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Sarlet Saturday Market

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Sarlet Saturday Market

At what time does the market actually open on Saturday morning?

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1. Re: Sarlet Saturday Market

Depends what you mean by open.

The fish man is setting his stall up at 6.30

The duck man about 7 the cheese lady about 7.30. By 8 the place is crawling with tourist photographers trying to get that atmospheric shot of tomatoes or fois gras but not actually buying anything. The elderly locals appear about 8.30 before the market is swamped by tourists and the sun damages the fruit and veg then by 10am the tourist are pouring in to town.

There is no official opening time.

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love your resonse!!!! there is a

Wednesday market-- food only. same applies

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We were in Sarlat last saturday and believe me they stated stared setting up the market just down the street from us before six. But not every stall was ready before 9am. Some just went and had breakfast before setting up the stall, the range of produce is amazing and varied. Good food.

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We were in Sarlat last saturday and believe me they stated stared setting up the market just down the street from us before six. But not every stall was ready before 9am. Some just went and had breakfast before setting up the stall, the range of produce is amazing and varied. Good food.

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This spring I was horrified to see how much the prices at the Sarlat market had increased, especially in tandem with how much the quality had fallen -- on fruits and vegetables. I had no such problems with duck, foie gras, or chevre.

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6. Re: Sarlet Saturday Market

There is a problem with markets in France and Sarlat is no exception.

In the last 5 years the supermarkets surrounding the town have been increased substantially and with the ease of shopping, car parking, shopping trolleys, choice, the traditional outdoor market is in decline.

The very thing that attracts tourists to the market is being challenged by the tourists themselves.

Locals find it impossibly inconvenient to park in the summer months due to the pressure of visitors. The traders are selling less and less of the traditional products because all tourists want to do is photograph it rather than buy it. Other than cheese and strawberries there is not much a tourist can buy if they are staying in a hotel or B&B. Consequently the produce market is selling more and more Fois Gras/Wine/Strawberries because the locals are choosing the supermarkets for convenience instead. Fruit and veg stalls are in decline and choice becoming more limited.

In winter the market is a meeting place for the villagers but in summer due to the pressure of visitors it becomes impossible to simply stand and chat. The young people of the town are losing that social element of French market culture which the older residents looked forward to twice a week.

The market is still a 'must see' attraction but take away the aimless, meandering crush of tourists in summer and you will see that local trade which has underpinned the market for centuries has evaporated.

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