The Société des Marchés publics de Montréal is launching its summer 2023 season with the large-scale return of horticulturists, farmers and restaurateurs. The new season will also bring enhanced new editions of several much-appreciated major events, as well as several new events. The summer of 2023 will be all about abundance.
“At Montreal’s public markets, each day is an event unto itself. While the markets are open year-round, there’s no doubt that our markets reach their peak and offer the best customer experience during the warm months. It is also the season when our network expands to serve every community, with 12 locations on the Island of Montreal. In addition to everything our markets have to offer, our discovery-focused programming will highlight the expertise of our vendors all summer. We can’t wait to see you!” – Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, executive director of the Société des Marchés publics de Montréal
Greenery and flowers
The return of warm weather is synonymous with the conversion of the markets to open-air mode and the much-anticipated arrival of horticulturists at the Atwater, Jean Talon and Maisonneuve markets. Once again this year, 17 producers will welcome customers who are looking to beautify their homes with flowers and plants. It’s also the time to choose seeds for the vegetable garden, to enjoy fresh homegrown produce all summer long. All kinds of flower and plant seedlings, pots, tools, soil, natural fertilizer: every gardening need can be met in a single visit.
Fresh local produce
Several farmers, including some beloved decades-long Montreal market vendors such as the Birri, Rémillard, Palardy, Bono, Desgroseilliers, L’Écuyer, Dauphinais, Pitre, Marois and Jodoin families, to name just a few, are proud representatives of our markets. They are returning to the Atwater, Jean-Talon and Maisonneuve markets to offer visitors the freshest possible produce, grown just a few kilometres outside the city. These fruits and vegetables are sold by experts who are always happy to give customers useful information, and they help everyone enjoy short-distance local produce. For the first time, Jean Talon Market will welcome Les Jardins de Stéphanie, offering a selection of greenhouse vegetables and greens. There’s also a major new development this year at Jean Talon Market, with turnkey stalls available to vendors wishing to sell at the market one or two days a week. This pilot project is aimed at supporting producers wishing to sell in Montreal’s public markets but who are unable to be there full-time. Fleurs et Feuilles Gourmandes will set up shop in the Atwater Market for the first time, offering several different edible flowers to delight everyone.
A vast palette of flavours courtesy of our restaurateurs
As prime spots for culinary discovery, Montreal’s public markets are also places where shoppers can enjoy dishes cooked on-site. The Atwater and Jean Talon markets offer food-service areas where visitors can discover excellent creations by local chefs and restaurateurs. At the Atwater Market, regular visitors to the outdoor food court will be happy to reconnect with Ave Greene, Aylwin Barbecue, BOBA BOBA, Ca Lem, Chez Layla, Falafel Yoni, Margot bar à jus, Léché Desserts, Le Petit Sao, Lucille’s, Satay Brothers and Sushi Shop. At Jean Talon Market, visitors will find Bouffe-moi!, La Boîte aux huîtres, Crêperie du Marché, La Croqueteria, Les Filles Fattoush, Mazorca MTL, Le Pain dans les voiles, Les Pops, Super Super and Panda Restaurant. They will also have the chance to discover new restaurants, including Le coin Santé, offering healthy salads and acai bowls; Haumana’s vegan and gluten-free energy bars; and Fromagerie l’Ancêtre, offering organic cheeses and butters. The markets’ food-service zones include picnic tables, making it easy to spend quality time with friends and family all summer.
Major events make their return
The summer of 2023 at Montreal’s public markets will include several large-scale events. On May 19 and 20, Jean Talon Market will welcome mead and honey-based alcoholic beverages producers from the Association des producteurs d’hydromels et d’alcools de miel du Québec, who will highlight several local producers by offering tastings. A number of popular events are returning, including the Maisonneuve Market’s summer markets on July 15, August 19 and September 16. The market will have a block-party atmosphere as it welcomes numerous local producers – a great opportunity to explore this market in the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Meanwhile, at Jean-Talon Market, the Foire des vins et cidres d’ici, featuring local wines and ciders, will be back on August 12 and 13 for a second year, and for the first time at Atwater Market on August 5. A second annual Oktoberfest will be held at Atwater Market, now lasting two days, September 30 and October 1; a first Oktoberfest will be held at Jean Talon Market on September 23. Several other events will be announced in the coming months. In addition to these major events, Montreal’s public markets will feature special programming during the Fête nationale and Canada Day long weekends.
An extensive network of markets
In addition to its three large markets, the Société des Marchés publics de Montréal also operates several Neighbourhood and Solidarity markets to meet Montrealers’ fresh produce needs, along with juice, coffee, smoothies, snacks and maple products. Several are already open:
Marché de Quartier Square Victoria
Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 7 to 10 a.m.
Marché de Quartier Place Jacques-Cartier
Daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Marché de Quartier Métro Papineau
Daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Marché de Quartier Plateau Mont-Royal
Marché de Quartier Jean-Brillant
Marché Solidaire Ahuntsic-Cartierville
>Opening May 29
Marché Solidaire Frontenac
Opening May 22
Marché de Quartier Carré Saint-Louis
Opening in May, date TBA
About the Société des Marchés publics de Montréal
The Société des Marchés publics de Montréal is a social economy enterprise responsible for the planning, development and operation of Montreal’s public markets. Its mission is to improve access to fresh food through a network of public markets that brings Montrealers closer to local farmers and agri-food businesses. Since 1993, it has been mandated by the Ville de Montréal to manage the Atwater, Jean-Talon and Maisonneuve markets, six Neighbourhood markets and three Solidarity markets. It is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors composed of five merchants and five residents of the Montreal urban agglomeration. Its membership includes nearly 200 merchants active at the public markets. The Société’s network of public markets is frequented by more than three quarters of Montrealers, with more than 3 million visits annually.