Part of our budget is allocating $100 a week to groceries. Yesterday we went to the St Lawrence Market on Front Street for lots of nice things. Here’s a tour.
Southwest corner of the main market. No need for all those stairs. The street slopes up, so you can enter either of the two storeys at street level. To the man’s right is an entrance into the lower level. This building dates from about 1900.
Just to confuse things, though, we’ll first bypass the main market — open Monday to Saturday — and get our veggies from the local farmers selling them in the weekly north market across the street.
The Saturday farmers’ market also has things like cheese and organic venison.
On your way back across Front Street, you’ll see tables outside, selling various things.
Now you’ll enter the market on the upper level. Here are the butcher counters, deli, fish and seafood, olives, international cheeses, bagels, and Toronto-based Kozlik’s mustard — 35 varieties of yummy yellow goodness.
The upper level also holds a fabulous, claustrophobia-inducing kitchenware store. Here is one small sampling of their cookie cutters, “dog” through “dove”.
Another nifty sign.
Now head down to the lower level. At the foot of the stairs is one of the exotica and trinket sellers.
The lower-level shops tend to be ones you can enter, as opposed to the upper level where mostly you walk up to a counter. Here’s some frozen entrees.
There’s a great bakeshop on the lower level, which sells breads…
…and yeast-dough goodies…
…but don’t sleep in. By 1 pm, most of it is sold.
After the St Lawrence Market, E.g. and I stopped at a supermarket for a few other things. Here’s the whole cornucopia:
Yellow beans, green beans, field tomatoes, olives, peas, broccoli, bread, locally made apple butter, limes, corn on the cob (in two bags), garlic, bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, lettuce, peaches, cheese, six large pork chops, spinach, organic raisins, potatoes, pork hocks, and a quart of milk. $97. 75 in total. Nobody buy a latté this week.