We love the farmers’ markets in Montreal, especially during the summer months, when all the produce is at its peak. While there are many markets scattered throughout the city, Old Montreal needed its own market for tourists and residents alike. Thankfully, Marché des Éclusiers is back again to give those living in (or visiting) the Old Port a fresh option for summer’s bounty.
Located right by the water, within Marché des Éclusiers there are plenty of restaurants where you can stop and enjoy a drink and something to eat. There are five restaurants which all have very different menus to satisfy everyone, and on Thursdays and Saturdays there will be eight different farm stands selling varied produce.
We started our media night like most media events, drinking at the bar. We had an Aperol Spritz, the perfect summer cocktail. A little bitter, a little sweet, it’s a well-balanced cocktail that always makes us happy!
The farm stands will set up on Thursdays from 2pm to 7pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. The majority of the products being sold will be local, including fruits, vegetables, cheese, breads, and more. The producers selling their goods will be: la Ferme des Quatres-Temps, les Jardins Carya, La Petite Boulangerie, la Ferme Lauzon, au Grès des Champs, Tout Cru!, Oh So Vegan!, Ferme Home Field and more!
One of the great new additions to the Marché des Éclusiers is Martin Juneau’s Pastaga Snack Bar which will offer plenty of seafood. We indulged in the oyster bar that was set up for the media event. We also tried some favourites from their restaurant menu, and a few glasses of wine for good measure. All this while enjoying the view from the second floor of this waterfront market!
Another favourite and hard to resist spot will be Burger Royale. We tried a mini burger which was not mini at all, and we weren’t complaining. It was dressed simply with melted cheese, tomato, lettuce and their special sauce, we loved it and could have eaten an entire tray of them (don’t judge us!)
We also tried several items from Paradis BBQ in conjunction with the menu du Marché which will offer Quebec products, flavours and traditions. The poutine topped with a piece of rotisserie chicken was delicious! The fries were crispy, the cheese squeaked and melted perfectly, the gravy was rich and the chicken was lick-your-fingers-clean good!
The mac n’ cheese, also from Paradis BBQ, was creamy and gooey! There was a little hint of spice which we loved and a little bit of tomato which added a nice acidity that is not usually found in mac n’ cheese. Though we only tried the small portion during the media event, we could see ourselves eating an entire heaping plate!
We also had a lighter bite from Paradis BBQ; an asparagus salad with strawberries and a thin slice of marinated pork. The pork was tender, and the strawberries were a little sweet which paired perfectly with the Quebec asparagus, making for a great summer salad.
Along with these restaurants, there is also Volcanic Organic, a café which also offers artisanal chocolates, various breakfast items and vegan pastries. And if BBQ isn’t what you’re looking for, you can head over to Velish, which offers smoothies and salads, all made fresh!
We love that another farmers’ market has sprung up in Montreal selling local products and showcasing local producers. If you’re in the Old Port area or just want to relax and enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of Old Montreal, head to the Marché des Éclusiers.
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