Locally grown food is better for your health, better for the environment, and the right choice to support Quebec farmers.
1. Fruits and Vegetables in Season
The first step to eating local in Montreal is finding out what grows when in the area. Montreal — and most of the province of Quebec — is lucky to have access to fresh homegrown produce year round! Consult this list of Quebec grown fruits and vegetables categorized by seasonal availability as you shop for groceries. And remember, when produce is in season, not only does it taste better, it’s cheaper.
2. Montreal Public Markets
Public markets in Montreal have a wide selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables from Quebec, maple products, cheeses and much more.
The selection at Jean-Talon Market, as well as Atwater Market, is exceptional.
3. Organic Food Baskets: Join a CSA
One of the most affordable ways to eat top-grade, locally grown organic fruits, vegetables, free range meat, eggs and more fresh from the farm is to join community supported agriculture, better known as CSA. Currently, the Québec CSA network has just over 100 participating farms, with over 8,500 participating households. The aim is to support the development of Québec’s organic farms and make their produce more accessible.
You can become a partner with a farm by purchasing a share of the harvest in advance. Once a week farms deliver baskets of vegetables to drop-off points during the summer and fall seasons.
There are 3 farms that currently deliver in the area:
Ferme Mange Tout :
Drop off: Coop La Maison Verte 5785,Sherbrooke Street West
Drop off: Montreal West Town Hall Parking Lot 50 Westminster South Avenue
Coming to CSL – Sign up flyer
Drop off: English Montreal School Board, 6000 rue Fielding.
Contact them to find out how you can receive your basket of weekly vegetables. If you would be interested in having a drop off point in Côte Saint-Luc, please let us know.
To find out more about local foods:
The following is a great selection of books on the buying, cooking and eating local food.