After getting up at dawn to watch the Royal Wedding online (Meghan looked absolutely beautiful!), I had a blast visiting the Marché de Mai taking place in Montréal over the weekend. A gathering of so many different artist and craftsman offering a display of jewelry, plants, beauty products, coffees and chocolates and jams, clothing, pottery, and so many more.
I was super excited to visit the stand of Habi Habi. A tiny company based in Montreal, they produce vegetal dye from plants they grow themselves. Their stand offered the "carré", a big square piece of linen dyed with some of their plants. They also offered some plants ready for use as a dying agent as well as a few tiny bottles of vegetal ink. I am so happy with my blue "carré", dyed with japanese indigo.
Another discovery for me was La Cuisine par Marie-Ève Langlois. I tasted a spread of salted caramel and fresh vanilla that was to die for! And I was pleasantly surprised by a spread of sunflower seeds and dark chocolate (new product exclusive for the Marché but you can find the milk chocolate version is just as good). Without being told, no one could guess that it's a butter made of sunflower seeds. It was delicious!
I always enjoy being able to buy from local artists. And it's always so much fun to be able to discover new artists, new products. Looking forward to many more markets and fairs throughout the summer!
What about you? Who is your favorite local shop or artist?