Find Local Food, No Matter The Season

While you keep yourself warm and cozy at home this winter, Ontario farmers wake up at dawn to pick mushrooms, snip greenhouse greens, milk their cows, make cheese, butter, and other goodies to sell at your local Farmers Market.

Even in the dead of winter, there’s plenty of local food to be had. There’s no rest for the wicked it seems!

Red fife pasta, available all year long at the Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Market.

Red fife pasta, available all year long at the Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Market.

1 – Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market 
Toronto

What to buy:  My favourite products here are the wild and foraged mushrooms — but I also look forward to chorizo in a blanket from Pimenton in the food court!
Hours: Saturdays 8am to 1pm

2- Terra at Home Winter Market
Milton

What to buy:  In this market you can find great quality of meat and fish, as well as hand-crafted items produced by members of the community. You can also buy flowers! Carson Arthur has a great variety of flowers and plants, including many citruses.

Hours: Saturdays 10am to 3pm

3 – St. Lawrence Market, North Market  
Toronto

What to buy:  A tradition begun on this site in 1803 and continuing today, as the producers of Southern Ontario bring their seasonal produce to market in the city. On Sundays, over 80 antique dealers fill the North Market and the surrounding plaza, displaying their wares from dawn to 5 p.m.
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 8 am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 5am to 5pm

4 – Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market  
Toronto

What to buy: This market is a true representation of the flavours found in this multicultural corner of Toronto. Find lots of gluten free options, loads of organic produce and fresh fish from Akiwenzies’ Fish!
Hours: Thursday 3 pm to 7pm 

Winter squashes and greenhouse grown greens abound at market stalls across Ontario -- even in February!

Winter squashes and greenhouse grown greens abound at market stalls across Ontario — even in February!

5 – Barrie Farmers� Market  
Barrie

What to buy: Adams� Honey is famous here; they are a small producer of local honey and natural hive products. We’re all about their honey with cinnamon or ginger! 
Hours: Saturday 8am to noon

6 – Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market 
Orillia

What to buy: Over 50 local farmers, food producers, bakers and artisans offer you fruit, meat and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, honey, prepared foods, sausages, maple syrup, and live music! 
Hours: Saturdays 8am to 1pm. 

7 – St. Jacobs Farmers Market
St. Jacobs

What to buy:  Three words for you: Apple maple cheesecake!  You can also find hot and cold apple cider for those of you who prefer your apples pressed. 

Hours: Saturdays 7am to noon

8 – Convent Garden Market 
London

What to buy: Every week more than 100 vendors bring you Ontario’s farm-fresh foods, crafts, imported goods and most things imaginable, plus amazing ready-to-eat foods, all in a variety of buildings and outdoors too. Bring your appetite!
Hours: Thursday and Saturday:  7 am – 3:30 pm

9 – Guelph Farmers Market  
Guelph

What to buy:  Three words for you: Apple maple cheesecake!  You can also find hot and cold apple cider for those of you who prefer your apples pressed. 
Hours: Saturdays 7am to noon

10 – Thunder Bay Country Market 
Thunder Bay

What to buy: Find fresh and smoked fish, Thunder Oak Gouda and local whole milk from Slate River Dairy — and definitely try their cocoa milk as well, a mixture of only three ingredients: whole milk, cane sugar and cocoa powder!
Hours: Saturdays 8am to 1pm 


For more farmer’s markets near you, check out Farmers Markets Ontario.

 

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