Thouars is known for the best market in the area. On Tuesday it's the little market day where only food is available, and on Friday it's the big market day with the addition of clothes and shoes and all sorts of other necessities. It's huge and takes up all the central square of the town, plus a warehouse that opens just for market day and houses the fish and cheese and meats - all the things that can use cooling.
The assortment of cheese is mind-boggling and you can choose from cow or goat, young or ripened to an old age, white, yellow or blue. I even found Boursin cheese for about 2 euros (worth $3), while in Canada this is almost $7. A real bargain here!
Olives of every shape and colour. Some are more ripe than others and some have added spices or pimentos or parsley to add a different taste or flavour.