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Neighbourhood markets much needed antidote to Montreal's "food deserts"

Interesting fact number one: Two-thirds of the food we consume here in Quebec comes from elsewhere. 

Interesting fact number two: most Montrealers don't eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Interesting fact number three: There is a term to describe urban neighbourhoods where residents can't buy fresh produce within walking distance. We call them "food deserts."

What can be done to counter food deserts?

As our Épluche ta ville team has been finding out, lots.

Épluche ta ville is a web documentary series that profiles Montreal initiatives that:

  • teach the public about the importance of healthy eating
  • make it easier for people to access fresh, locally grown produce

Two great examples are the Marché Solidaire Frontenac and the Marchés Ahuntsic-Cartierville (MAC).

The Marché Solidaire Frontenac in Centre-Sud consists of:

  • a market outside the Frontenac metro station
  • mini mobile markets on Fruixi bicycles 

The Marchés Ahuntsic-Cartierville (MAC) offers a selection of fruits and vegetables, including local products, to people as they get off the bus or metro. How convenient!

Intrigued? Watch the mini web docs (with English subtitles):