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Feb 23, 2013 03:18 PM

Jean-Talon Market & area 2013

There doesn't seem to be a 2013 thread. I'm making this one market and nearby businesses as they seem to blend in together (Jos la Croûte is technically not in the Market)...

Just wanted to point out that work is proceeding apace on Boucherie du marché, which was heavily damaged by fire a couple of weeks ago. That shop is always packed, not only for meat and poultry but also for cheeses and many fine grocery items, usually at a most reasonable cost. I'll keep you posted.

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  1. Anyone get to the Mtl en Lumiere events at JTM going on this weekend? IMO Le Pain Dans Les Voiles a few blocks away blows away Joe La Croute.

    Also, they seem to be doing some renovations at the market in preparation for the summer.

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    1. re: ios94

      They are renovating the concrete structures that house the outdoor stalls. I think it is as much a safety concern as anything else. Hope the concrete is not from Mr Sidewalk...

      Le Pain dans les voiles (just one short block north of Jean-Talon, on Castelnau, and one even shorter block east of the eastern end of the market, corner Drolet), in my opinion complements Joe la croûte. They seem to have (very good) "fancier" stuff such as cheese breads, their basic baguette is a bit more expensive and most important it is a MUCH larger space. In years past, those premises were a small Italian supermarket (like a small Intermarché). They are planning a comptoir with coffee, brioches and sandwiches at least.

      Unfortunately I was at JTM yesterday, not today (Saturdays are horrible for practical shopping there); will try to get there tomorrow, though I'm working. There is a Saguenay Lac St-Jean event going on, with tastings and perhaps workshops.

      1. re: lagatta

        That's exactly how I feel about Joe la croûte and Le pain dans les voiles, both great, both different kind of bakery style so they complement each other really well. The only thing we can really compare is the baguette, and I prefer the one from Joe.

        1. re: Glaff

          I'll have to give Joe's baguette another shot because the only time I tried it I found it very sub par and not fresh. Their kamut bread is very good but I've tried some of their others and they just don't do it for me as much as Voiles, Clafoutis and Bete a Pain.

          Yup figured it was some sort of structural upgrades.

          1. re: ios94

            I am VERY fond of Joe's heavy 100% rye bread (to be cut in fine slices and used for Nordic open-faced sandwichs) but you have to like that type of bread.

            Don't see how Joe's bread could not be fresh, as they run out of pretty much everything at the end of the day. But different consumers prefer different bread-making styles.

            I haven't been to Bête à pain yet, will wait until I can cycle there - it is practically due north from my place, but the 55 bus only goes to Chabanel so I'd have to take two buses...

            1. re: lagatta

              Has anyone tried their "brioches"? I think they are amazing! I've only had the regular ones but they told me they now bake some with dates, cranberries and maple. They are usually ready a little bit before lunch. Oh, and they only bake them on the weekend if I'm not mistaken.

    2. I found the Saguenay-Lac St-Jean event this weekend; it is under Montréal en Lumière (but the JTM site links to that event). There are quite a few events today:

      1. Atkins was selling fresh catches of Snow Crab yesterday.

        1. Anybody aware if JTM is fully open? Looking to visit this weekend from Ottawa but not sure if its worth the detour since we will be downtown.


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          1. re: Ottfoodie

            It is fully open in the winter sense; the market hasn't come out of its winter quarters yet for springtime (It has been a MUCH colder spring than last year, as you know in Ottawa). Thre is plenty so see during weekends (I hosted visitors from Toronto this past Saturday), some vendors with stands outside, buskers, etc. Snow crab (yum).

            One thing to note is that there is restoration of the roofs of the concrete structures protecting farmers from the elements in summertime; I don't know if it will be fully ready for the first of May (it is usually all opened by that date).

            It is up to you whether you think it is worth your while to come up here. If you are going up to the Plateau, Mile-End or Outremont, it isn't much farther north.

            1. re: Ottfoodie

              Fully ? probably not, but there will more and more vendors outside, especially maple food-stuff and crabs and shrimps and other seafood.

              I know they are doing repair on the concrete structure, but I don't know how far it is done (I've not been there in 3 weeks).


              1. re: Maximilien

                Did anyone else notice that the signs posted outside of the construction area state that work will be completed Nov 2013. Does that mean no outdoor section on the north side this summer, I find that hard to believe.

                It was really busy last weekend, probably because of the long weekend (seemed to be a lot of out of towners) and of course the nice weather.

                Buckland cheese has boosed the price of their Tomme to $62/kg from $49, he told me they did so to control supply so they could have more stock in the winter months. Supply and demand at work. Time to raise more goats :)

                1. re: JerkPork

                  No, I didn't notice that sign. Perhaps they will arrange temporary stands where the laneways between the aisles usually are, but that would make it hard for the farmers to truck their goods in.

                  Yes, there seemed to be a lot of tourists - my friends weren't the only ones.

                  Too bad, that puts the lovely Buckland Tomme pretty much out of my range, except for a cheese plate for a special supper with friends. Yep, they need more goats!

            2. Great, thanks for the information...what about that Oyster place inside the JTM, forgot the name but I wonder if its open?

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              1. re: Ottfoodie

                Aqua Mare (sp)? Yes, they were selling individual oysters to eat on the spot.