Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Parkdale Market in Ottawa
As we were zipping around Ottawa last Thursday, we also stopped by the Parkdale Market. This is a little market of about 20 vendors. Apparently it's been there for 75 years and is Ottawa's second-largest open market.
My cousin shops here regularly, as it's convenient for her. I have to say though, that it is very heavily weighted towards ornamental plants. Locally grown, yes. There are also some booths with fruits and vegetables which appear to be a mixture of locally grown and imported items.
It certainly was very colourful!
A lot of produce appears to come from Quebec, which is after all very local to Ottawa. However, a lot was also plainly imported from farther away... much farther away. I suspect - or at least I hope - that once more is available locally, more of it will be local.
There is parking on the street, both beside and behind the market. Apparently it is open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 7 days a week, from April to Christmas. Holy cow! That's pretty amazing.
Last year at this time I made Asparagus & Mushroom Kugel. Hmm, things were a lot later last year, weren't they?