Not being that familiar with Montreal many friends had recommended that I visit one of the city’s many famous markets. After checking out a few of them online I decided to jump on my Bixi bike and make a journey to the Jean Talon Market.
Despite it being Montreal’s largest market I was seriously impressed with the selection of local produce in the stalls throughout the market as well as the meats and cheeses on offer… I was like the proverbial kid in a candy store once again, having be rather taken by Atwater Market earlier in the week.
Since arriving in Toronto around 16 years ago I had always been particularly fond of St. Lawrence Market, but upon my visit to Atwater and Jean Talon I suddenly occurred to me that Toronto could learn a thing or two about markets from Montreal. Quite often I am so disappointed with the selection at St. Lawrence market as so much of it comes directly from the Food Terminal, much flying in from the US or South America. Saying that, there were a handful of stalls of imported fruits and vegetables at the Jean Talon market, but the vast majority for sale in the farmers’ stalls was from Quebec and clearly labelled as such.
Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he did enjoy those oysters… and the radishes obviously.