In addition to the fresh produce which is sold in the market stalls, the surrounding shops trade is fresh meat, fish and cheese, European delicatessens, locally owned cafes and bakeries and shops that sell all sorts of Canadiana paraphernalia - Caribou droppings anyone? It should be noted (and to clarify some of the pictures below) that in February, the second-coming of Christ aka Barack H. Obama - came to Ottawa on his first official foreign visit. He went rogue after his meeting with our Prime Minister and made a stop at the market. You'll see from the photos below that effect it had on the local merchants...nerds...
Anyways, without further adieu, the Byward Market!
My Mom and one of the local farmers
Blueberry pie anyone?
My Mom & Dad check out a basket of garlic - I guess they're not vampires after all...
One of the market's bakeries was visited by President Obama on his trip to Ottawa and from this bakery he bought 2 of their maple leaf shaped cookies for his daughters...
Bakery: "OMG, President Obama is going to buy some cookies for us!
Bakery: "I know, let's blow up the picture we took of him with the cookies to largest frame size that Ikea sells and then let's rename the red and white iced maple leaf shaped cookies that have CANADA written on them to...wait for it...Obama Cookies!!!!" "Brilliant - soon we'll be headed for cookie world domination!!!"
(ok, ok, in all likelihood, that's not at all how it went down and no doubt meeting this president is a geniune highlight of one's year/life but Obama cookies...puh-lease!)
La Botegga Nicastro - delicious pizzas made for you by real Italians and a shop that is both a feast for the eyes and the palate!
My parents checking out the wall of oil
12 year old balsamic vinegar $99.99, 15 year old balsamic vinegar $150.00, 25 year old balsamic vinegar $199.99....
We'll be back in Ottawa for Christmas and hopefully it'll be a white one so I can show-off how pretty the city looks under snow!