Readers of TravelGumbo know that we've great affection for Farmers' Markets, and we visit, shop at, and feature them often. One of the finest markets I've ever been to is the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. This market was recognized by National Geographic as the "world's best food market" in 2012. It's one of two main markets in Toronto, the other being the Kensington Market.
The quality of the food in the market is superb. Extremely fresh produce, meat, seafood and a wonderful assortment of cheeses and baked goods. Much of the food is locally grown, often in farms north of Toronto but also the Niagara peninsula, and it's supplemented with seafood from the maritime provinces and St. Lawrence seaway. There are food vendors preparing hot dishes, and tables for you to enjoy your mrket purchases.
The St. Lawrence Market has two main buildings. South Market is located in a brick building dating to 1844 (though very modernized and comfortable) and is open daily; it features over 120 specialty vendors. This is where the photos on this blog were taken. North Market is known for its Saturday Farmers' Market, whose history began in 1803. It's where a large number of local farmers show up to sell their food, and is the site of a popular antique market on Sunday.
Today's gallery features some of the wonderful produce from South Market that I discovered when I visited early one morning this past July. In a few days I'll feature "the rest" of the market -- meat, seafood and cheese primarily, as well as a look at the famous "Peameal bacon" sandwich the market is well known for. I hope these photos make you hungry!