Thursday, September 9, 2010

Harvest Season in Montreal

The harvest has already begun in Montreal!

Over Labor Day weekend, Boyfriend and I scooted up to Canada for a few days. We spent a good chunk of our time at Jean-Talon Market, which is Montreal's largest farmer's market, and Atwater Market, located just a few steps north of the Canal de Lachine.

These pictures are all from Jean-Talon (except the last very one).

One of the first signs that the harvest is beginning in North America: apples!

I was surprised to find baskets and baskets of peppers drying in the sun in a place as far north as Montreal. These were all out in the dry, cool, open air. My assumption was hot weather would be necessary, but I guess not.

Boyfriend had never seen purple peppers before and wanted a photo of them. Gorgeous colors!

Before this trip, if someone had told me that Canada had fruit that I had never seen before, I would have shook my head and said, "No way!" And yet, behold: ground cherries. They have a tomatillo-like wrapper that protects a little yellowish-orange fruit, which tastes like a mild or slightly sour cherry with a tight skin that pops like the grape tomato. Ground cherries, or cerise de terre, are popular in pies and jams, apparently. I tasted one or two raw. Not bad!

Cutting to the Chase
Bring up Montreal, and the one thing everyone really wants to talk about, food-wise, is poutine.

I've had poutine before, but seeing as it was Boyfriend's first time not just in Montreal, but in the country of Canada itself, yes, we did eat share a dish of poutine. VoilĂ .


Leigh said...

Pictures of farmers' markets are my very favorite kinds of pictures!

Julian Merchant said...

Ahhh I love poutine! The last time Can and I visited Old Montreal, we almost got frostbite trying to find the best poutine they had to offer. We left empty-handed...dommage.

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