When I was a kid I was going to the market every Wednesday with my mom, while my dad was going every Saturday. It is always very crowded. The locals go early morning, the tourist later on with a camera and smaller shopping bags. Going with the plan to buy whatever looks appealing can sometimes mean you go back home with a week's worth of food.
The market has not changed much. The open building has been painted, but the layout of the stands is the same. The cheese place has a different owner but it is the same location and the cheese mature in the same cave. I still enjoy going there now. I like to go everyday and buy a little bit of everything, and cook these products in a very simple way to enjoy their taste.
All the different salads have their own distinct flavors: arugula is very bitter, mache very sweet and soft and the mesclun that mixes a dozen of different components. The olives are Piccholine or Nicoise. The fish is Sar, Pageot or Loup de Mer.
When I was younger I ate a lot of vegetables, cooked or raw depending on the season, and less protein than I eat today. But the quality of the produce was just so nutritive that it easily fulfilled the appetite. During this trip the "artichaud violet" (small artichoke) and the "courgette violon" (zucchini from Nice) were impeccable.