In true Montreal fashion, we've sprung right over spring and directly into summer weather. Almost suddenly, flowers are in bloom and leaves are on the trees, offering welcome pools of shade in the humid heat. Nowhere is the new summer spirit more evident than the Atwater Market, where flower and plant stalls have returned.
Beneath the white tents that line the market parking lot, visitors will now find hundreds of plants bursting with colour.
They'll need to follow the sweet smells to find the herb vendors, who supply everything from rosemary, to mint and cilantro.
The dense stalls and aisles create a miniature lush jungle in this little corner on the north side of the Lachine Canal.
The plant stands first opened up on May 7, according to a post to the Atwater Market Facebook page.
It also shared that, this summer, the Sud-Ouest borough has pedestrianized the surrounding Place du Marché to make movement around the market easier.
The closure of the streets is just one of the many steps officials and market organizers have taken to enable social distancing and protect the health of vendors and customers.
A fence now encircles the market, including the horticulturalists, so its staff can better control the number of people who enter.
Inside, teams are working to keep people two metres away from each other.
Visitors are also required to wash their hands at new hand-washing stations both when they enter and exit "the secured area."
Shoppers are further "asked to take the following precautions:"
· "make a grocery list and have a clear idea of your needs before entering the market;
· "shop alone or with one essential helper;
· "leave children at home, if possible;" and
· "if possible, visit during normal quiet times: Monday to Wednesday at the beginning and end of the day."
But the market is now open every day, including Sunday, after reducing its hours earlier in the season.
Despite changes to the shopping experience, the Atwater Market is still the place to get that first sweet taste of summer.
Get all the details below.
Where: 138, avenue Atwater
When: Every day, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: To explore the plant vendors' stalls and get all your herb and flower garden essentials.
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