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“Largest year Round Local Fresh Produce market in North America where locals shop”
Review of Jean-Talon Market

Jean-Talon Market
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Montreal, Canada
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“Largest year Round Local Fresh Produce market in North America where locals shop”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

My father bought the house I still live in today because of the Jean Talon Market. We buy 98% of our produce from there. My earliest memory of the market was about 4 or 5 years old when the family who still sells the best sweet corn in Montreal handed me a fresh corn on the cob with butter. As soon as she arrives in July I sit with her for a few minutes every day and get my corn treat.

This is NOTa flea market, nor is it a market with arts and crafts. This market is purely about fresh local products.
Its open year round 7 days a week and closed on Christmas Day and New Years day. The products change according to seasons.
The majority of the products sold outside come straight from farm to market, travelling less then one hour. Each stall will have a photo and a description of the farm telling you the distance their products are sold. The products are labelled and tells you where they are from.
The farmers are happy for you to taste the products before buying.
The producers and customers are loyal to each other.
Montrealers don't buy everything from one stall but rather buy things at the stall that specialise.
There are chefs in the all the city run public markets with tastings and receipes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Several bakeries where we Montrealers, bring our papers have a cafe au lait and something fresh before we start our shopping.
There are two fish sellers and one of them prepares fresh calamari when it arrives on the spot. During oyster season they have oyster of every type for lunch.
Montrealers love their cheese and there are several cheese sellers, an oil oil store, spice and herb store, fantastic coffee, sweets, a Mexican speciality grocery, a middle eastern special grocery, Italian, Asian. There is a section for exotic fruits of any kind that you want.

A must is a speciality shop that sells all of the small artisanal products made every where in Quebec including the 300+ micro breweries, maple products, peppers, foie gras, wines, ice ciders, cheese, ice creams and much much more

A wild game 100% organic shop that sells deer, bison, wild boar. Another that specialise in wild mushrooms.

Many of the local culinary programmes are broadcast from the market.

There is a gin bar, bistro which is great for lunch, several Italian restaurants, a speciality shop for the best mini canoli in the city.

More then 55 different cultural groups come to shop for their fresh products here and a large percent on foot or on bike.

No problem taking photographs of produce but please ask if you want the farmer and producers in your photos. Photos of children and the children from the day care centres is not allowed, nor inside small shops unless you ask for permission.

Other markets:

Montreal has three other city run markets and this is one of them.

The city also has local markets in neighbourhoods such as the one near the University of Montreal, down town. There are also pop up markets in parks and neighbourhoods with the same products sold at the markets( what many call farmers markets). We also have fruxis.. Which are pedal powered fruit and veggie sellers that go door to door.

This market is where many chefs in Montreal get their produce, people driver from Vermount, Ontario and the South and North Shore to by their produce here ( usually arriving by car)

Many people think that this is a better market to the Atwater but what they don't know is the vocation of the Atwater market is the largest flower market in North America. They still have local produce but their speciality is flowers and the variety of their butchers as well as cheese, sausages with a different demographics.

Visited June 2013
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“great for shopping or just admiring the produce”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

I sat next to a woman on a bus who recommended we visit this market. It was our last day in Montreal and it was a great way to get away from the tourist spots. We enjoyed walking around the market admiring the beautiful fruits and vegetables, wishing we could take some home. We did buy some strawberries to eat before we left. And many stalls offered free samples! There are a few restaurants and cafes adjacent to the market, so you don't have to go away hungry. Definitely worth the trip on the Metro.

Visited May 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Best Market in Town”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

I have been to both famous markets in Montreal and Jean Talon is far and away the better market. It has much better food stands and shops. The market is more open and inviting. The vendors are excellent. Jean Talon is less touristy and has a greater variety of vendors. Make this a must stop during your stay for any meal of the day.

Visited May 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“A smorgasbord of wonderful aromas and tasty treats”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Get there early, around 9:00 a.m. Lots of fun walking around the market and taking in the sights and smells as vendors set up and start cooking. Tried the mexican tacos (mini 3 for $5) - so good, don't forget the hot sauce. Many different ethnic food options abound, lots of food samplers.

Visited May 2013
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“Farmer Market Dream”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

Imagine the best outdoor farmer market, add a shaded food court with cuisine from all over the world, then a band playing live Spanish guitar, and every fresh vegetable and fruit available to buy, all on a perfect sunny day. Situated right off the street, in one the best and busiest parts of old Montreal, right next to Little Italy. Take that *special* friend, and I assure you that it will turn into something romantic after you have walked around for awhile.

Visited May 2013
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