In Search Of Great Markets: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick, is a Canadian Maritime province, and not the kind of place where you'd expect a savory, colorful , high-energy outdoor farmers’ market.
It’s not Marrakesh or Istanbul, but it is a very cool, complete market with lots of exciting colors and smells.
You can watch the 1-minute Fredericton Travel Video PostCard here.
Outside the air is redolent with smoky barbeque mostly from Elke’s Truck ( Huge Sausages, “Bratwurst With Lots of Garlic $3.50”), mixing with Kangs Chinese stall ( “Spring Rolls and Wanton Specialties”) and the nearby Thai Food Stand ( “Delicious Pad Thai $5.50; Chicken Curry Rice $5.00” ).
Then of course the add the tangy smell of Souvlaki ( $7.00) at The Taste of Greek and the “taste off” at Chickadee Larder to determine the best whole grain mustard, and you’re already smiling and only just a few feet into the Fredericton Farmers’ Market, considered one of Canada’s top 10.
New Brunswick has lots of surprises for curious visitors. It’s the only province in the confederation that is constitutionally bilingual, and has a wonderful mix of unspoiled nature and active cities, like Fredericton.
Inside, the cavernous market is jammed with all kinds of fresh produce and the sweetness of fresh- baked goods like the breads at Ezekiel’s. Using wheat barley, beans and lentils (check out Ezekiel 4:9 in the Bible), the bakery’s goods are made of ancient grains and the breads snuggle against rows and rows of oranges, deep green avocados, scented pineapples and mounds of bright red plump strawberries.
My favorite, and everyone else’s too, it seems, is the cheese market, not far from Stone Works where for 6 bucks you can get the first blade of your pocket knife sharpened, and a buck fifty for each blade thereafter.
Looking for French cheeses or Scandinavian ( Havarti, Lappi or Danish Blue), this is the place. How about Goat Milk Cheese (Tomme De Chevre, Feta)? It’s next to the Holland cheeses, next to the black olives and the rich selection of Swiss and Farm House cheeses.