Markets are a great way to support local farmers, vendors, and people in general. However, if you’re anything like me you may get a little bit sad by the time fall/winter rolls around and we have to say so long to our seasonal markets. However, although we may have to bid farewell to some markets by the time October hits, long gone are the days where farmers’ markets only exist in the spring, summer, or fall.
Year-round markets have become more and more popular (thankfully).
As mentioned, it is always nice to shop and support local people when you can but there are a ton of farmers’ markets outside of Halton that are still worth checking out!
Here are the top five year-round markets to visit outside Halton.
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5. Hamilton Farmers’ Market
This year-round market was first established back in 1837 and has since become a staple in the city. Located in downtown Hamilton, the Hamilton Farmers’ Market boasts 60 vendors – market-goers can purchase meats, produce, eggs, baked goods, flowers, artisans, and more.
A few vendors you’ll find at this market include Ken’s Chicken, Country Green Garden, Sam & Son International Cheese, Lina’s Coffee, Slurp Ramen Bar, and Agro Seafood.
In addition to the vendors, it is not uncommon for this market to host seasonal activities (such as Valentine’s Day events, and trick or treating at the market).
Photo is courtesy of the Hamilton Farmers’ Market website.
4. Ottawa Organic Farmers’ Market
This impressive market is open 50 weeks of the year (farmers need a vacation too!) and is the only year-round organic farmers’ market in Ottawa – definitely worth visiting if you’re heading to the country’s capital anytime soon.
At this market, you’ll find ready-to-eat baked goods, and locally grown organic greens such as spinach, kale, and lettuces. However, if neither of those options tickle your fancy, the market also has an abundance of maple syrup, skin care, herb, or fair trade organic coffee vendors (and lots more!).
Note that this market is only open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Photo is courtesy of the Ottawa Organic Farmers Market Facebook page.
3. Guelph Farmers’ Market
Guelph may just be the agriculture capital of Ontario, so it’s no wonder people flock to the year-round Guelph Farmers’ market every Saturday.
At this market, which has been running for more than 180 years, market-goers can pick up fresh produce, meat, dairy products, in addition to home-style cooking, flowers, plants, and tons more. A few vendors that can be found at this market include Bowman’s Organic Produce, Brantview Apples & Cider, Chris Hierlihy Pottery, and the Fairly Frosted Vegan Cupcakery.
Photo is courtesy of the Guelph Farmers’ Market website.
2. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market
The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market is one of the newer ones on this list – it was founded by five local farmers in 2012. Despite being relatively new, it is still a must-see market in Ontario. Here you’ll find artisans, baked goods, dairy products, meats, and more.
A complete list of vendors can be found on the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market website, however, note that the list is subject to change.
This market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Photo is courtesy of the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market website.
1. St. Lawrence Market
Whenever I venture into Toronto I always make sure I stop by the St. Lawrence Market (there is a vendor that has some of the best mussels I have ever tasted). This market is in an incredibly convenient location – only being a short walk from Union Station – and is home to over 100 vendors!
This market consists of an abundance of vendors in a variety of categories including coffee, meat, organic, seafood, local, and bulk foods.
Photo is courtesy of the St. Lawrence Market Facebook page.