There is a market every day of the week somewhere in the villages of Provence. The best of the lot, though, is Sainte Cécile’s market every Saturday.
It takes over most of the village centre and is big enough to meet most needs but it’s not so big to prevent you getting round to see everything.
Sensible locals do serious shopping early before the crowds arrive and the queues are longer.
When I’m in Ste Cécile, I do two trips: the first at 8am for buying provisions followed by coffee and a croissant in one of the village’s three cafés; the second later in the morning to accompany any visitors for a leisurely look at the stalls while navigating the crowds. And then back to the café for a beer or a glass of local wine.
The market is 900 metres from the house and is an 11-12 minute walk.