Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Marche Atwater

Atwater Market (French: marché Atwater)
is a farmers' market located in the Saint-Henri area of the borough Le Sud-Ouest in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
It opened in 1933.
The interior market is home to many butchers and the Première Moisson Bakery and restaurant.
The outside market has many farmers stalls which sell both local and imported produce, as well as two cheese stores, a wine store specialising in locally produced spirits and a fish store.
Quality is usually very good, although bargains are quite rare.
Located in a notable
Art Déco building, it is located on Atwater Avenue, near the Lachine Canal and the Lionel-Groulx Metro station, as well as Greene Avenue.
A pedestrian bridge, which can also be used by bicycles, connects the market to Saint-Patrick Street and to a bicycle path in Pointe-Saint-Charles on the other side of the Lachine Canal.
The presence of this bridge explains the popularity of this market with bike riders, who often stop there, and greatly contributes to the great summer ambiance of the area. The bike path travels from the Old Port of Montreal to the Lachine Marina and is owned and maintained by Parks Canada.
The area immediately east and west of the market has enjoyed a rebirth and gentrification, with a great deal of upscale condominiums being built right on the
Lachine Canal and replacing low and modest cost housing. Since the Lachine Canal reopened in 2002, residential property values in the Southwest borough have shot up by 61 per cent, according to Montreal’s 2006 property valuation roll, with the highest growth happening around the Atwater Market.
Atwater Market
The fruits here were so perfect and ripe.
Blueberries were plentiful and sugar sweet.

The pastiserie is an art form here. Delectable!

A beautiful array of fruit tarts and pies

The Artisan Breads were a sight to behold.
It was my romantic fantasy to have a picnic in Montreal so my husband and I bought some genoa salami, Pate de fois grois with truffle, marinated olives, artisan cheeses and cornishons and croissants. We also picked up lots of Maple Syrup.
The meats were presented like works of art as well. The variey of meats, cuts and marinades, the likes I have never seen. I would have loved to have been able to try them all.
The color and ripeness of the fruits and vegetables.
It was a Gourmets Dream!

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