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Calendar of Paris Events

December 6-14
The annual Féeries d’Auteuil takes place at the non-profit children's organization Apprentis d'Auteuil (40 rue Jean de la Fontaine, 16th, M° Jasmin or Eglise d'Auteuil) with a Christmas market, food stands, flea market, concerts, vintage carrousel and nativity scenes, from 11am-7pm. Live singing performances on St-Sun at 5:30pm. 

December 10-14
"Le Noël des Créateurs", highlights up-and-coming designers and artisans selling ther crafts "Made in France". Come for original and unique holiday gifts! You'll find 15 chalets along the Petit Ceinture (former railway) at Located at 83 boulevard Ornano, 18th (direct access to the Petite Ceinture through la Recyclerie, right outside metro Porte de Clignancourt).

December 20-21
The Village St-Paul (entrances along Rue St Paul, 4th) is having its winter brocante (flea market) this weekend, with outdoor stands in addition to the antique and vintage shops and other fun shops in the cobblestone courtyards. 

Through December 21
The newest musical comedy at the historic Folies Bergère is a high-energy burlesque show around the theme of love with dancers, acrobats, and singers performing French, American and British songs (many which you'll recognize in the preview below). Love Circus is the perfect alternative to the Moulin Rouge (including its busloads of tourists and high prices). Tickets €29-€84 (by seating area), no dinner included, discounts for booking online. 

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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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