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. Here are a few of our favourites located throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
1. Brampton Farmers’ Market
Brampton Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm, beginning on June 11 and runs until October 8. Many incredible farmers and local artisans will be there offering freshly-picked seasonal produce, prepared foods and unique, handcrafted goods. Head over to their website for an up-to-date list of participating vendors. If you’re new to Brampton Farmers’ Market, it’s located in Gage Park, Ken Whillans Square and on Wellington Street West, with free underground parking at City Hall just around the corner.
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 5 pm and Saturdays from 5 am to 4 pm. The North Market turns into an antique market on Sundays and runs between 5 am to 5 pm. In the hustle and bustle of Toronto, the St. Lawrence Market offers a taste of simplicity.
3. Afro-Carribean Farmers’ Market
The Afro-Caribbean Farmers’ Market is back in the newly appointed in Little Jamaica-Afro Caribbean Cultural District. Look for the Green P Carpark at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue West and Oakwood. It will run every Sunday from July 2nd to September 25th from 11am to 3 pm. This market in partnership with the Toronto Black Farmers Collective is a weekly farm-to-table vending experience for affordable fruits & vegetables from the diaspora along with a healthy mix of locally grown CLEAN food. Follow them @afrocaribbeanfarmersmarket for up-to-date details as they’re released.
4. St. Jacobs Market
St. Jacobs Market is Canada’s largest year round farmers’ market. Open Thursdays from 8 am to 3 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 250+ 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, starting May 7th until the end of October from 8 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!