In France, I was in charge of grocery shopping. I didn’t mind. Exploring supermarkets, browsing market stalls, (re)discovering products and studying food trends is fun when you are abroad.

One thing I noticed was how expensive produce is in France compared to Canada. I saw green beans for €9.50/kilo, avocados were usually between €1 and €2 and even potatoes were pricey by my standards.

Last week, we took a walk at the Byward Market in Ottawa. The weather was beautiful, the few streets around the market were packed with tourists and all the vendors were there. I couldn’t help stopping in front of each stall—everything looked so fresh, so good! I bought broccoli, carrots and tomatoes and I could taste the difference. These hadn’t been picked long ago and kept frozen, unlike the supermarket kind.

Yay to fresh summer salads!

Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market
Local Produce at the Byward Market

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9 Comments

  1. Shannon August 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I so want to eat all of those berries! And corn on the cob! Oh how I miss it! It was always such a treat when I was younger, and I still love it to this day.

    Reply
    1. Zhu August 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Yes, corn is super good here. Not a common treat in France!

      Reply
  2. I Say Oui August 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Green beans are regularly 8.99 euros a kilo at my supermarket in Paris.

    Those blueberries look good.

    I don’t think I’ve seen purple peppers before!

    Reply
    1. Zhu August 15, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Ouch… I found green beans super expensive for such a common veggie in France.

      Reply
  3. Holly Nelson August 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    That’s awesome. I love our farmers market, it is strange how picturesque a pinned of plums can be – like a still life painting!

    Reply
    1. Zhu August 15, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      You’re right! I don’t usually take picture of food (okay, I do a little bit I guess) but these stalls were so cool!

      Reply
  4. Christine August 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Check out the Westboro Market too if you didn’t already…it gets better every week as we get closer to harvest season.

    Reply
    1. Zhu August 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Taking note, I haven’t been there in ages! Thank you 🙂

      Reply

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