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    kathyc
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    @sw31girl wrote:

    One I’m having difficulty with. I’m used to doing a weekly shop when I lived in the uk but if I try that here fresh food goes off very quickly and I end up throwing stuff away. So my tip is to buy fresh ingredients little and often where possible, ideally from the market.

    I think that for many of us the market happens once a week, so buying there little and often isn’t a possibility. Also, unlike in the UK, French markets are usually far more expensive than supermarkets anyway.

    Personally, I don’t have a problem with fresh food going off but, if I did, I would simply go to the supermarket more frequently.


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    Clover
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    The markets here are mainly for the tourists or those with plenty of money as the products on the whole are far more expensive than the supermarkets and not always such good quality either. I begrudge paying for nectarines out of a producer’s box on a market here when the same boxes are on display in SU,LeC and Lidl! As for artisanal stuff, locals go direct as we do for our tomatoes this time of year and strawberries from the greenhouses at much less.


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    noisette
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    Markets round here are expensive too, but sadly it’s rarely the growers that profit from the high prices. Blame the grossistes..the middlemen…they, like the supermarkets, have the growers in a stranglehold. Whatever we can’t grow ourselves we get direct from the growers, like that the people who’ve put in the work get the reward. And the produce hasn’t been kicking around for anything up to ten days!


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    lindal1000
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    Do they only sell in bulk, or can you by small quantities noisette?


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    chaletcat
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    Don’t be a Speedy Gonzales (see the post above)


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    Clover
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    @lindal1000 wrote:

    Do they only sell in bulk, or can you by small quantities noisette?

    Here we can buy the amount of things like tomatoes,strawberries etc by the amount we want and at the dépôt de légumes,it tends to be something like six cauliflowers for €2 so we go shares with neighbours etc.


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    thomas16
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    Luckily we’ve got several brilliant markets down here in deepest darkest 31/09 – St Girons, St Gaudens, St Martory, Cazeres… I tend to grow as much as I can in the garden but use the markets for gorgeous mountain cheeses, extra veggies and spices; ok so the produce (we buy bio from the tiny producers) is a bit dearer than the supermarkets but the quality is so much better and the carbon footprint smaller. Try to buy seasonal veg (you probably won’t have much choice in the matter); if there’s a glut it’ll be cheaper… then get digging and grow your own :lol:


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    gbm
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    Clover, how do we find out where the ‘depôts de legumes’ are in 22 please? I’ve found nothing on pagesjaune.


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    Clover
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    You could contact SICA or look on their website. Normally the dépôts have the Prince de Bretagne logo on the outside. I’m sure any neighbouring farmers who produce crops will be able to tell you the nearest one but they won’t be in a large town, usually on the outskirts of a village with good road infrastructure for the trailers to get in and out.


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    gbm
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    Thank you for the information.


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    Annabelle’s Papa
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    I have only found 3 in Brittany, two in and around Guincamp and 1 near Lannion:

    http://www.lataupecologik.com/depot/?PHPSESSID=aqe97ms1lj7oeqnc2oqqtj6nc4

    scroll down to see the maps

    Are there others ?


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    Clover
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    Around here are several but very local and as we are not far from SICA HQ which was set up by Alexis Gourvennec and co in the 60’s for the Finistère agriculturers to sell their produce they are perhaps more prolific than in other depts.


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    Do not buy a V12, heavy on fuel and risk of heart attack when filling up the tank.


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    Grumpy Yorkie
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    @mysty2 wrote:

    Do not buy a V12, heavy on fuel and risk of heart attack when filling up the tank.

    Always switch off the engine when filling up, to avoid a syphon effect on the petrol pump.

    Carry tippex to deduct a “1” from the petrol receipt, to avoid grief from the missus.

    S.


    Flat cap, whippet, Panda, V8 Jaguar, V12 Mercedes and a '54 Sunbeam Talbot 90 called Josephine (obviously) ................... bloody grand!

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    intertype7
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    DO buy a V12. There’s more to life, etc
    You can’t put a price on the feelgood factor…

    Life with a V12 Jaguar

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