When I finally made it to Marché Bio Brancusi last week it felt like a pretty momentous occasion, not only because I was awake and in a distant arrondissement on a Saturday morning, but also because the visit marked a Marché Bio hat trick.
A little bit of background: Paris is hosts to three all-organic markets, the well known and much visited Marché Bio des Batignolles and Marché Bio Raspail and the often overlooked Marché Bio Brancusi.
In 2010, when I first started this blog, Batignolles and Raspail were among the first markets I visited. I spoke to many vendors at these markets about the third organic market, Marché Brancusi, and found that the vendors were split into people who either once had stands at this market and had since decided to stop going or those that didn't feel like it was a big enough market to be worth their time.
The disinterest of my trusted organic vendors mixed with my increasing interest in finding local producers over organic stands at the markets oriented my explorations away from completing the bio market trifecta and towards exploring more standard neighborhood markets.
But one recent Saturday morning I decided to make my way to the 14th arrondissement and get a feel for this little market. Settled into the unassuming Place Constantin Brancusi the eponymous market is indeed small, but that is part of its charm. As opposed to the crowds and tight spaces of the Batignolles and Raspail markets, which are also both held on the weekend, Marché Brancusi is uncrowded and laid back, making for an easy and stress-free shopping experience.
While there are no independent farmers at the market, one fruit and vegetable stand boasts produce sourced from French producers and other similar stands seem to privilege local and biodynamic products. These French-grown légumes are mixed in with imported, out-of-season selections as well as dried fruits and other foreign finds.
Other alimentary needs are covered with a selection of stands including a fishmonger, butcher, and baker. Whereas Marché Bio des Batignolles and Marché Bio Raspail have at least two of each of these speciality stands, Marché Brancusi just covers its bases, which seems just fine for the regular shoppers who return to the market each week.
If you have the chance to visit Marché Brancusi I recommend doing so. The market is a great compromise between the large-scale, crowded organic markets and the sprawling weekday markets where you are lucky to find one farmer amongst the imported fruits and vegetables- with the addition of some local farmers, this would be a great model for markets across Paris and beyond.
Marché Bio Brancusi
place Constantin Brancusi 75014
M°Gaîté (line 13)
Open Saturday 9h-15h