Montreal’s Jean-Talon Market
Why are public markets so much more fun than a supermarket? The produce is at least a step closer to the farm, I suppose. But more than that, there is a color and bustle, a liveliness, that is infectious.
In Montreal, we love to visit the Jean-Talon Market, in the Little Italy section on the north side of the city.
Never mind eating, the colorful produce is a visual feast. How could you look at all those peppers and tomatoes without smiling?
Jean-Talon is one of Montreal’s oldest public markets, going back to 1933. Generations have grown up buying and selling there.
Try to find mushrooms like these at a supermarket.
This little girl looks like she is wondering if these vegetables might taste as good as her popsicle. They do look like as if they could be candy.
We bought some fresh Quebec strawberries to eat in the car. They were delicious.
There is music to hear as well as sights to see. These two were playing Andean music. The guy on the right was playing the guitar, pipes, and a drum simultaneously. Quite a virtuoso performance.
The peches de L’Ontario were also juicy and good.
Plenty of enticing ready-to-eat food can be found at Jean-Talon. Judy and I bought hot sausages (Croatian, if I remember right) on rolls from this stand. They were spicy and yummy.
The mix of people is as interesting as the mix of produce.
Worried about running out of garlic? Fear not.
Do you have a favorite public or outdoor market?