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Emily Dilling

“Life itself is the proper binge.” -Julia Child

I am good at tracking down local farmers at Paris markets and exploring & enjoying the terroir of France

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Paris, France
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Website
parispaysanne.com

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  • Emily Dilling replied to a comment by Georges Herman

    Where have all the Parisian farmers gone? via magazine.good.is

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    Georges Herman3 months ago

    Auntiegrav made a good point : parisian markets are expensive, and mostly (though not only) target well off parisian middle class.
    Though there are cheaper alternatives : I'll mention three here

    1) http://www.laruchequiditoui.fr
    Buy local quality food, sourced directly from local farmers coming for a weekly sale at your neighbour's house.
    How to use : Sign in on the website, choose the "Ruche" ("beehive") closest to where you live. Order products once a week through the website. Pay online. Get it at the weekly distribution and meet farmers, volunteers, neighbours. Go home, cook, share, smile, be happy.

    2) AMAP : Association for Maintaining a Peasant-based Agriculture.
    If you live for a year or more in a city, you can get together with nearby consumers, and get in touch with a nearby farmer. Get the money together to pay him ahead, in the spring, and get weekly baskets with his products. More if good output, less if bad output. Fair !
    Paris price is 12-17€ for a weekly basket, usually enough for 1-2 peeps. Bigger baskets available. Don't mind the weird name, they are wery widespread in France. For Ile de France, find the nearest one to your house here : http://www.amap-idf.org/trouver-une-amap_33.php
    For other provinces, google is your friend, they are everywhere.

    3) Buy directly from farmer. Some farmers are brave enough to try and e-market their products directly to the city. Here is one very good and affordable one near Paris in Cergy : http://panierbiocergy.com/

    4) Move your ass and go to the farm ! Most of them have websites, phone numbers and google maps address now you know !

    Emily Dilling3 months ago

    These are all great options- I particularly enjoy La Ruche Qui Dit Oui and have a lot of friends who have built strong community ties with their AMAP and look forward to meeting with the farmer and other participants every week. I'd just add that Parisian markets aren't all expensive- the organic ones certainly are, but if you find a farmer at a neighborhood market the prices will be incredibly reasonable and I've found that since the products are freshly harvested they last a good deal longer, so you get more bang for your buck!

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    Gudule Martens3 months ago

    The book "Hungry City" by Carolyn Steel adresses the dissapearing markets. Very interesting book to read.

    Emily Dilling3 months ago

    Thanks Gadule! I will definitely check out this book!

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  • Emily Dilling replied to a comment by Christophe Nassif

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    Christophe Nassif3 months ago

    I think the blog and its intent are great, especially for English speakers who come to Paris. However, I find it a little exaggerated to say that it's all dying. There are 82 farmers markets in the city, according to the City Hall's website (http://equipement.paris.fr/?tid=289), and as I walk throughout the city, I see farmers markets all the time.

    Are there less than 10 years ago? Perhaps, I wasn't there, I cannot say. But I do not believe the situation to be as disastrous, and I feel Parisians are increasingly going local as well, right along with an overall gentrification of the city.

    On top of going to their local markets, some Parisians are buying local online, whether directly from Rungis (mon-marche.fr), or going to a delivery point to pick it all up from the producers, called "La Ruche Qui Dit Oui!" http://www.laruchequiditoui.fr

    Emily Dilling3 months ago

    Hi Christophe- thanks for your comments. I agree that the city's infrastructure for markets is amazing, it's one thing about the model that I find more advantageous than the farmers markets in the US. However, every market isn't a "farmers" market as there are less and less that actually have farmers. While there are 82 markets, many of them are just filled with industrially farmed, imported foods, making shopping there not unlike shopping at a chain grocery store. That's why I think it's a useful resource to provide a guide for those who want to buy their fruits, vegetables, cheese, etc. directly from the producer.

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