We have a market on Tuesdays in my own village, a market on Mondays in a town at 5 km distance and another on Thursdays at yet another town at 5 km distance.
Best sources for local produce and seasonal food. Not always the cheapest but the very best you can get. Yesterday, Thursday, I came home with things like this;
Belgian White asparagus. It doesn't show on the picture but these are a good 2 cm in diameter! Price; around 1€ per piece. Available during a short season. We check the freshness by rubbing some asparagus along each other; it has to produce a loud squeaking sound.
Belgian strawberries. They mostly come a little later after the start of the asparagus season. We have a very strong reputation in producing high quality strawberries, real taste bombs. A quick taste with some Greek yoghurt and nothing else on them.
Belgian cheeses. It may surprise you if you knew that my country has over... 300 cheeses! Exceptionally, both of the above have something to do with beer too. The left one is an abbey-style cheese called "Groendal Grand Cru", a cheese that had a treatment with Rodenbach Grand Cru, an "old brown" quality beer. The cheese on the right is "Poperingse Keikop" a soft cheese that contains hop shoots. Every year when the hop starts growing again, they remove the short shoots and leave only a few to grow. The removed shoots are a very expensive delicacy and sold to mostly top restaurants all over the world where they are prepared mostly like asparagus.
Both cheeses are simply stunning!
And I also brought some monk fish from the market. Forgot to take a picture.