The outdoor market in Ottawa’s ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest markets. Open 363 days a year, the market is only closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Vendors arrive early to set up, as seen in the photo essay below.
Vendors arrive at the ByWard Market before dawn to begin unloading their produce.
Huguette Lacroix, setting up in the back, has kept a stall in the Byward Market for 42 years.
Huguette unloads leeks from her crate as the sun slowly begins to rise.
“It’s a rule, he has to give me a kiss every morning,” Huguette laughs with her husband, Hervé.
Radishes, straight from Huguette and Hervé’s garden. Their farm is east of Ottawa, just beyond the Greenbelt.
“Usually it starts raining when we’re closing. Today it’s raining while we set up,” Gilles Dupuis, who works for Huguette and Hervé, remarks.
Matt Deslauriers helps farmer Chantel Drouin with piles of broccoli and freshly picked corn. “She’s the queen of broccoli,” he jokes.
Deslauriers’ masterpiece is complete. Fresh corn is ready for customers, and it’s not even 8 a.m.
Even on a grey day, the market is in full swing by 9 a.m.