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.
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.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.