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Our favorite farmers’ markets in Ontario

Farmers’ Markets across Ontario are coming alive and moving outdoors. They’re considered essential services and we couldn’t agree more. They provide communities across Ontario with access to fresh, healthy food direct from the farm. Many have implemented safety protocols – including distancing, mandatory mask policies and controlled entry – to keep you and your family safe.

Here’s where our staff is stocking up on local food this spring. We hope it inspires you to find the farmers’ market in your community and visit!


Kyle Dren

Hamilton Mountain Farmers Market
Hamilton, ON

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“I stumbled upon this quaint little farmers market while walking my dog along the Hamilton Mountain Brow one early morning. The Hamilton Mountain Farmers Market is a seasonal pop up market (previously Saturday mornings, most recently Friday evenings) located in a small corner of a church parking lot, with an intimate selection of vendors. Sure, there are bigger markets out there that might offer more, but this one is literally right smack dab in the middle of the neighbourhood! Plus, because it’s so small, you can get to know all the vendors personally which makes for a really special visit each time. If you live in the area, I highly recommend it.”


Rebecca Mackenzie

Wellington Farmers Market
Prince Edward County, ON

Saturdays, May to October 9 AM to 1 PM; opening May 22, 2021
www.countymarkets.ca

“Located in the parking lot of the United Church on the Main Street, the Wellington Farmers Market is set along the shores of Lake Ontario and showcases the bounty that is Prince Edward County. From fresh-baked bread and pastries to fresh lake fish, prepared foods, fresh garden goodies, and some locally crafted artisan products, there’s plenty to fill your pantry and more at this market!”


Camilo Montoya-Guevara

Brampton Farmers’ Market
Brampton, ON

Saturdays from 8am to 1pm starting June 19 until October 23
brampton.ca

“The Brampton Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Brampton close to City Hall. Having worked with the City of Brampton on phase 2 of their food tourism strategy and the development of their 5-year tourism strategy, the Farmers’ Market was constantly named as a highlight for both residents and visitors! With over 30 vendors for the 2021 season, including farmer stands and food providers, I’m excited to take a trip not too far from home in Toronto, buy some fresh produce grown near the GTA, and try the range of cuisines available at the Brampton Farmers’ Market.”


 

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Valerie Keast

ByWard Market Farmers’ Market / Marché By
Ottawa, ON

7 days a week, 9-5 May 1st – Oct. 31st
byward-market.com/

“Located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, just steps away from the Rideau Canal and Parliament Buildings, the ByWard Market Farmer’s Market is always bustling and a must see. Many of the producers and artisans come from less than 100km away, which means you get the best from the Ottawa Valley and neighboring Quebec. With so many stands packed close together, and a backdrop of old historical red brick buildings, it’s a feast for all the senses.”


Caroline Morrow

Sorauren Farmers’ Market
Toronto, ON

3:00-7:00pm each Monday from May 24th – November 1st
www.soraurenmarket.com

“Love the community spirit of this farmers market. Organizers rallied last year and put together farm boxes featuring ingredients from different producers. It was a great way to stay connected to the market and local farmers during the pandemic. Looking forward to the grand reopening in a few weeks when I can sit on the lawn of Sorauren Park and eat through half my groceries before I even make it home.”


Zoë Galanis

St. Lawrence Farmers Market
Toronto, ON

Saturdays, Year-Round
stlawrencemarket.com

“Tucked behind St. Lawrence Market South’s iconic brick building lives a makeshift tented structure – St. Lawrence Market North a.k.a. the St. Lawrence Farmers Market. The produce-heavy market keeps me up to date on what’s in season. My favorite months to visit are in August and September because that’s when I’m able to get next-level watermelons.”


Agatha Podgorski

The Mill Market
Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Saturdays, 9 AM – 2 PM Year-round
www.millmarketssm.ca

“I make it a point to stop at farmers’ markets in communities I visit. I gives me a real sense of what kind of ‘food people’ live and work there. Sometimes, they’re just a couple vendors in a parking lot – other times, I show up and my jaw drops. That’s how I felt when I visited The Mill Market in Sault Ste. Marie a couple years ago. It was buzzing with activity and there were so many unique treats I don’t normally get at home. There were wild mushrooms I’d never seen before, Finnish pastries loaded with cardamom and smoked whitefish pepperettes – a curious and delicious road trip snack!”


 

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James Arteaga

Kitchener Market
Kitchener, ON
7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays year-round
https://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/index.aspx#

“I love going downtown to visit the market in Kitchener. There’s a vendor who sells these delicious spicy sausages I always like to buy, but I also love heading to the second floor for a coffee at Serrinia Café and to have some Salvadorian food at La Flor de Izote.  PS: There’s a cute little lane beside the Kitchener Market building called Market Lane. Check it out!”


Robert Elliot

Leslieville Farmers’ Market
Toronto, ON
Sundays, May 16th to October 31st
leslievillemarket.com

“There’s nothing quite like a Sunday stroll through Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood on a warm summer day. The Leslieville Farmers’ Market in Greenwood Park has a little of everything, from farm-fresh meat and produce to hot meals from Feast On businesses to local beer and wine. There’s even live music! This market loves to party on Sundays.”


Dinusha Prasad

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market
Woolwich, ON

Thursdays, 8 am – 2 pm | Saturdays 7am – 3.30 pm Year-Round
www.stjacobsmarket.com

“St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is open year-round but my favourite time to visit is during the growing season when the market is brimming with fresh Ontario veggies and fruit. After browsing through the stalls (with a bag of warm apple fritters in hand!) and stocking up on local cheese, raw honey, and lots of fresh produce, I like to stop by the Market Road Antiques store across the street – it’s a great place to look for unique vintage pieces.”


Trevor Benson

Sorauren Farmers Market
Toronto, ON

Mondays, Year-round (normally), Warm months-outside, cold months-inside, First outdoor market of the year is on Monday, 24 May 2021
soraurenmarket.com

“Sorauren Farmers’ Market is a true community event that connects everyone from the area with local growers, producers, and artisans. There you can get piping hot paper thin pizzas right out of the community brick pizza oven, participate in one of many events during or after the market, or shop for the freshest and best ingredients and products.”


 

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Nastasha Ali

Humber Bay Shores Farmers Market
Toronto, ON

Saturdays, May – October; Opening May 29, 2021
hbsca.ca/events/humber-bay-shores-farmers-market

“Going on a Saturday morning bike ride has become the highlight of my week, and Toronto’s Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is my go-to route (the trail technically stretches for 3,600km from Sault Ste. Marie to the border of Quebec!). No ride is complete without a leisurely breakfast, and stopping by the Humber Bay Shores Farmers Market, just past the iconic Humber Bay bridge, is my idea of a treat. I often pick up an empanada (or three) from House of Empanadas, some fruit from Thames River Melons (I go crazy for muskmelon) and coffee from Felina’s, before finding a spot by the lake to stretch out and, if the sun’s out, take a few more pictures of the city’s always changing skyline.”


What’s your favorite farmers’ market in Ontario?