Ever since the farmers left Jean Talon at the end of October I've been completely uninspired when I go grocery shopping. I go to my local grocery store or fruiterie and more often than not I leave empty-handed, or nearly so, as most of the produce looks so sad. I know there's no Whole Foods in Montreal, but where do you shop in the winter? Is there anywhere to go, grocery store, fruiterie, or ethnic store, that's inspiring rather than depressing? Where can I go to find a whole array of winter squashes, rather than a few lonely butternuts and acorns? Where can I find fast turnover of winter greens like kale and collards? How about golden or chiogga beets, or any beets not soft and wrapped in cellophane?
I'm a cook that hasn't cooked in a month, in dire need of some inspiration, shopping-wise. Any suggestion would be very welcome. I'm in the lower Plateau, but willing to head further out for a better shopping experience. Locations near a metro station are a plus though.