Since the early 1800s, the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto has been a traditional marketplace for fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses and all manner of other agricultural products. It’s a colorful and happily bustling scene that has the distinction of being named by National Geographic in 2012 as the world’s best market. Even if a matter of opinion, that’s high praise! Snapping these shots between bites of a warm croissant graced with some local honey provided a relaxing hour’s idyll.
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I love the way you capture so much color in your photos!
One of my favorite shopping locations….
It is a cool place.
There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of a large market like this, is there? And as Dan said, you take wonderful photos!
Hey, Wendy, thanks! Yes, a terrific atmosphere!
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Yum! The cheeses are my favorites.
These make me want to eat!
Fantastic photos, Brett! I have always said that produce from my home province is simply the best! Thank you for the ‘homegrown’ photos! *biggest grin* Cher xo
Cher, Ontario produces some wonderful foods!
Indeed it does, Brett! xo
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One of my favourite places to go each summer when I am home. We always love the Montreal Bagels which are truly the best!
True. Probably the best in Canada, although pressed for the title by Vancouver’s Granville Island. Neither could match Montreal’s Main in its day; but that’s much gone now.
Hendrik, thanks for sharing this good additional information. I’ve been to Vancouver several times and next visit will make a point to seek out the market you mention.
Let me know if you ever make it out to Alberta, Brett! We have a tremendously vibrant, burgeoning Farmer’s Market culture here in the capital city (Edmonton), and I’d love to take you on a tour! And in true Prairie fashion, many of them move indoors through the winter months – because shopping in -35C is best done with central heating 🙂
Sydney, there’s much about Alberta and, specifically, Edmonton (a city I’ve yet to visit), that I want to explore. Thanks for mentioning this market (and the reminder of the chilling winters, which make me marvel at the people who are able to endure it.)
Thanks Brett! We are a fairly hardy lot, it’s true. Case in point: it’s been snowing in various parts of the province the last few days. We got some snow a couple of days ago. I, personally, am unimpressed! It won’t last … I hope. But I think that’s part of why Edmonton is so vibrant, oddly enough – and why the local food scene is growing by leaps and bounds. There’s (finally) a recognition that the same tough climate that breeds resilience also spurs creativity: short but mighty growing seasons, hardy varieties of veggies and fruits, unique finds for locavores (Bison! Elk!) … Community and urban gardens … The list goes on. I hope you do visit … Twice (you need to see the place in +30C AND -30C weather to really appreciate it!)
Did you have a peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery at St. Lawrence Market? My favourite Toronto sandwich when I lived there for 25+ years and when I visit now for family. In fact, you and I might have been at the Market at the same time since I was in Toronto for a few wks. around this blog post publication.
I saw the Carousel Bakery but didn’t have a sandwich from there. It’s a small world!