Who said we need to go all the way to Atwater or Jean-Talon to enjoy a good farmers’ market?
The West Island has some hidden gems with specific days and times of the week where you can find an open-air market that suits your needs. Whether it’s to simply browse around on a summer day or to support local produce and small businesses, markets are always a good idea.
1Château Pierrefonds Public Market
Located on the corner of avenue Château-Pierrefonds and boulevard de Pierrefonds, this small market has all your local essentials. From matcha green tea to homemade maple donuts and even a wood fire oven pizza stand, amongst many more.
Where: Corner of Château-Pierrefonds and boulevard de Pierrefonds, Quebec
When: Every Sunday 10am-2pm, June 28th to September 20th.
This market is bigger than expected and will have you joyfully overwhelmed with all these local business stands. Some standouts here include a corn on the cob truck from Quinn’s farm, local cider with 4 free taste testers from La Cidrerie d’un Hectare, handmade soap, and roasted artisanal coffee beans from Cafe Elba, in which part of the proceeds goes towards helping coffee pickers that live in extreme poverty in Central America.
Where: near the boardwalk in Ste-Annes Village, off Ste-Anne street, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
When: Every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, May 30th to October 24th.
3Solidarity Market d’À-Ma-Baie
This market is a one-of-a-kind since they have flexible pricing. Even though it’s the smallest open-air market out of this list, it stands out since they’ve adopted a pay-what-you-can-get policy. The way it works is that they give you a list of suggested prices and it’s up to the customer if they’d like to pay slightly more or slightly less. This market is essentially affordable for everyone, even their delicious homemade pesto. Go early if you’d like to pick up strawberries, they’re typically sold out within the first 40 minutes.
Where: 9665 Boul Gouin O, Pierrefonds, Quebec
When: Every Thursday from 4pm-7pm
This is a full market. They have everything you can ask for in a farmers market. Fresh veggies and fruits are picked locally. They also have a wide selection of preserves which, if budget permits, is added to the basket for certain. They take debit. No baked goods but there is a bakery next door.
Where: 395 Cherrier, L’Ile-Bizard
When: Open daily from 8am-5pm
5Marché De L’Ouest
This comes as no surprise that Marché de l’Ouest is a staple market in the West Island. Comprised of both indoor and outdoor market space, in the summertime they always have what feels like an infinite selection of beautiful flowers and plants. The outdoor section (Les Jardins du Marché) there’s not as much variety regarding different types of stands, but they will be sure to have large quantities of your favourite local produce with several fruit and vegetable options.
Where: 1600 Salaberry Blvd, Dollard-Des Ormeaux, Quebec
Monday – Wednesday: 9am-6pm
Thursday – Friday: 9am-7pm