|Before, with Fathi on the left...|
|... during ...|
|... and after the transformation|
|On week-ends the shop spills out onto the rue des Abbesses (that's Samyr serving)|
|Tafouik and Marwan|
I always joke with them, so they like me. I find it makes the day go faster if people smile at you. And their days are very long - open six days a week, from 7 in the morning to 8 at night, and they don’t even close for lunch like so many other food shops do. Smiling also gets me such perks as a free head of lettuce from time to time, and once they sold me morels at half price - morels! a whole kilo of them! (Of course that was their last day before the work started and the place was to be gutted, but still, they could have saved them for someone else.) There’s always a candy for the little children, sometimes to the parent’s chagrin. And for the elderly and certain other people they like - or maybe everyone - they’ll deliver if you’re loaded down already but still buy an armful of fruit and veggies.
For all these reasons, a stop at the Abbesses Orchard (Verger des Abbesses) is part of my Paris routine. A delicious part.
P.S. I forgot another innovation: bees! While I did my shopping the other day, Samyr was busy swishing away the bees from his fruits, especially the Damson plums known by the Alsatian word quetsches in French. He told me, "I don't know where all these bees are coming from. They were never around before." When I told him about the two places higher up on the slopes, and only a few blocks away, that now have beehives, he said, "That explains it! Mystery solved."
Au Verger des Abbesses
32 rue des Abbesses, Paris 18è
Shop hours: 7 am - 8 pm
Other photos, not taken by me: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151468197557283.1073741827.220479147282&type=3