I love living in the city, but it feels good to be able to leave sometimes and enjoy fresh air. When I visit my parents, it’s really nice to be able to leave the hustle and bustle for a peaceful and serene environment. Life in the suburbs is quite different from the city.
One of my favorite things to do when I visit my parents (other than enjoying quality family-time) is to visit the Saint-Anne’s farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. Local farmers come and sell their produce and products, and you can even have a nice simple breakfast; some fresh cheese from one stand, fresh baguette and croissants from another, and a nice hot chocolate or coffee to go with that and you have yourself a nice little feast. You can find products from homemade soaps, apple or maple products, fresh fruits/vegetables/herbs, and artisanal pastries.
The market is held every Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the waterfront in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Although this might be a bit of a trek for non-West-Islanders, you can definitely make a half-day activity of it because the village has a few little boutiques and you can walk along the water on the boardwalk. Visiting this part of the island of Montreal is definitely worthwhile because you are surrounded by greenery and there are loads of activities to do for all ages (more posts to come!).
I love the fact that you can go get your fresh fruits and vegetables that are organically grown, while supporting local businesses in the process. Going to the market is so pleasant because you can feel the sense of community, another benefit of living in the suburbs – people talking to each other, catching up, sharing cooking ideas. It is really lovely and reminds me of what we are missing out living in the city, so I take in those precious moments spent with family in a relaxing environment and enjoy the moment.