We are back from a three week trip to France, one week in Provence and two weeks in Paris.
We are curious about how the French food delivery system works. For instance, there are small market stalls in many neighborhoods in Paris that had absolutely delicious fresh fruit: cherries, raspberries, strawberries. Ripe, tasty, and very inexpensive compared to costs in our neck of the woods (Ohio). And we can't even find such fruit, not in our farmer's markets nor the high end groceries and there is nothing "in the middle".
As we think about it, we suspect it has something to do with the food delivery system. Of course, France is a smaller country than the US, but why can't I get strawberries from neighboring southern states, or cherries from Michigan (they come from Washington state), or local raspberries?
The folks at the small stalls weren't farmers. These are not "farmer's markets". And my memory is that even the local Monoprix had great fruit -- and of course great cheese and miles of yogurt.
So, any thoughts on how the system works?