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Farmers' Market Comes to Mile End and The Plateau

Posted by Greg / June 16, 2010

Mmmmm..... what I would give right now to walk down the street and go shopping at a farmers' market. Scotland might have every important historical source for my PhD, but it does NOT have much in the way of high quality fresh vegetables. The potatoes in Fish n' Chips and the orange extract in Irn-Bru do not count, I'm afraid to say. I hope those of you in Montreal right now know how good you have it with Marché Fermier (formerly Marché Duluth) starting its season this weekend.

Marché Fermier is the second incarnation of a project started by the House of Friendship to bring the highest quality local foods into their community. They've enlisted twenty to thirty local producers to sell delicious items such as cheese, baked goods, honey, vinaigrettes, sorbets, and (of course) fruits and vegetables twice a week until mid-October.

Everything gets started tomorrow (June 17th) in Mile End, next to St. Enfant Jesus Church and Parc Lahaie, where the usual farmers' booths will be accompanied by a cello performance and several guest speakers, including Josiane Bérubé (Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec). Three days later the market will move to the courtyard of the school Arc-En-Ciel on The Plateau, where it will arrive in similarly merry style with more classical music as well as the country stylings of Oh Sun! The market will continue just like this, switching between the two locations every Thursday and Sunday.

The House of Friendship folks plan on keeping things interesting by assigning a theme to each week, which they will announce every Sunday on their Facebook page, and having various local chefs on site to prepare dishes with seasonal ingredients.

Sounds like a party you ought to attend! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to deep fry some haggis before bed.

Mile End: 5039 St. Dominque, every Thursday from 4:30-8:30pm
Plateau: 4265 ave Laval, every Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm

photo taken from Marché Fermier's flickr page



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