#THE GRAND MARKET

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Second Min in France after Rungis, the Toulouse market of national interest is the main entry point for agro-food and horticultural products from the Occitanie region and constitutes the belly of Toulouse.

On more than 18 hectares, 6 of which are built, this place is reserved for agribusiness and horticultural professionals and remains open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It brings together supply and demand in a single point in order to better manage supply, reduce material costs, clarify transactions and secure and massify the food supply to cities.

Two visiting times are available depending on the interest, profile and possibilities of each:

- 6h for early risers: you will have the chance to attend the opening of the "producers' window", when buyers are on the lookout for the best product at the best price.
- 8:30 am for those who cannot for planning or timing reasons take advantage of the morning activity. You will do the same tour in calmer conditions and with less effervescence.

 

Welcome to a real anthill!

 

The guide takes you first to the conference room to introduce you to what the MIN is: its statutes, regulations, the history of Min Toulouse, its geographical location, its specificities, its management, its actors, its partners, its jobs, veterinary standards, controls, traceability. This presentation will be followed by a film on the tide, a sector that is not accessible, but which is also spectacular.

The colorful passage of the caterpillar will make you travel and wander between the colorful and fragrant stalls: around thirty fruit and vegetable wholesalers are installed in this "Chenille". The guide presents the activity of wholesalers, the functioning of a "box" as well as the trades. You will have the opportunity to discuss with one of them to have a more concrete vision of their activity and their products.

 

The discovery of fascinating professions

 

The passage in front of the training center for the culinary professions Thierry Marx's cooking school: Cooking Instructions for use (s): we present to you this concept set up by the famous chef to train quickly and free of charge professionals. catering trades and support them towards employment.

Depending on the time and the activity, you can enter the premises and have the intervention of the school director.

Several spaces then open to you:

  • The producer tile: either active for the 6am visit, or activity completed for the 8:30 am visit. First tile producer in France, the producers (from the Toulousaine belt only) come to install their merchandise from 4 a.m. to open for sale to professionals from 6 a.m. Operation, trades, buyers ...

  • The flower and plant producer tile: heated space that welcomes local producers of flowers and / or plants in the best possible conditions for a presentation to buyers (florists, restaurateurs, etc.)

  • The flower and plant wholesale hall in which wholesalers present their products.

  • One of the cash and carry stores dedicated to the sale of various decoration and design products.

  • Stop at Sublim Aromes: wholesalers and semi-wholesalers of organic products, local products, sustainable agriculture (coffee, chocolate, fruit juice, beer, etc.)

Prices

Adult price: 15 €
Minors and students: € 13
Free for children 6 and under

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Useful information

Duration of the visit: 2 hours

Visit by reservation only for groups and individuals
Wednesday and Friday, 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Tours offered in French and English

Early bird rewarded coffee / croissant offered!

The visit ends with a breakfast (coffee, tea or chocolate, and croissant or chocolatine) for the 6h visit. As for the 8:30 am visit, breakfast can be chosen by the group before crossing the caterpillar (wholesalers) or in the middle or at the end of the visit.

Reservation by email or phone: 05.34.39.42.00

Starting point of the visit: 146, avenue des Etats-Unis 31 200 Toulouse