I'm so obsessed with hitting weird little ethnic markets (This is my favorite.
I call it the Cute Little Lady and her Cute Little Dog Store. Yes a dog works in that food purveyor.), that I had never made time to hit the big farmer's markets in Montréal until recently.
You hear a lot about the wonderful produce at Jean Talon Market, and indeed, even in winter it was beautiful. There were tons of yellow raspberries, one of my favorite things. What you don't hear about as much is the meat. When I walked into Boucherie Prince Noir
, I screamed a little. You know those plastic dividers which separate different artists' CDs at record stores? They have those, but instead of names, they have silhouettes of animals, from duck to goose, caribou to buffalo. It is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
It doesn't stop there. A whole corridor in the market proper is devoted to butcher shops and there's more outside. I bought some filet mignon of emu, a glowingly pink four-bone rack of pork for $8 Canadian, a ballotine of chicken in ham filled with raclette and pears and even a terrine of wapiti and cranberries that looked like a cupcake. I can't wait to go back!
Do you have any Montréal market favorites?