Taking a trip to the farmers’ market is one of the best ways to support local. Farmers’ markets are filled with local vendors who pride themselves on their products whether they sell produce, home baked goods, teas, ciders, honey or jewellery. Markets are perfect for the whole family as there’s truly something for everyone. Be sure to follow all public COVID-19 protocols set out by each market, including mask wearing, no eating or drinking, and social distancing to make your visit as safe as possible.
1. Brampton Farmers’ Market
Brampton Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm until October 23. Many incredible farmers and local artisans will be there offering freshly-picked seasonal produce, prepared foods and unique, handcrafted goods. Favourites include Fenwick Berry Farm, MiChurros, Jamie’s Cracked Corn and Uncle Dad’s Pizza Plus. If you’re a Brampton Farmers’ Market frequenter, note that there’s been a change in location this year and it’s located in Gage Park, Ken Whillans Square and on Wellington Street West.
2. St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market is an indoor farmers’ market located in Toronto’s downtown core. Vendors offer everything from freshly baked bread to guacamole, homemade perogies, baked goods, fresh seafood and so much more. The North Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 5 am to 3 pm, and the South Market is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 5 am to 4 pm. The North Market turns into an antique market on Sundays. In the hustle and bustle of Toronto, the St.Lawrence Market offers a taste of simplicity.
3. Afro-Carribean Farmers’ Market
There’s a new farmers’ market in town! The Afro-Carribean Farmers’ Market is arriving in Little Jamaica at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue West and Oakwood. The market aims to provide fresh produce to everyone in the neighbourhood through a new currency called Callaloo Cash. Callaloo Cash helps bridge the gap between those who can afford to purchase fresh produce and those who should be given the same opportunity but don’t have the same income. It’s a subsidy that can be purchased by local businesses and organizations and distributed. Donations can also be made to the market and turned into Callaloo Cash for those who come seeking food assistance. Food items from the Caribbean and Africa will be available, alongside local food and craft artisans selling lifestyle goods, breads, fruits, desserts, sauces and jams.
4. St. Jacobs Market
St. Jacobs Market is Canada’s largest year round farmers’ market. Open Thursdays from 8 am to 2 pm and Saturdays from 7 am to 3:30 pm, it’s a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto. You can visit the Market Building, the Peddler’s Village and the Market Tent, where you’ll find sweet treats, farm-to-table ingredients and local offerings from flowers to homemade goods. With over 300 local vendors including Marche Fresh, Johnson Farms, A Portuguesa Bakery and Caudle’s Catch Seafood you’ll find everything you need here.
5. Newmarket Farmers’ Market
You can enjoy the Newmarket Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning until the end of October from 9 am to 1 pm. It’s the perfect place to buy farm fresh produce, homemade baking and handmade crafts, and a great spot to (safely) meet up with friends to walk around. With 40+ vendors throughout the season, there’s lots to enjoy and explore at the New Market Farmers’ Market!