THE popular farmers' market returns to Loubejac, in the Dordogne (map), later this week where visitors get the chance to try products straight from the farm.
Every Thursday, from around 6.30pm, chairs and long tables are laid out close to the small church and people arrive with their knives and forks, paper plates and cups for a glass of red.
There is the chance to try different locally produced food, often featuring duck, chips and thick slices of bread.
During the summer season markets around this southern corner of the Dordogne will host similar events, sometimes featuring live music, but always offering a slice of real French life.
There is a Marchés des Producteurs website which looks to promote some of the events taking place across France.
Unfortunately it is not the most complete site, for example I struggled to find anything in the Lot, hopefully it will be updated soon.