Markets are an important part of daily life in France, and we are just 15 minutes away by car from the famous "Piegut Market", the largest by far in this region, that takes place every Wednesday morning throughout the year. Parking is free and the market is pedestrianized, so ideal for a wander to pick up something tasty for lunch and to find gifts to take home. The "Cave" ( wine shop) in Piegut does a great trade on Wednesdays and you can take in your own bottles and containers and have them filled with a choice of local and regional wines at a very reasonable price!
If you are planning to visit, Brantome, the "Venice of the Dordogne", market day is on Friday morning and couldn't be a more stunning setting for a traditional french marche.
During the summer months many of the larger villages hold their own weekly evening "Producers Markets" selling local cooked or prepared produce to eat on site with tables/chairs/cutlery etc provided as part of the experience.
Our personal favourite is the St Estephe Producers Market on Monday evenings from 6pm ( when many of the local restaurants are closed) set across from the St Estephe Lake. Its a great opportunity to join in the local festivities with a variety of regional food and drink specialities on offer.
The Dordogne is renowned for duck and goose products, walnuts and Rocamadour cheese which is produced nearby. Try some confit de canard to cook on the BBQ when you get back to your holiday gite! It takes 5 minutes to cook and just falls of the bone.
Much of the regional produce here is farmed organically and is harvested the same day it is brought to market.
Vide Grenier / Artisan Markets:
The french love their flea markets and car-boot sales and there are often several to choose from in this area every weekend during the summer. They are great places to pick up a bit of vintage french nostalgia and shabby chic items you would usually only see in auction houses back home.
The website, Vide Greniers.com lists all upcoming car-boot sales in our region if you wanted to investigate possibilities before you arrive.