But here's the deal folks. With all the talk about reducing our carbon footprint, eating locally, and eating what it's in season, it's important to recognize that Parisian markets are not necessarily models for this type of behavior. Most importantly, most Parisian markets are NOT farmers' markets. Take a look at the country of origin (a required label) here:
What's on offer at the market may often be better than what's available at the supermarket. But that's not because the vendor raised it himself. He may just have good connections at Rungis, the vast wholesale food market on the outskirts of Paris. So, if you want to buy local produce, you need to look for a vendor marked "producteur."
Paris food writer Phyllis Flick has written a long and thoughtful post on how to eat locally in Paris and if that's your goal, I suggest you take the time to read what she has to say. Personally I'm not quite ready to go completely local (what, no more mangos unless I move to the tropics?!) but at least I'm doing my buying with my eyes wide open.