Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Marche Jean-Talon Fresh Market

It's been a while I haven't gone to the fresh market, in particular the Jean-Talon Market. I like the color contrasts and the variety of vegetables and fruits grown in local farms.

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berries

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The market is more vibrant during summer, but in autumn you'll see tons of pumpkins of different shapes and sizes.

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pumpkin

We put an iPhone just to show how huge the pumpkin is.

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pumpkin

There's a stall that sells only broccoli and cauliflowers.

broccoli and cauliflower stall

Lovely natural colors of the cauliflowers: purple, orange, green.

cauliflower: purple, orange, green

The seller was very kind, and gave us tips on how he usually cooks Romanesco broccoli, also called the broccoflower. Cut the bottom stem, steam the whole flower for 10 minutes. Remove and cut into small pieces before sauteing with minced garlic, salt and pepper. He said Italians love these with their pasta. The texture is more tender, and tastes sweeter than the normal broccoli.

romanesco

The market also has a special section with seafood shops, butchers shops, fresh bakery shops. The latter sell variety of bread, cheese, and very few muffins (I did not see cupcakes at all). This particular shop caught my eyes with its unique sign.

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More pictures of the Jean-Talon market, taken from the phone:













The market can be easily accessed by public transport, a few walks away from the Jean-Talon metro station. The daily opening hours are from 7 a.m. until evening.

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