the month

The following markets are organised around the Vendée. They are worth your time due to their seize, focus, or interesting location to perfectly combine shopping and sightseeing. Please check local websites and facebook pages for protocols or cancellations. inthevendee.com is not responsible for cancellations. 
Image

Niort

Niort, with its narrow streets and remaining medieval half-timber structures, is located on the Vendéen and Deux-Sèvres border. While shops, cafés and restaurants are centered around the daily covered market in Les Halles, the castle or donjon is worth a visit.  Also the views from the castle rooftop over the city and Sèvres rivers is quite stunning. In addition, the market swells into the market square on Thursday mornings.

TIPS
Parking tip (market, shopping, sightseeing)
*Parking La Brèche (through shopping streets to the market)
Address: Place de la Brèche, 79000 Niort
*Parking Moulin du Milieu (market)
Address: Quai Constant, 79000 Niort
*All parking search results
Restaurant
*Restaurant Le Donjon
Excellent traditional French cuisine
Address: 7 Rue Brisson, 79000 Niort
Website (reservations for lunch highly recommended)

Image

La Rochelle

The lovely city of La Rochelle is located by the Atlantic Ocean. It offers culture, shopping, sightseeing, short cruises, and more. There are 14 markets per week. Most interesting are:
Central market: under the XIXth century covered market in the town center every morning 365 days per year. Extended markets are on Wednesday and Saturday from 7h00 to 13h00
Market of La Rochelle La Pallice district of town: every sunday from 8h00 to 13h00. Food and non-food products. This is a large market!
Flea markets of St Nicolas Street and Place de la Motte Rouge every Thursday and Saturday from 8h00 am to 18h00. Professional antique dealers.

TIPS
Parking tip: the problem in La Rochelle is not parking because there are plenty of car parks. However, the city is full of one-way streets, so figure out where you need to be first, then consult Google and program your GPS accordingly.
All parking search results
Restaurants: there is only one cafe by the Sunday market, plenty in the heart of the city.

Share this Post