The tradition of the French market is not complete without the French market basket. They come in all shapes & sizes as well as a multitude of colors.
At almost every market there is at least one vender selling baskets. In the St. Antonin market there are a number of different basket stalls offering a variety of beautiful & useful baskets & totes.
One thing is certain, one simply does not go to the market without some sort of basket & more often than not with two baskets.
It is as much a tradition as the market itself. Everyone it seems has his or her favorite, sturdy but well woren basket or baskets to " faire les courses".
With list in hand, they tuck each of their purchases into their baskets as they make their way from one vendor to the next, much like the gentleman above. Yes, that is a gentleman in the photo above & yes, men as well as women do their marketing with a basket over their arm.
I love the tradition of the market basket. Although the style of the baskets has changed over the years, the addition of bright colors for example, the market basket has always been a part of the market experience. This is the way it has always been &
I find something very comforting in that.