As busy urbanites always on the go, it's easy to pop into the ubiquitous grocery chain and load up our carts with easy eats. I get it... 'cause I do it! But every time we succumb to this mindless convenience we're denying ourselves one of the true pleasures of life in our city. What is that, you ask? It's savouring the local offerings of the St. Lawrence Market!
I adore the St. Lawrence Market. Where else can you have all your senses tingle the moment you walk through a door? Like the visual assault of colours artfully arranged on the fruit stands. Or catching the burnished whiff of roasting coffee beans as the scent dances under your nose, suddenly shifting to the salty smell of fresh fish. I love hearing the snippets of conversation of people planning meals, the din of bartering purveyors tempting their wares to passersby, and the inevitable beat of a musical busker. I enjoy the abundance, the freshness, and the pleasure of squeezing local produce to ensure they're ripe exactly to my liking.
Plus, when I'm at the market I always indulge my taste buds trying a few new artisanal kinds of cheese to pair with a favourite wine, while sneaking a bite of just-purchased still warm freshly-baked bread. Experiences like this don't happen in the canned-music warehouses of 'big box' grocery chains, where solitary shoppers absently fill their over-sized carts with pre-packaged frozen foods while talking on their cell phones. How odd we have become comfortable denying ourselves the simple pleasure of shopping for fresh market food.
After all, as those who savour culinary creation know, the experience extends beyond the kitchen, to include the planning and gathering of goods!
*Photo courtesy of the National Post
This wonderful neighbourhood destination has roots that extend back to 1803, when it began offering fresh and prepared food to area residents. One thing that has remained consistent throughout the centuries is the market’s commitment to providing high-quality goods and supporting local growers. Not only is this a favourite for locals, but prestigious National Geographic magazine also placed St. Lawrence Market at the top of their 10 best food markets in the world! The world!
It’s comprised of three main buildings South Market, North Market and St. Lawrence Hall. The South Market houses roughly 120 different vendors and has exhibition space for the city’s cultural services. The North Market normally houses the Saturday Farmers Market and the Antique Market on Sundays. St. Lawrence Hall has retail shops and city offices.
The St. Lawrence Market has remained open during COVID-19, with some modifications. Some vendors are closed and they have modified their operating hours. The outdoor Farmer’s Market is expected to run until November 14. The antique market is closed until further notice.
As with all other local businesses, social distancing, handwashing and mask-wearing are required.
For their full COVID-19 response, click here.
This place is so special!
So when were you last at The St. Lawrence Market?
To learn more about the history and what’s in store at the St. Lawrence Market, click here.
St. Lawrence Market
Front Street East & Lower Jarvis Street
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