Come by car or on foot and meet across the road from Home Hardware from 9 a.m. to buy food for the weekend or the week. Considered one of the finer farmer’s markets in Brome-Missisquoi, this one will charm you with its welcoming atmosphere and the quality of its products. Here, we follow the seasons. You will be tempted by fresh or frozen products which will be the starting point of memorable meals; we are sure about this.
But first start your day with a ‘Beurasse’ on a slice of alpine bread, or a baguette from the Owl’s Bread Bakery. It tastes heavenly! Then, buy some cheese from Ruban Bleu; their reputation is well established. In addition to goat cheese, you’ll find cheese from sheep and cow’s milk. Then you will want to get some fresh organic vegetables from les Jardins de la Grelinette and les Potagers des nues mains. Maude-Hélène, Yan and their crew sell vegetables, greens, and fresh herbs, harvested from their garden the previous evening or that very morning. Hard to find fresher than that! To complete your selections, les Potagers du Roy offer berries, corn in season and a lot of other fruits and vegetables.
Are you a mushroom afficionado? You must stop at Patricia’s kiosque. Customers line up each week to satisfy their need for a pan of oyster mushrooms or other wild mushroom recipes. Come early to get the first choice of the finest mushrooms to be found in the region.
● Add some hot or cold smoked fish from Keet-Baird, such as the smoked trout or the very popular smoked scallops.
To accompany these exceptional vegetables, cheeses, and breads:
● Prepare a feast on the barbecue with a rack of lamb — maple syrup marinated from the Hallacres Farm or honey marinated from the API farm, or sausages, chicken breasts, or pork filets from Tendres Bouchées who also makes the best bacon in the area.
● Dare to cook rabbit from chez Jorick, offered either marinated
● To decorate your table or your home, buy one of the beautiful coloured bouquets from Fleurissima!
And more producers come aboard as the growing season progresses.
Ferme Iron-Hill (maple products). La Fée des pousses (plants), Jardins de la Colline du Chêne (jams and marinades), O’Kelly (spices, tisanes and wild mushrooms), Pépinière S.P. d’Abbotsford (shrubs and perennials), and be ready for new surprises yet to be discovered.
And once you get home, prepare a meal worthy of a chef with vegetables drizzled with olive oil from DivineOlive that you can then grill on the barbecue with the meat of your choice. Complement the meal with a few bottles of Ô de Sève, a naturally effervescent maple-based ginger drink produced locally that can be served as a cocktail.
Visit the market regularly all summer to put freshness on your plate. Follow the Facebook page Marchés d’ici — Lac-Brome to find out about the new arrivals, the ‘not to be missed’, and other events throughout the season, and to discover new recipes for preparing market products.
P.S. The Brome Lake Public Market has a large free parking area. Don’t forget your recyclable bags or your basket to bring home the treasures you find.
Translation: Rémi Lafrenière