Weekly and twice-weekly markets are a feature of French village life, and we all have our favourites. For us, the two stand-outs are in nearby Cénac (on Tuesdays) and not-too-far Cazals (on Sundays). Daglan’s own market (also on Sundays) is fine, and certainly close enough (a 60-second walk), but it’s a bit small. The one in Cénac, however, is just about the right size, with the right mix of stalls. Let’s take a tour.
First, here’s an overview photo of the market, which takes place in the centre of the village on a large municipal parking lot, spilling onto a few smaller streets. Because it’s now the middle of January, about as far from the height of tourist season as you can get, the market is sharply reduced in size — perhaps half the size when it’s busiest.
But there are still lots of reasons to visit. For us, Tuesdays are when my wife buys a few duck carcasses and a duck leg or two, plus vegetables, to make a large pot of duck soup. The market has much more than foie gras and duck meat, however. For example, there are flowers and plants:
Of course, there are several stalls selling fruits and vegetables, like this:
There’s a lot of fresh seafood on offer too, at this counter:
Among the delicacies, some nice fresh mackerel:
And there are stalls with all kinds of odds and ends, delicacies, utensils, and clothing, not to mention furniture, cheese, wine, and olives. Lots of olives:
To top it all off, the visit to Cénac gives me the chance to buy a few things at a bakery on the village’s main street — like a croissant for a mid-morning snack, and a tray of six small macarons, to munch after our lunch back home in Daglan today. Yum.