French market

The French market makes its first visit of the year

CHEESES, sausages, ciders and other French products will be on sale when the Norman Market returns to St Helier next week for the first time in 2022.

Organized by the Maison de Normandie, the market will take place at Place Royale from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 June before moving to Broad Street on the weekend of 11 and 12 June.

Following travel challenges and Covid-19 restrictions, organizers are hoping for a return to normal for the market, with traders visiting Jersey regularly during the summer and into December ahead of 2020.

A retailer specializing in soaps and bags will join the group of visitors for the first time since 2019, while other products available include sausages, rillettes, fruits, vegetables and a wide variety of cheeses.

A Maison de Normandie stand will offer a range of products made in Normandy: gin, biscuits, honey, jam, nougat and the Calvados-based p’tit zef aperitif.

When the market was last visited in Jersey in December, Brexit restrictions prevented traders from bringing some food items back to France. A spokesperson for Maison de Normandie said there had been discussions with island retailers aimed at ensuring that any product left over from the next visit could be sold rather than wasted.

All stalls will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, with some outlets opening earlier at 8:00 a.m. or trading longer into the evening. The first day of trading on Wednesday is due to start at 10:00 a.m., while the market is due to close at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.