Time to market, Zeeland style. Markets here are gezellig. Sauntering along the stalls, an eye open for something tasty. Fresh fruit and veg, straight from the land to the stand. Fish, right from the sea, via the quay. And all the sweet stuff, fresh from the oven of a craftsperson. Colourful flavours, tasty colours. Locals and tourists all mixed up, like the sweets in that jar. The mood is good, relaxed. See, look, taste, touch. Is ‘enjoy’ our sixth sense? It is in the market.
There’s at least one market a week in every town in Zeeland. Shop around for choice and variety. Goes is a fine example: its markets are on Tuesdays and Saturdays, on the bustling Grote Markt place. The Saturday event is great for fresh produce: fruit and veg, fresh fish, flowers and cheese. Tuesday has more non-food items: fabrics, shoes, jewellery, underwear, clothing and so many other choices. Zovee keus. Hulst is also a twice-a-weeker, as are Middelburg and Terneuzen. Take your time to stall-shop: so much fresh produce for a decent price.
Once a week
Loads of other towns and villages have a once-weekly market. In Vlissingen, it’s on Friday, in the Spuistraat. Our markets are super windows on the world of Zeeland – they just add to your holiday feeling. The Friday market in fun Sluis puts you in the mood, at the foot of the Belfort belfry tower. Thursdays, it’s the turn of Zierikzee, on the Havenplein square. You’re sure to find something to your liking but if not, just enjoy looking around. A break is always a good idea, and this place is full of cafés. Coffee, will it be? With a bolus pastry? Something stronger? A tasty local beer could do the trick.
Some villages hold a weekly market just in the summer season. Walcheren buzzes all summer long with seasonal markets in several villages. Great places with a tempting variety, from clothing to local produce. The summer markets in Brouwershaven have the added appeal of the way the harbour just morphs into the town – a maritime touch to the market. And Kamperland just dresses up for the entire summer as a marketplace of curiosa, knickknacks and local produce.
As well as the regular weekly markets, Zeeland holds special ones too. Like the annual Paardenmarkt, where a throbbing fête has replaced the former horse dealing. Every Tuesday in the summer Veere hosts a nostalgic bric-a-brac market. The Vlissingen boulevard becomes a market at Whitsun, and a couple of times in the summer. Great sea view. Kapelle really lets its hair down at its busy annual market. Down in Koewacht, on the border between the Netherlands and Flanders the annual Meikermismarkt has to be seen to be believed. Mei kermis. May fair. Enough said?