And the excitement of finding kale in Paris continues. I find it amazing that after years and years of little to no random sightings of kale in the City of Lights, that all of a sudden kale is popping up everywhere. Thank goodness!
Right before I returned from Texas a week, someone alerted me that they’d found kale at the marché Bastille for 3,50€ a bunch. So upon my return I decided to check it out. Bastille is on the opposite side of Paris from where I live, but I know there are a lot of Project supporters that live on the east side that need your kale! So off I went. Luckily for once, it was not raining.
And voilà! There is was. The best part is that I don’t think I actually found the original stand that I was alerted about. I think there are two stands at this marché – yes, if you are close to Bastille, you have two options for kale.
By walking away from the metro, I veered towards the right and passed anywhere from 8-12 stands before I immediately saw the curly-green kale standing proud from it’s cruciferous cousins.
The farmer, again who was extremely skeptical as I muddled my way through a French explanation of the Project, is from Normandy. This is his first time growing kale, which he called chou frisé (I didn’t have the linguistic energy to get into the naming issues), and is grown without pesticides. He also told me that the snails love the leafy green, to which I whole-heartedly agreed given Madame Mustard’s gallant fight this summer.
Best part? He only charged 1,80€ per bunch – which was very substantial.
I’m off again tomorrow to pick up more and see if I can find vendor number 2. If you buy any kale from Monsieur Baudry, let him know The Kale Project sent you.
Located on Boulevard Richard Lenoir, between Rue Amelot and Rue St-Sabin.
***The kale stand is located at the corner of Rue Sedaine and Boulevard Richard Lenoir on the east side of the market.