A picnic pavilion in the center of the market. Doesn't everyone take this picture?
We found a parking spot about a block away and wandered in and were immediately enticed by stand after stand of vegetable seedlings being sold to home gardeners. Behind those were seemingly endless stalls of amazing looking produce, all marked as to their origin (imported or grown locally). I wanted to buy some of everything.
Baskets of gorgeous cherry tomatoes on top and bags of French shallots on the bottom.
Many of the vegetable stands were selling têtes de violon (fiddle-head ferns) and they looked yummy; I'm not sure I've ever eaten them. As if to remind us we were in Canada, sirop d'érable (maple syrup) vendors were set up around every corner. Toward the heart of the market we found butchers and bakers, delis, and shops that sold books, postcards, and kitchen tools.
Big Round Pigs (from the Iles de la Madeleine), a pork and sausage vendor.
As I've said before, this was a Saturday morning and the weather was gorgeous. People were out and about and obviously very happy wandering among the stalls in the warm sunshine. We were on our way to lunch and were hungry. Nearly everything looked appetizing.
We got your maple syrup right here!
We wandered around the market for about an hour, ooh-ing and aah-ing and taking pictures. One vendor told us that much of the local produce, like the tomatoes, are grown in hot-houses this time of year. Montréal's growing season is pretty short, after all.
Yet another produce stand at the market.
According to my extensive (not) research, the market was established in 1933 on the grounds of a former lacrosse field. It has since expanded and influenced the development of the surrounding neighborhoods, including shops and restaurants on adjacent streets. A new building and underground parking garage were built on the site in 2004 as part of a renovation and expansion project.