The local farmers market, located between the train station (Gare du Palais) and the harbor area or old port, was an indoor yet airy place, popular among tourists and locals. Open year round, they feature not just fresh fruits and vegetables, but jams and jellies, breads and beverages, maple products and a variety of cheeses, nougats and nuts, seafood and a large selection of handmade gifts. Many specialty foods of Quebec are featured and much more than I had time to see in the hour we were there before our train departed.
On our way to the market a television crew from TVA, the national French station of Quebec, stopped us. During the interview they were interested in finding out our impressions of this French speaking provience and it’s effect on tourism, both positive and negative. Well, we all gave them rave reviews as everyone we encountered delighted us with their accents and helpfulness. Even at the farmers market the ones that spoke no English tried as hard to communicate with us as we with them.