Saint-Jacques market is an historic building in Montreal. Shops are re-opening gradually. I should be pleased to document the progress, on this website. Currently in the process of doing so.
Marche Saint-Jacques is one of the oldest markets in Canada. Located in Montreal, the Art Deco public market was established in 1872. The market is famous for its fresh farm produce & fruits, traditional food and more importantly for its fresh vegetable stalls. Yet there are also shops and stores. The main purpose of the market is to provide healthy farm produce and foods to locals as well as visitors at affordable prices.
The market closed doors for several years due to internal management problems and other logistics not clearly known and was converted to a city office.
Some new shops have already been opened which include:
- Premiere Moisson which is a bakery shop.
- Fromagerie Atwater a cheese shop
- La Mer fish shop
- Marché Jean-Talon which sells almost everything from Gourmet retailing to farm produce.
- There is also a fresh pasta shop, a greengrocer, an olive product store, a coffee shop and a tea shop.
This site was initially established late 2012 and operated through to early 2014. It was established in French with the main purpose of guiding locals who wanted to shop at various Gourmet shops and other farm produce traders in Marche Saint-Jacques after the market was reopened.
The site now has much better content and great posts about visit the public market. The site will also have content about travelling to Montreal and its environs.
When I was about 6 years old, I was definitely a chubby fellow. Now, at that young age, I didn’t even know there was slim and chubby. I was just a child eating as much junk and sweet foods as I could and my mom didn’t want to deny me anything. So I shoved the sugary chocolate cream doughnuts down every time I had a chance and don’t get me started on the hot dogs.
By the time I was 15 my classmate didn’t pass up the chance of educating on the difference between the three groups of slim, healthy and down right fat, and unfortunately I fell in the last group. So I started becoming self-conscious and my head almost permanently stuck to the downward position because that’s how I mostly walked at school and boy, weren’t there many school trips and camping and all that. I didn’t even make it to be a football player and I really wanted to save lives back then.
The more my head faced down the more doughnuts I ate and somehow this really made me feel better. I simply refused to give up my doughnuts and ice creams. What can I say; they really tasted good.
I made the decision to eat healthy
We moved to Quebec when I was 21 and my heart almost flew out of my chest when I saw this very cute girl on my way to the market. My grandmother has cancer and she sends me to the market every Friday at 4.00 pm for groceries, she has a special diet and only buys groceries from Marche Saint Jacques market. The cute girl was selling in one of the shops in there. She had deep blue eyes, dark hair with a few blonde highlights, unfortunately she didn’t even look at me. Well I was normally noticed because of how big I was but he didn’t even see that.
Oh I was going to make her look at me for sure, in fact she was never going to take her eyes off me and so the pizza had to go. My grandmother had tried for years to get me on a diet with most of the food she sent me for at the Marche Saint Jacques market and now I was ready to try her organic food to become healthy.
She had breast cancer and so she knew well which types of food had what effect to the body and now I made it my business to know that too. I embarked on a weight loss journey eating only healthy organic food from the Marche saint Jacques market like cheese, fresh untreated dairy products, healthy olive product, pasta, green fresh vegetables, among others.
Getting started on the healthy organic diet
I started learning how to make tasty yet healthy simple meals from organic food products that I had bought at this market. I use all kinds of products but I made sure they are fresh. For breakfast I made sure I had a fresh fruit before anything then a protein but it all had to be fresh and not canned food. That made a huge difference. My grandmother opted for this produce because it was fresh and rich in all the enrichments she needed for strength and good health so I just followed suit.
For a snack I wasn’t eating ice cream anymore, I ate fruits and healthy tasty organic salads instead made out of the fresh traditional vegetables there. I missed my strict diet with a little exercise and stuck to it until I started seeing desirable results. There are more than one ways in which organic food is better for your body. It’s more nutritious and healthier than processed food which is packed with unhealthy supplements. It also tastes better.
There are gourmet shops at that market also that have fresh gourmet products that are good for your health. These became a key part of my new healthy diet as well.
Got the desired results
Well, after a while I was a healthy size and I fit into tights without reaping them at the edges. I stuck to this diet even after I had lost about 80 pounds and was confident in my skin now, fitting in the trendy clothes and that too in small sizes from XL, walking with my head high and visiting new places. I went to the market after I had lost it and she pretended to pick the same fruit I was picking, at end of the apologies she asked for my name and number. Check mate!