Tales from the riverbank III

Tales from the Riverbank part 3

Local French markets.

French village markets are world famous, but they come into their own in summer when fresh fruits and vegetables are in season and the stalls groan under the weight of ripe apricots, blackcurrants, courgettes and raspberries.

Maison Bonnes Vacances’ (REF 16022), Pure France’s fabulous riverside house close to the village of Bonnes (which currently has some late availability deals) is uniquely placed for guests to visit a huge number of markets in some of the most beautiful towns and villages of the region.

Some favourites are:

Chalais

Visit on a Monday morning to catch one of the biggest markets around. A wealth of household goods, clothes and other essentials are for sale alongside some of the region’s freshest and most delicious food. TOP TIP: We love to buy the local Pineau aperetif from the producer who has a small weekly stall here.

Verteillac

On a Saturday morning the pretty village has a few stalls selling meat, cheese, plants and other products. On the first Sunday of each month there is a huge brocante flea market which attracts buyers and sellers from all over the region. TOP TIP: Get there early – at least by 8.00am - for the best bargains.

Auberterre

There’s nothing nicer on a Sunday morning to have a coffee in the lime tree shaded village square and watch the local market take place. Depending on the time of year, oysters, bread, and wide variety of fruit and vegetables are for sale.

Bonnes

From the house, stroll into the nearby village which has a tiny market on a Wednesday morning. It’s ideal to buy meat and cheese from the visiting traders and also to call into the local bakery for croissants, a baguette or some chocolate covered madeleines to eat in the shade of your balcony as the river flows by.

Riberac

The local market town’s Friday market is known throughout the Dordogne for clothes, pottery, basketry and household goods along with the freshest and best local fruit and vegetables sold by the farmers and growers themselves. TOP TIP: Seek out the local goats’ cheese producer who sells the tastiest goats’ cheese rolled in black pepper or shallots. Riberac also hosts a smaller food producers’ market on a Tuesday.


Maison Bonnes Vacances close to the village of Bonnes

Maison Bonnes Vacances close to the village of Bonnes

Outside dining beside the Dronne River

Outside dining beside the Dronne River


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