A COUPLE WEEKENDS ago we made the most of our early Saturday mornings with a one year old by walking over to the St. Lawrence Market. At 208 years old, this market, having the history to back up its credentials, is considered to be one of the world's greatest and is the culinary focal point of the city of Toronto. There are 120 specialty vendors to suit almost every culinary need you may have. Saturday mornings at the North Market are my personal favourite, where tons of farmers from southern Ontario bring their seasonal produce for purchase. It is some of the best you will have, Phineas and I shared the best honey crisp apple I have ever had at the market that day!
Sam has always raved about the Carousel Bakery's classic "Hogtown Sandwich" aka peameal bacon on a bun. It was amazing. This bakery also sells fantastic treats and beautiful homemade and organic sourdough bread. We then popped by Olympic Cheese cheese shop, the market's first specialty cheese shop which has the largest selection in the city, to pick up some comté and roquefort bleu cheese. We fell in love with comté while in Paris this summer and would eat it every day for lunch on baguette with prosciutto. Finally we stopped in at St. Urbain Bagels for some Montreal-style bagels. Considering we would go through at least a half dozen bagels, if not a full dozen, when we lived in Montreal, we were thrilled to find Montreal-style bagels so close to us in the city. They were so far the closest thing to our beloved bagels that we have found here!
Phineas had a blast at the market. As I mentioned in this post, he has always loved to eat food but now he has really taken in interest in learning about food and in food preparation. I love being able to give him tastes of fresh ingredients and letting him explore food. He loved seeing all the bright, autumnal colours of the different produce in the seasonal farmers market. Between the honey crisp apples, beets, carrots and hot apple cider he was thrilled with our loot to head home with!