The Marche Daguerre was full of several stalls full of outstanding produce at very reasonable prices. My chef husband was able to pick out all the accompaniments to our Veal Orloff which we had previously gotten at the triperie. We also secured some wine and some beautiful flowers to decorate our candlelit dinner table because several of the shops on this cobblestoned, pedestrian street were also open.
Quite different from what we're used to at home, this 2 block area is full of bakeries, pharmacies, cafes, as well as a health food store, jewelry designers, perfumier and even a bon-bon shop (walk on by, fast). I appreciated this insistence on freshness direct from the producer, as I remember when my grandmother used to buy produce from a man who travelled our neighborhood in an upstate New York city before World War Two ended and the age of the supermarket dawned. Here in the Marche Daguerre the proprietors do let you pick out the produce you desire and check out at the register, where they weigh it on the same scoop scale my grandma's produce vendor used. And you are getting vegetables and fruit that are superior to that in the markets at home because they're there only for the day. The nearest metro, Mouton-Duvernet is three blocks south from the market and Denfert-Rochereau is a short two blocks away. On Sundays, many of the food shops on General Le Clerc are closed and thus the market can thrive. Vive la France! This difference is worth preserving.
May 18, 2002
From journal The "looking down" city - Ordinary Paris