The market of St John New Brunswick

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Lively buzz in the City Market in St. John
The market of St John New Brunswick: Lively bustle

Worth seeing is the market of St John New Brunswick

St. John's City Market is lively, with vendors hailing their wares, ranging from seafood of all kinds, including the delicious Bay of Fundy lobster, to local produce, meats and cheeses from around the world world to local specialties such as maple syrup or dulse from the Bay of Fundy.


Dulse (dried seaweed)
The market of St John New Brunswick: Dulse (dried seaweed)


Dulse is dried seaweed that is said to be very healthy. Whether it tastes good for everyone is an open question, because at first bite it is more reminiscent of the smell of a fishing port with all its intense fish smells. Dulse can be bought in bags or by weight. And the specialty is even roasted or on a sandwich instead of the usual lettuce leaf. The traditional house Slocum & Ferris prides itself on having invented the DLT - the "Dulse, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich" - and advertises this in large letters above its sales counter.




Traditional retailer Slocum & Ferris
St John New Brunswick Market: Traditional Traders Slocum & Ferris


Slocum & Ferris is one of the oldest traders at the City Market and has been selling its delicacies since 1895. As David Forestell, the managing director of Slocum & Ferris, tells me, the founder of the shop worked with the farmers from the area of ​​Saint from the beginning John and sold their products on commission at the Old City Market in St. John. As proof, he proudly shows me one of the old business books that he keeps like the apple of his eye. There are neatly listed goods, quantities and prices that were sold over the counter by Slocum & Ferris more than a hundred years ago.


Slocum & Ferris business book from 1915
Slocum & Ferris business book from 1915


St. John's Old City Market is Canada's oldest market. It was built on 1876 and since then attracts connoisseurs from New Brunswick and around the world. At that time, the city commissioned the only carpenters available: shipbuilders. To this day, it is said that the market therefore received its special appearance, because allegedly they could not build anything but ships. And so the market got its characteristic roof, reminiscent of an inverted hull.

The beautiful wrought iron gates that close the market at both ends are worth seeing. According to a long tradition, the market is opened and closed every day to the loud sound of a bell, which - to the amazement of the market visitors - I was allowed to ring once during our stay. You can see proof of this in our video on the Old City Market in Saint John. Usually this is the job of the Deputy Market Manager.



The City Market is located in the city center of St. John right on King Square and is open Monday through Friday from 7.30 to 18.00 pm and on Saturday from 7.30 to 17.00 pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays. Tel. 506 / 658-2820

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Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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