The end of the growing season is nigh, but there’s still time to buy fresh Quebec-grown produce at one of the West Island’s open-air markets.

autumn at the markets

As the weather grows cooler, we shift our culinary activity from the barbecue to the kitchen—from grilling to simmering. The time is ripe to visit the West Island’s open-air markets, where you’ll find a bountiful harvest from Quebec growers. Here are four that are worth your time and attention.

> Les Jardins du Marché

Where: Marché de l’Ouest, 11600 de Salaberry Boul., Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

What: Vegetables, fruit, pumpkins and potted chrysanthemums (for gardeners eager to extend the growing season).

Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

autumn at the markets
autumn at the markets
Above: The variety of Quebec-grown produce at Les Jardins du Marché is much loved by the foodies who shop there.

> Jacques Wilson & Fils / Tony Martino & Filles

Where: 250 Lanthier Ave., Pointe-Claire Village (in the Pointe-Claire Curling Club’s parking lot. Entrance is on Cartier Ave., near Lakeshore Road).

What: Locally grown vegetables and fruits. Also, a selection of locally produced honeys, mustards, maple products and other treats. A vast array of chrysanthemums awaits gardeners.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

autumn at the markets
autumn at the markets
Above: Jacques Wilson & Fils / Tony Martino & Filles in Pointe Claire Village offers a vast array of Quebec-grown produce.

> Lory Fleurs

Where: 485 Lakeshore Rd. (corner Tulip), Dorval.

What: Local produce (including apples and pumpkins), straw, potted chrysanthemums and perennials for autumn planting.

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

autumn at the markets
autumn at the markets
Above: Lory Fleurs in Dorval’s village is a springtime venue for gardeners seeking annuals, perennials and herbs. In the autumn, it’s a go-to market for shoppers seeking pumpkins, flowers, apples, and other produce.

> Sainte-Anne Market

Where: Summer location—May to October: Rue Lalonde and Ste. Anne St., Sainte-Anne-de-Belleuve. Winter location: St. George’s Anglican Church, 23 Perrault St., Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

What: Locally grown produce, sweet treats, artisanal products, baked goods, coffee, meats, cheese, and a broad spectrum of specialty foods.

Opening hours: Saturdays only. Summer: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; winter: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

autumn at the markets
autumn at the markets
Above: The ambience at Ste. Anne de Bellevue’s Saturday market is always festive.
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