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Farmers Markets/ Town Markets Along The Way.

DjennyHeart

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I am curious to know if anyone has information on markets/ farmers' markets in towns along the Camino Frances...

I would like to buy as much food along my journey at markets if at all possible.

Does anyone know which towns have markets, on what days/times?

My parents are both originally from Europe, immigrated to Canada in their 20's... and one thing they always rave about are the amazing markets in Germany, France, Italy... and from my experience there are some great markets, however I don't know much about markets in Spain...

:D

Buen Camino...
Jenny.
 
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Hi, Jenny,
Some of the big cities like Pamplona and Leon have permanent fresh produce markets with a huge array of produce, fish, meats, cheese, etc. Santiago's market is pretty amazing, too. And they tend to be located in historical structures. These tend to be well located for pilgrims, who usually stay in the historic centers.

Many of the smaller places have regular market days, and then it's just a matter of lucking out by arriving on the right day. Melide's is on Sunday, for instance, and it's definitely quite an event, the whole town is bustling. In addition to fabulous produce, you can get artisanal breads, cheeses, liquors, honeys, etc. I have walked through Melide many times and had never hit on the market till this past June, and it was really a great event. Even if it's not market day, though, Melide and many other places of its size have great fruit and produce stores where you can get very high quality produce, much of it local or regional.

In my experience, when there's a regular market day, the activity is usually winding down by 1 or 1:30, so it might be hard to get there in time, depending ont he length of your day.

I know I've walked through many towns on their market days, but I've never kept a list, sorry.

Buen camino, Laurie
 
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I would like to buy as much food along my journey at markets if at all possible.
It is not really possible to plan your trip to go from market to market; they might be hundreds of kilometers apart on successive days. When you happen onto a market, you probably won't want to stock up with several days food. You have to carry it!

Most of the tiendas and supermercados have fresh, local produce, and you will pass them daily. You may want to plan on patronizing them regularly rather than seek out town square markets. Produce and bread trucks circulate between small villages each day. Listen for the honking horn!
 

Tia Valeria

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Passing through towns and villages there are usually little shops, sometimes tucked away a bit. Sometimes you will meet a bread van - they hoot as they come into villages as Falcon says. We found it easy to buy from small local places and prefer it to supermarkets. Many little stores stock everything from scythes to tinned food and cooked meats, or they will tell you where to find them. We also found some wayside stalls selling their fruit to pilgrims. As markets set up early you might find you can buy as you leave a place or pass through, and locals would be best place to tell you when/where their markets are.
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I can't remember what day it was but Palas de Rei has a good market that the yellow arrows lead you past.
Melide's market completely obscures the yellow arrows, and makes it hard to find the albergue / exit from the town.
 
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DjennyHeart

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Thanks All for the reply's!

Though I am not planning my Camino around market dates/ nor do I plan on carrying around large amounts of food bought at these markets... I do hope to experience a few at least along my Way.

And I have lots of time... I am allowing myself 6 weeks to complete the Frances (over 50 days) which will include several "rest" days where-ever my heart desires... They say we all walk our own Camino, and though I know I can walk 25km easy in one day ( I have been) I am going to take each day one at a time, with no time restrictions or set stages...

I want to be flexible and open to whatever may happen...

I will enjoy eating the local food/produce as much as possible :)

Cheers, Jenny.
 

Rebekah Scott

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Carrion de los Condes market is Thursday, I think.
Sahagun has theirs on Saturday, and it´s often a doozy. Leon´s is on Friday, in the Plaza Mayor... I think! But their Mercado de Abastos (permanent marketplace) is right up against the Barrio Humedo too, with fresh things every day but Sunday.
 

DjennyHeart

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Rebekah Scott said:
Carrion de los Condes market is Thursday, I think.
Sahagun has theirs on Saturday, and it´s often a doozy. Leon´s is on Friday, in the Plaza Mayor... I think! But their Mercado de Abastos (permanent marketplace) is right up against the Barrio Humedo too, with fresh things every day but Sunday.

Cheers Rebekah!

Thanks for the info... I will certainly keep that in mind :)

Jenny.
 
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Today in Portomarin, so I guess they have their market on Sunday.
 

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DjennyHeart

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falcon269 said:
Today in Portomarin, so I guess they have their market on Sunday.

Cool Falcon!

Nice to be picking up a bit of info ...
Sooo looking forward to my Camino experience!

JEnny
 

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