I Love Visiting Montreal’s Famous Local Market
Your local market is a fun place to visit with lot’s of stuff to photograph. I like going a couple of time every summer and fall to the Montreal’s Famous Local Market “Marché Jean-Talon” It is a lively place with lot’s of activity. It has an indoor and outdoor section where you find farmers and growers selling their produce to the general public. I remember as a kid that they also sold some live stock like live poultry, rabbits and even pigs. It is situated in an area call Little Italy and it is a lively area and a landmark in Montreal.
A Bit Of History About The Jean Talon Market
The Jean-Talon Local Market was inaugurated in 1933 by the Mayor Houde Camilien. In 1944, the city agreed to lease part of the main building to the Provincial Transport Company, who sells bus tickets towards the city of Laval. A section of the local market is then designed for bus departures and arrivals. The bus terminal for Laval occupied this location until 1961, attracting people in transit the opportunity to stroll the market pending departure.
A lively and Colorful Local Market
This place is a heaven for photographers and there is plenty of colorful subjects to shoot. This local market is well organized, farmers assemble their kiosk with fresh fruit and vegetables displays that entice you to buy on the spot. Many farmers also promote organically grown produces and offer from time to time different crops as the season goes by. Many local farmers will even offer you to taste the fresh products right on the spot.
If you like shooting patterns, textures and colors this is the place to be. Local market merchants are friendly and will go out of their way to serve you in a friendly manner. All around that market you find specialties shops that offer their products such as a the nice Thea House like Camellia Sinensis an essential stop to visit for thea lovers.
If there are markets close to where you live, please take the time to visit them. You will enjoy the people and the opportunity to shoot some great pictures about life at the market.
My biggest wish, is that people will eventually return to their local market and make farmers successful and willing to continue to grow locally, its better for all of us. We should all support our local economy and farmers, its also healthier and its a fun thing to do. Think about these large corporations and supermarkets do they really care about what they sell or what you eat. Many small local farmers work many hours and do this because of the passion for growing organically grown vegetables and also to make a living why not help them. Tell me why it makes sense to by a tomatoes that traveled 3000 miles when you can buy them locally when they are fresh and available.
Here are a few pictures I took at the Jean-Talon Local Market last weekend with my two daughters and my grand son. Hope you enjoy them and that it gives you the desire to visit and support your local market.