Easter always marks the start of the bigger markets at Josselin (and the influx of English holidaymakers.)
The atmosphere of a Fete or Special Occassion is there all through the summer and I know from experience that that will remain until late October.
But even in the winter the Saturday morning market at Josselin is well worth a visit.
There are, on average, about 70 stalls.
The market opens at 8.30 and finishes dead on 12.30 – a siren is sounded to announce the imminent end of the market and I sometimes wonder if some of the older residents of Josselin are reminded of the war?
The market is mainly local food products, some hardware and textiles.
The cooked chicken or pork are well worth buying to take home for an easy meal.
Plenty of local bars and restaurants mean that a cup of coffee (or something stronger) is only a few steps away.
The fish seller (at the top of the market) is known for miles and is generally considered to be the best source for fresh fish in the area (unless you are prepared to go to the fish market at Vannes!)
Maybe I’m biased but… the smoked garlic from the man at the bottom of the hill is… to die for!
The pictures really do tell the tale. Although early in the year, the market was bustling and all the stalls seemed busy – there was even a queue at the horse butcher – I only hope they weren’t English people unaware of exactly which animal the meat had come from.
As the year progresses, the market gets bigger and bigger and is at its busiest during August.
I love wandering round the crowded market, seeing all the good things on offer and meeting friends. It’s almost a social event that I can look forward to all week long.
The fish for sale there look so fresh, the vegetables look so good – it’s making me hungry even as I write this.
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