The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Fruit and vegetable markets

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288. Markets. In France, as in other countries where nurseries are not common, or to be found in every town or village, as they are in Britain, their produce, whether trees, plants, roots, or seeds, is exposed for sale in the market-places. This is a bad practice, both for the seller and the purchaser; and, in every country, as the facilities of communication are increased, it must inevitably be abandoned. The produce of market-gardens, being of immediate consumption, always has been, and always will be, exposed publicly for sale, in quantities together, for the choice of the consumer.