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2017 - Montreal - Marché Jean-Talon

2017 - Montreal - Marché Jean-Talon

After a morning visit to Montreal's Botanical Garden we hopped on the metro to visit the Jean Talon Market.

Four larger, well-known markets - Jean Talon, Atwater, Maissoneuve and Lachine - make up for most of the local produce that is sold in Montreal, making it easy for locals to eat the freshest, shortest-distance traveled food.

Situated in the heart of Little Italy, Jean Talon Market (Marché Jean-Talon) is one of the oldest public markets in Montréal. Inaugurated in May 1933, it was first called the Marché du Nord, but in 1983, its name was changed in honour of Jean Talon, the first intendant of New France.

The market started out as a lacrosse field in the north part of Montréal. The city bought the land after the economic crash of 1929 in order to build a market and create jobs. The market then was mostly frequented by Greek, Italian, Vietnamese and Irish immigrants who bought live poultry and meat on Fridays and Saturdays.

Today during the peak summer period, between May and October, its open-air arcades are occupied by about 300 vendors, mostly farmers from the countryside around Montreal.

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Photo prise @ Montreal le 31 août 2017 (© Ted's photos - Returns Early January / Flickr)

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