Montreal is bustling with farmers’ markets in the summer, and as September arrives, the bounty of the late summer produce rolls into town. Around the Plateau neighbourhood are a number of local markets that provide a unique way to connect with local producers and sample the products of small scale Quebec agriculture. You’ll have ample opportunity to sample or purchase fresh produce, baked goods, and local artisanal products such as cheese, charcuterie, handcrafted herbal teas, dried mushrooms, and much more. These markets embody the joie de vivre of the city, and as well as the market vendors, you’ll often find musicians, street performers, and neighbourhood folks just hanging out.
Santropol Roulant is an intergenerational community food hub with a variety of social outreach programs. One of these programs includes organic food production at their farm in Senneville, Quebec, not far from Montreal. On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer months, the Santropol farm teams up with other local vendors to host a farmers’ market outside the Roulant’s Plateau location at the corner of Roy and Saint-Dominique. Check out the list of vendors here.
When: Tues & Thurs 4-7 pm, June 20th to October 26th
Where: 111 rue Roy Est, in front of Santropol Roulant
2. Marché Fermier
Each Sunday and Thursday afternoon, Marché Fermier sets up outside Laurier metro station. It’s a lively scene amid the hustle and bustle of pedestrian traffic to and from the metro station. Local vendors with colourful stalls and an array of products on offer, an outdoor piano where many a cheerful tune is performed, and onlookers enjoying a coffee on nearby sidewalk benches. Check out the list of vendors here.
When: Thursdays 3PM-7PM and Sundays 12PM-4PM, May 18th to October 30th
Where: Laurier Station, Plateau Mont-Royal
3. Sugaree Marché Fermier at the Icehouse
Saturday mornings bring local farm, Sugaree, to the Plateau, with bountiful fresh produce for sale on the terrace of the popular and eclectic Tex-Mex restaurant, Icehouse. The farm is an initiative of the Icehouse owners and has had a successful second season. Don’t miss the $3 breakfast tacos and $2 lemonade, as well as the chance to pick up fresh, local, fruits and vegetables.
When: Saturdays, 10AM-2PM
Where: 51, rue Roy Est
4. L’Autre Marché Prince Arthur
L’Autre Marché, a local not-for-profit organization, invites producers, processors, local craftsmen to come to sell their products every week at public markets around the city. On Thursday afternoons throughout the summer and fall, a market is set up just south of the Plateau on Prince Arthur street. L’Autre Marché’s mission is to develop links in the community in an informal atmosphere, and the public is invited to come and learn about the environment, sustainable development, and ecology.
When: Thursdays 3PM-7PM from July 13 to October 26
Where: Prince-Arthur E. between St-Dominique and Coloniale
5. Jean Talon Market
The Jean Talon Market is a must visit for anyone who loves good food, artisanal products, and the hustle of an open air market. In Little Italy, north of the Plateau, the big, village-like market is open year round and bursting with local produce, cheese, butchers, prepared food stalls, and all manner of fresh and prepared delicacies. Established in 1933, it’s one of Montreal’s oldest public markets and is beloved by Montrealers and visitors alike.
When: Mon/Tue/Wed/Sat 7AM-6PM, Thu/Friday 7AM-8PM, Sun 7AM-5PM
Where: 7070 Henri-Julien Avenue, corner of Henri-Julien and Jean-Talon