For gourmands, Saint Tropez’s fresh produce is heaven. When you’re in the mood to cook for yourself or have a private chef prepare an exquisite meal for you, the finest organic produce can be found in Saint Tropez and her surrounding towns and villages.
Even better, there is no need to leave your sunny poolside: most of these producers will happily deliver – meaning you can enjoy the finest fresh produce in St Tropez when you stay in a luxury villa.
It’s important to note that ‘organic’ in French is called bio, short for biologique. For producers to be able to sell under the bio label, they are required to undergo a rigorous vetting process. Successful producers are then able to label their produce with the prestigious ‘Agriculture Biologique’ label. Keep an eye out for this logo when going about your shopping for the best organic fresh produce in St Tropez.
Best fresh produce in St Tropez
Laurent Primeurs is the most popular spot for organic food in St Tropez. It’s also family owned and run by couple Christine and Laurent Edlinger. They have a hard-earned reputation for high quality fresh produce, and the majority is locally produced right here in Provence.
Not everything, however: a rich, buttery caviar can be found from Aquitaine, or a delicate AOP-protected crème fraîche from Isigny-sur-Mer, Normandy.
With a huge range of exotic spices, fresh patisserie, and traditional French artisanal products — think mustards, chocolates, and assorted pickles — as well as luxe teas, tisanes and even a few tinctures, Laurent Primeurs is worth a look-in.
Deliveries are made between 9am and 12pm daily.
Marché Bio à Grimaud (Grimaud Organic Market)
If you’re more interested in whiling away a morning surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a French open-air market, the Grimaud Bio Market is the perfect option for those seeking the best organic fresh produce in St Tropez.
It’s the first marché of its kind in the Gulf of Saint Tropez, and each producer must be certified organic.
This is a market unlike any other, with a focus on zero waste, ethical consumerism, and ecological food in St Tropez. However, it’s only once a month, so time your visit well.
Marché de Saint Tropez, Place des Lices
Place des Lices is the location of Saint Tropez’s very typical Provençal market, located just moments away from some of the finest luxury villas in Pampelonne. While not dedicated to organic produce like the market in Grimaud, several local vendors have begun the certification process.
The ones that have succeeded will proudly display their label.
One such vendor is long-time Marché de Saint Tropez producer Loïc de Saleneuve, a market gardener, cheesemaker to chefs, and beekeeper. He and his family also produce a variety of seasonal jams. All of his products are certified organic, and he’s a poet in his spare time to boot. Listed in the prestigious Gault & Millau guide, he’s worth the trip into town alone for the finest organic food in St Tropez.
Epicerie Naturelle is something of an institution in Saint Tropez. In order to be stocked within its hallowed walls, products must be certified organic.
The three store patrons, Agnès, Corinne, and Claude, are experts in living organically, including food, beauty and wellbeing, and even the cleaning products they prefer to use at home.
They also offer free delivery.
l’Epicerie by Byblos
If you’ve been to Saint Tropez, you’ve heard of Byblos and internationally renowned chef Alain Ducasse’s restaurant, Cucina.
The hotel’s restaurants are supplied by their 300m2 ‘agroecological’ vegetable garden, the first of its kind within a hotel with a Palace distinction in Saint Tropez. These fresh, hyper-local vegetables are available within the Hotel’s delicatessen, l’Epicerie by Byblos, as well as Byblos Honey, from the beehives in the garden.
Le Jardin du Primeur
In nearby Cogolin is Le Jardin du Primeur, run by locals Mélanie and Mathieu Manzoni.
Fresh St Tropez produce is chosen personally by Mathieu according to three criteria: taste, freshness, and the quality-to-price ratio. All locally produced, the couple often supply local chefs, villas, and restaurateurs.
With a large, hand-picked variety of wines, groceries and dairy products from Provence, and a selection of high-quality Italian imports (think olive oils and spreads), Le Jardin du Primeur is a favourite among locals and visitors alike seeking the best fresh produce in St Tropez.
There can be no question, when you rent a luxury villa in St Tropez you can enjoy the very finest fresh St Tropez produce to perfectly complement your stay. For those seeking to enjoy gourmet delights while holidaying in St Tropez, the team at St Tropez House can arrange for a private chef to source and cook the best organic produce in the privacy of your exclusive villa. Contact us today.