Combating food waste has always been at the heart of the mission of the Montreal Public Markets. Our merchants produce exceptional foodstuffs, and it goes...
Combating food waste has always been at the heart of the mission of the Montreal Public Markets. Our merchants produce exceptional foodstuffs, and it goes without saying that they should be promoted from the moment they are harvested in the field right through to their final stage of life.
In 2016, this desire gave rise to the Récolte engagée programme, the aim of which is to give unsold produce from our markets, that is still fit for consumption to households in need in the neighbourhoods around our markets. Every week, producers put their unsold produce in a specially identified fridge and the food is collected by dedicated organisations one to three times a week. The food is then distributed in the form of food hampers or transformed into delicious recipes.
« Montreal public Markets are part of sustainable development on a daily basis because of their local nature. They offer consumers a short circuit with direct contact to producers. It was only natural that we should continue in this vein and bring fresh market produce to as many households in the district as possible, whatever the size of their wallet.»
Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, Managing Director of Montreal public Markets
We are working with the Centre de ressources et d'action communautaire de La Petite-Patrie (CRACPP), a well-established organisation in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough, to recycle unsold produce from the Jean-Talon Market.
CRACPP is an organisation that fights poverty. Through its food security activities and its fight against waste, it contributes to improving the living conditions of the members of its community and defending fundamental human rights.
In the 2023 season itself, the Récolte engagée at Jean-Talon Market managed to recover 16 356 kg of fruit and vegetables, from more than sixty-five varieties. Of these, 61% (9 958 kg) were redistributed to low-income households in 2 458 baskets, while 16% (2 541 kg) were prepared as ready-to-eat meals.This initiative benefited 847 households in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, thanks to the collaboration of the merchants at Jean-Talon Market.
Discover the monthly results of the Récolte engagée at the Jean-Talon Market.
Following the success of the programme at the Jean-Talon Market, la Récolte engagée has been present at the Atwater Market since November 2022. We're working with the organization Partageons l'espoir to make the most of the market's unsold goods.
Operating in the Sud-Ouest and Verdun, Partageons l'espoir helps households in these neighbourhoods through a range of programmes, including a food bank, market and community dinners.
Discover the monthly reports of Partageons l'Espoir at the Atwater Market. Reports to come.
The Récolte engagée would not be possible without the significant support of the producers at the Montreal Public Markets. Every day, they help us feed Montreal families, and their involvement in their neighbourhoods is essential. We'd like to thank all the merchants who take part in this project and make it a success!
From Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 8 , between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Jean-Talon Market invites families to enjoy a week of free activities as part of an...
From Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 8 , between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Jean-Talon Market invites families to enjoy a week of free activities as part of an event called Vive la relâche scolaire ! Children accompanied by their parents can enjoy a wide range of fun and educational activities. To the great delight of families, cooking and gardening workshops are returning for a second year, along with crafting, short films and board games. Children of all ages will be welcome all week on the Jean-Talon Market mezzanine. Vive la relâche scolaire ! at Jean-Talon Market is a perfect opportunity to spend time together as a family and have fun while learning more about our local food and agriculture.
A free program for the whole family !
All activities are free, but some have limited space. We encourage all parents to register their children in order to guarantee their spot. Children must be accompanied by parents at all times.
🎨 Legume mosaic craftingMonday, March 4Five 30 minutes workshops de at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m
Come create a legume mosaic inspired by the fruits and vegetables from our merchants. With attentive guidance from an activity leader, budding artists ages 2 and up will create their own mosaics using legumes and other materials. During this fun activity, lasting around 30 minutes, children will learn about different kinds of legumes while making colourful original creations that they can take home and treasure.
🎲 Board games with RandolphTuesday, March 53-hour session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m
hildren ages 5 to 12 are invited to a board games session led by the specialists from Randolph. It’s a perfect opportunity to try out some new games, each one more fun than the last. A selection of games suitable for all ages and tastes will also be available for families to play. Expect to make plenty of discoveries during this 3-hour session! No reservations.
🎬 Short films with Le petit cinéma du Marché Tuesday, March 5From 2 to 4 p.m.
The Jean-Talon Market mezzanine will become a mini movie theatre for an afternoon. Presented by Festival REGARD, these carefully selected short films were among the favourites of the festival’s 27th edition, and they’re perfect for viewers of all ages. This screening is a great way for the whole family to get away and see captivating stories while munching popcorn and sipping hot chocolate, both provided for free. No reservations.
Katze - Julie Ocker Animation - Without dialogue (3 minutes 30)The cat has a particularly delicious recipe: mouse soup! But sometimes, friendships are formed where you least expect them...
Naissance des oasis - Marion JamaultAnimation - in french (9 minutes)A snake with cold blood and a camel with hot blood become friends.
Luce et le rocher - Britt RaesAnimation - in French (13 minutes)One day, out of nowhere, an enormous Rock appears in the middle of the small, quiet village where Luce lives. The villagers can't even open the door to their house anymore... Luce is angry: go away Rock, you have nothing to do here! And anyway, what are you doing here?
Boom - Élèves de l’École des Nouvelles ImagesAnimation - Without dialogue (5 minutes 30)A pair of clumsy birds try as best they can to protect their eggs from a volcanic eruption.
Canary - Pierre- Hugues Dallaire et Benoit Therriault Animation - in english with french subtitle (12 minutes)A young boy works in an underground coal mine with adults, caring for the canary that detects deadly methane.
If - Didier CharetteAnimation - in english with french subtitle (12 minutes 30)When Ryan and his imaginary friend Jo begin their ultimate mission together, Ryan will have to confront his greatest fear.
Cat and Moth - India BarnadoAnimation - Langue française (7 minutes 30)An adorable white cat wants nothing more than to find the coziest place in the universe, but little does she know that someone else also covets the place.
🪴 Introduction to flower gardeningWednesday, March 6For 30 minutes workshops at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m
With spring coming, what could be better than learning how to plant flowers! Led by the popular Jean-Talon Market florist Binette & Filles, these gardening workshops for beginners last around 30 minutes and will allow young gardeners to discover how grow flowers from seeds. All participating children will be given a small pot to take home so they can nurture the seeds they planted all the way to flowering.
🧑🍳 Cooking workshops for little chefs Thursday, March 7Three 30 minutes workshops at 1, 2 and 3 p.m
Under the supervision of C’est moi le chef!, children ages 2 to 12 will learn the basics of cooking in a fun setting where they will prepare a delicious age-appropriate recipe. With so many fresh and colourful products available in the market, the budding chefs will be able to use high-quality ingredients in their delicious spring rolls.
🌱 Gardening workshops - My first micro-greens Friday, March 8 For 30 minutes workshops at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m
These workshops for kids ages 5 and up are led by Au Septième Micro-Pousse, which regular Jean-Talon Market shoppers will already know. The workshops will provide a thorough introduction to the fascinating world of micro-greens. It’s a practical experience that will give participants the chance to learn how to grow them and learn all about them. Children will go home with a small pot containing seeds that they planted during the workshop, so that they can proudly sample some micro-greens that they grew themselves. Make sure you register in time, places are in high demand!