My Green City Life

Market Report: 28 July 2008
July 29, 2008, 3:35 pm
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It’s been a while since I did a market report, but then it’s been a while since I’ve been to the market. The real market, I mean. The J-T. I did go to the Atwater market a couple times because it’s so much closer, and I was desperate for strawberries.

I guess I have really been out of the loop because I was somewhat amazed at what all is in season now! Perhaps it’s because the last time I was there, it was all strawberries, rhubarb, and asparagus. Now it’s everything season, it seems! Tomatoes, eggplant, beans, potatoes, corn, peaches, onions, greens, herbs… I even saw some Quebec cabbage, which made me a little sad, cabbage being winter food in my eyes. I’m not ready for summer to be gone yet! No use dwelling on that, though, when there is such an abundance of tasty local summer food available.

I bought what will most likely be my last basket of strawberries for the season. There are fewer people selling them now (although still a lot) and the price seems to be climbing a bit, so I’m guessing they are on their way out. I intend to enjoy these fresh instead of freezing them, as I did with the last batch I bought. Six pints of strawberries in the freezer will make for some tasty smoothies over the winter.

As I said, I wasn’t prepared for all the summer food to be ready already, so I didn’t take full advantage. Next time, you can bet that I will be coming home with corn, peaches, and tomatoes a-plenty! Yumyum! Oh, and okra! I will keep a sharp eye out for okra. I am determined to find it this year.


Market Report from Soup Nancy
June 13, 2008, 9:30 am
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Soup Nancy has a detailed post about her favorite vendors at the Jean Talon market. Thanks, Soup Nancy! Anything that helps me weed through the overwhelming amount of sellers is always appreciated.

Market Report : 3 June 2008
June 4, 2008, 7:10 pm
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I went to the market with M yesterday. It was gray and chilly. On the drive over, I saw a lot of pedestrians and bikers wearing jackets. In June. JUNE! Where is the warm weather???

Because I am going out of town tomorrow, I didn’t buy much at the market. Despite this, I did try to look at everything to see what was in season locally. As predicted, there was a lot more rhubarb than last time. M bought a bunch along with some apples to make a crumble. Mmmmm! Speaking of mmmmm, I saw a sign that said, “Mmmmm, asperge fraiche!” and there was plenty of asparagus to get me “mmmm”-ing. M snatched some of that up too. I saw one lonely container of fiddleheads and was sad that I couldn’t buy them. Next year!

Also appearing from local sources were hothouse tomatoes (“Wow! Vraiment bonne! Sans pesticides!”), a few greens, and radishes. I saw a lot of berries from non-local sources, so I am betting that those will start coming in soon. I know that early- to mid-June is when blueberries start showing up down in the midwest, so I’m expecting to see them within a few weeks. Also, our strawberry jam making extravaganza was in mid-July last year, and I remember that it was towards the end of strawberry season. So it appears that an explosion of deliciousness is just around the corner. I can’t wait!

Market Report: 20 May 2008
May 21, 2008, 8:54 am
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After a few weeks’ hiatus, Mary and I resumed our weekly trip to the Jean Talon market yesterday. It was chilly but not as chilly as a few weeks ago. And there were stalls open! Oh yes, not just the indoor portion! I was dismayed to see SO many stalls selling what was obviously non-local produce. Most of them had their produce marked with its origin so that you could see that the peaches were from the US and the avocados were from Mexico, but the part that made me extra sad was that many of them had signs above their stalls with the name of their “farm” and the little countryside Quebec town where it’s located. This would be manageable if there were only a few of these vendors, but the market is so big that it’s hard to keep it all straight. Hell, I get turned around wandering down the aisles every time! I’m going to give these vendors the benefit of the doubt: perhaps some of them really are farmers but they don’t have any crops to vend yet so they rely on imports. Perhaps.

Another disappointment was that the egg man was there, but he didn’t have any organic eggs. I wonder if that is a temporary thing or not. The milk/dairy stall was closed too.

So what local goods were there? Quebec asparagus seemed to be the only local spring crop available. I paid way too much for a bunch from Birri, who also had some small greens and herbs. It made for a tasty dinner. There was one guy from whom we bought apples (local? hopefully. leftovers from last year? probably.) who had some rhubarb. I think next week I will definitely snag some rhubarb for muffins or coffee cake or something else equally delicious.

Soupnancy, whom I’ve just discovered, says that fiddlehead season is now at a peak, but I didn’t see any at the market. And I was looking. She also says that Francois de bois, a local forager, will have a booth at the market this year, but he’s only there Thursday to Sunday, so I didn’t see him either. I might have to make a special trip to buy some mushrooms for a special dinner!