Shopping locally, especially for food and beverage does wonders to the local economy. Discover the great food and beverages, the unique flavours, and the beautiful people behind the food of Eastern Ontario with The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network.
Buying local food builds the local economy for mutual prosperity. It supports small scale family farms and food artisans. It grounds you in local identity and flavours. It creates bonds and relationships between producers and consumers.
Find your local farmer and food artisan on the food asset map for eastern Ontario below. They are all open for direct sales to consumers. Some vendors sell at other retail locations and/or local farmers markets. Some vendors will deliver to your home. Some farms offer venues for special events.
Meet the farmers and food artisans at central location such as farmers’ markets. Some farmers markets are only open seasonally, so come back later to find more markets to visit from May through October.
- The Vankleek Hill Farmers Market is open year round, Saturdays from 10am to 1pm, on Derby Ave in VankLeek Hill.
- The Ottawa Farmers Market at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa is open year round on Sundays from 10am to 3pm.
- The Ottawa Organic Farmers Market at the Riverside United Church in Ottawa is open year round, on Saturdays from 10 am to noon.
- The Cornwall Waterfront Farmers’ Market at the Cornwall Square on Thursdays from 2pm to 5pm, from March 3rd to May 26th.
STORIES FROM THE REGION
Sample the East Itineraries
The "Sample the East - Discovering Seasonal Routes" program offers unique fun-filled day trips and weekend trips to discover the beauty, the flavours, and the hidden treasures of Eastern Ontario.
Eastern Ontario has the reputation of surprising folks that dare visit to come and say hi. Filled with welcoming locals and growers, bountiful flavours, history, green spaces and innovative businesses, it promises to impress you. Grab the kids, pack the bags and come along our rural destinations to taste and explore the flavours and treasures of the East.
Exploring Eastern Ontario means taking in a lot of rural charm and plenty of detours! In the summer months, we recommend visiting the ‘Popsilo‘ art installations across the Prescott-Russell region. These enormous works of art stand tall on nine farms across the region.
The Ottawa Farmers Market at Lansdowne Park on Sundays is one of our favorite farmers’ markets in the province. It features 50+ artisans and farmers, who produce their edible goods and intricate crafts within a 100-km distance from the City of Ottawa.
The best poutine in Ontario is made with the best cheese curds – so why not try it at the source? Fromagerie St. Albert has a lovely farm shop and museum onsite at the dairy but it’s the restaurant with it’s mile-long poutine menu that has us coming back over and over (and over!).
Eastern Ontario boasts some of Ontario most innovative breweries. Hop heads should definitely add Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co, their sister brewery Halcyon Barrel House, Rurban Brewery, Cassel Brewery and Tuque de Broue Brewery to their itineraries.
Exploring the Region?
Here are a few great places to start.