Backstage at the marketPosted: September 13, 2012
Jean Talon Market is really the best of the outdoor markets in Montreal. There’s a huge covered area in the middle where all the farmers sell their vegetables and then there’s the perimeter, lined with little shops selling spices, smelly cheeses, coffee and even mushrooms shaped like lobster claws. The centre rows are neat and tidy with all the vegetables perfectly arranged but the back lanes where the produce trucks pull in and out are always a little more interesting to me. I think today must be carrot day because everyone was hauling great bags of them to their cars and it got me wondering what they were going to do with all those carrots. Do they have horses? Are they baking huge batches of carrot cake? The carrots in my fridge always seem to last a long time so these quantities are a bit of a mystery to me.