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Fruit and vegetable growers first started to flock to the Bonsecours Market at Montreal’s Place Jacques-Cartier around 1925. By the 1940s, Bonsecours had become a key location for farmers looking to sell their fresh local fare. In 1945, the newly created Association des jardiniers maraîchers du Québec (the precursor to the QPGA) took it upon itself to look for another site better suited to members’ needs.
The new showcase for locally grown produce that would come to be known as the Marché central eventually opened in 1960.
As one of the main shareholders in the Marché central, the association took the lead on a three-phase revitalization and development project in 1987–1988, which included the construction of the Place des producteurs (PDP). The project was taken to the next level in 2017 with a new space that was both modern and functional, along with a new set of support services to help growers sell their products 365 days a year.
A HISTORICAL MOMENT
The relocation of the Place des producteurs in 2020 marked a proud new chapter in the QPGA’s history.
Now based at 9244 Pie-IX Boulevard between Grandes-Prairies Boulevard and 47e Rue, PDP remains the largest wholesale and semi-wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Eastern Canada. The strategically located site is open year-round as a base for its wholesalers, but it really comes alive when the growing season is in full swing.
The Place des producteurs caters to the needs of retailers, wholesaler-distributors, public markets, restaurants and public-sector institutions from across Quebec, eastern Ontario and the Maritimes.
New PDP services:
- Cold storage
- Loading and unloading (forklift access)**
- Online sales for farmers*
- Shipment consolidation*
**Valid licence required. Shared by all.
- Indoor seating area and outdoor terrace
- Charging stations for electric vehicles
The move to the new Pie-IX location is intended as an innovative solution to help Quebec’s produce growers future-proof their business. It was born out of a shared desire to foster diversity and support local family-run companies. The current PDP site accommodates 150 Quebec fruit and vegetable growers, four wholesalers (Fruits et légumes Gaétan Bono Inc., Essex Continental Distributors Inc., Pierre Dagenais & Fils Inc. and Bercy Foods), Cascades and two associations (the QPGA and the Quebec Produce Marketing Association —QPMA).
The Pie-IX market in numbers:
- Total floor space: 277,000 square feet
- 2 floors of cold storage space + 1 floor of office space
- 234,000 square feet of cold storage facilities, including 35,000 square feet of vendor space
- 30,000 square feet of office space
The building meets the following health and food safety standards:
Seasons for Quebec vegetables:
Below is an at-a-glance guide to the times of year Quebec-grown fruit and vegetables are available.
9244 boulevard Pie-IX
Montréal (Qc) H1Z 4H7
Located on the South Shore of Montreal, the Marché des jardiniers La Prairie is bound to win you over with its unique charm, its attractive selection of products and its friendly, knowledgeable vendors. Looking for variety, freshness and quality? Look no further! In addition to a wide range of annual and perennial flowers, you’ll find fruits, vegetables, nuts, butcher and deli meats, sausages, fish, baked goods, cheese, ice cream, crepes and artisanal products for every taste. Come be a part of the Marché des jardiniers experience. Your first trip won’t be your last!
1200 chemin de Saint-Jean
La Prairie (Qc) J5R 2L7