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Calendar of Paris Events

July 20 - August 16/23
Paris Plages: sand, beach trees, volley balls and bikinis -- on the Seine! Along the Right Bank quays and Hôtel de Ville until August 16th, at the Bassin de la Villette until August 23rd. This year's edition of the Paris Plages will feature many fun activities. Free entry, 9am-midnight. The 2015 schedule will be up here on opening day.

July 22-August 23
The annual Open-Air Cinema Festival takes place Wed-Sun nights at the Parc de la Villette's Triangle Prairie (M° Porte de Pantin), starting at sunset (around 10pm), free entry (deck chair rentals from 7:30pm). This year's haunting and spooky and horrific theme is "Home Cinema" (all films can be downloaded to watch at home from the website), including: Last Days, Beetlejuice, shutter Island, The Shining, Moulin Rouge, the Ghost Writer, and many French and international films (all in VO with French subtitles). 

Through August 23
The 30th annual Fête des Tuileries funfair with carnival rides at Tuileries Gardens starts today, free entry, rides with individual tickets. Plenty of food stands, too!

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Thursday
Mar052009

Greenmarket Alternatives

by Camille Malmquist

The greenmarkets of Paris are one of the city’s best activities. I love weaving my way through the crowds, ogling the incredible diversity of produce, cheeses, bread, and meat available, and best of all, picking up something tasty for dinner. But sometimes I’d rather spend my Sunday morning in my pajamas, drinking coffee on the couch. I can’t be the only one. Enter the vegetable delivery service. Imagine, someone else doing the shopping for you, bringing you the best, locally or regionally sourced, organic foodstuffs.

One such service, Les Paniers du Val de Loire, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) co-op of sorts, delivers freshly farmed organic fruits and vegetables to 100+ pick-up spots in Paris and Orléans. The offerings vary by the season and the week. One panier contains enough produce to serve two people for about 5 meals, and the price works out to about €14 per week. They offer a 6-week trial period, after which you can sign up for the whole year (paid all at once or in monthly installments) if you so desire. They don’t do door-to-door delivery, but there are so many pick-up locations in Paris that you probably won’t have to walk more than a couple of blocks to get yours.

If you’d rather have your seasonal vegetables arrive on your doorstep, or if you’re not sure you want to commit to even 6 weeks of deliveries, check out Le Haut du Panier. Featuring premium vegetables from Ile-de-France’s most famous farmer, Joël Thiébault, as well as cheeses from Philippe Alléosse and bread from Jean-Luc Poujauran, this is a food geek’s dream. The “panier découverte,” for €38 sounds expensive, but it is huge – (despite what the website may say) it is enough to feed two for nearly 2 weeks! And the produce is gorgeous, befitting its designer pedigree. There are options to add a basket of fruit, a loaf of bread, or a selection of cheeses to your vegetables, which are delivered on Fridays, as long as you’ve placed your order by 10 pm on Wednesday.

Not comfortable letting someone else decide your menu? No problem. Mr Fraicolo will take your shopping list to the market at Rungis (where all the sellers at the greenmarket get their stuff) and bring your selections to your home by ecologically-conscious bicycle. Choose from fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat and charcuterie, and even some grocery items and household products like pasta, toothpaste, and dish soap. The minimum order is €39, with a €5.99 delivery charge, and they deliver Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 9 pm. Orders must be placed by 8 pm the night before – no same day deliveries.

Whether you prefer a weekly grab bag of organic goodies, name-brand local produce, or a personal food shopper, whether you’re in Paris for a few weeks or indefinitely, there’s a delivery service for you – for those times you don’t want to get out and explore the market, that is.

(All websites in French)

Les Paniers du Val de Loire

Le Haut du Panier

Mr Fraicolo

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Reader Comments (1)

Thanks Camille! Another one I've tried is Le Campanier (http://www.campanier.com).
March 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

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