Norman traders are returning to Jersey tomorrow with French food and beverages for their traditional Christmas market.
The market was due to kick off today but, due to bad weather, traders will be setting up their stalls on the Weighbridge tomorrow (12 December) instead.
They will be there every day from 08:00 until late every day until Saturday 18 December at 15:00, although some traders will be leaving next Friday (17 December).
Pictured: This will be the first Norman Christmas market since 2019.
Fruits and vegetables, cheese, saucissons (dry sausages), cider, calvados, poiré, crepes, waffles, sausage sandwiches will all be on offer.
The Maison de la Normandie will join the traders with a stall full of quality Norman products such as honey, jam, spreads tomorrow.
If you want to find out more about Norman products, the Maison de la Normandie has painted an ephemeral calendar on its windows that reveals a new product from its Boutique to passers-by every day.
Organised by the Maison de la Normandie et de la Manche, the Norman market aims to bring something different to the island and promote the quality of the Norman products.
This is only the second time this year that the traders have been able to come after a quick visit in September for the Corn Riots festival.
The Manager of the Maison de la Normandie et de la Manche, Christine Bonhomme, recently explained that customs procedures introduced in the wake of Brexit had caused an administrative nightmare for those wishing to import French produce into Jersey, including traders from Normandy.
The majority of the traders are mobile and moving from one market to the other and they have struggled with coping with the administrative burden now imposed on them, she said.
Pictured: The Maison de la Normandie will join the traders with its own stall full of quality Norman products.
“For years and years, the traders had really easy protocols. They were able to do a paper inventory at the last minute, in the case of mobile traders that was really helpful because they are always on the move and do not necessarily have a computer to do their paperwork or the time to do it in advance.
"A trader who is leaving at 18:00 on a Sunday is going to try and sell as much they can until the very last minute, but they need to fill in a form in advance to say what has been sold and what they are bringing back to France. This could mean staying an extra night just so that the form has been sent in good time.
“It’s taking away from the flexibility and responsiveness that mobile traders need, it’s very difficult for them.”
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