The St Lawrence Market

E.g. and I have made a budget. Eek and stuff, but it’s about time, really.

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.

12 Responses to The St Lawrence Market

  1. goodbear says:

    “ewenity”! i love it!

  2. jamesviscosi says:

    That looks familiar. I wonder if we went there on one of our trips to Toronto. It looks like the sort of place my parents would’ve wandered into with us!

  3. lavenderbay says:

    Me too, Goodbear. And there’s a pun or two in the cheese names: Ramembert instead of Camembert (which should be pronounced “cam-om-bear”, not “came-em-bert” ), Eweda instead of Gouda (although a Dutch person informed me that it’s pronounced “gow-da” not “goo-da” ) …

    You might have gone there, James. It’s on the lists of tourist destinations, and both the north and the south market have shops aimed at international tourists. I wonder if the lettering used in the Sausage King boards looked as retro to your parents as it does to me? Gives me a slight twilight-zone feeling.

  4. Gina says:

    Thanks for the lovely tour! I can smell the fresh bread. It is the vegetables that caught my eye though. They look so delicious and fresh!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    That is a beautiful display of food. We have a farmer’s market down the road from us and they buy the food from the grocery store and try to pass it off as their own. I think someone should tell them to take the stickers off the fruit before trying to fool us.

    I suspect you have some very tasty meals in your future.

  6. lavenderbay says:

    You’re welcome for the tour, Gina! I shelled the peas and we had them with a pork chop and some corn on the cob on Saturday evening. The garlic is the best I’ve seen in a while, and a zucchini and a tomato got respectively shredded and chopped and spread on bread and smothered with grated cheese and broiled, and that was today’s lunch. Yummy!

    Lol about the stickers, Elizabeth! There are tables outside the north market that sell veggies from anywhere, but I think all the stuff inside is Ontario produce.
    On Saturday I made a “boiled dinner” with the ham hock and some potatoes and carrots and garlic and various other bits, then separated the ingredients and refrigerated them. Yesterday I scraped off the fat from the jelled broth and discarded it, then warmed the jelly back to liquid state and pureed it with the veggies, and socked the puree and the ham hock meat in the freezer for another day. I hate the consistency of frozen potatoes, but grinding them to slush ought to disguise it. 🙂

  7. livingisdetail says:

    It was fun looking around your market. I think you have re-inspired me to start shopping at a very good market a few kilometres from where I live that also has great bargains and people watching opportunities. The veggies look absolutely delicious too.

  8. lavenderbay says:

    Glad I could be of help, Livingisdetail! Anything photogenic at your market?
    Speaking of people-watching, the fellow in the first photo isn’t checking his tourist map; he’s actually a marginally-homed man selling “homeless newspapers”, designed to give street people a chance to vend instead of just begging. I used to buy the things for the crosswords until one guy took my money and then apologized that the one he had was his last one. Instead of asking for a refund, I simply stopped buying the papers from anyone. (That’ll teach you, you shoeless tycoons! ) . In fact, I don’t know who’s supplying the papers or how much they’re ripping off the street people who sell them — maybe it’s like little kids who sell chocolate bars. ?

  9. You went there to save money?? I would have spent a bloody fortune at a market like that. 😛

  10. lavenderbay says:

    Don’t worry, The Right Blue, it does get its share of tourists! For us, I think, shopping at the Saint Lawrence Market saves money on restaurant bills. If the food at home is delicious enough, why go out?

  11. WE USED TO ENJOY GOING TO THE SAINT LAWRENCE MARKET SO MUCH. THE PEALMEAL BACON ON A KAISER ROLL ARE SO GOOD WE NOW LIVE IN FLORIDA SO IT ISN’T SO EASY TO GET THERE AS IT WAS FROM NEW YORK. THE VEGETABLES AND BAKE GOODS ARE SO FRESH .

  12. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks for dropping in, Lorraine!
    The back bacon on a roll is one of our favourite snacks too. I’m glad this blog entry has brought back good memories for you.

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