Written by Caitlyn Stewart
One of the best things about having warm weather again is that it means farmers’ markets are back, and they’re all over the GTA! I go to the farmers’ market every weekend because the produce is fresh, it helps our local economy, and everything is usually cheaper than buying it at the grocery store. What’s not to love? If you’re looking for a market close to you read on to find your source for fresh and local produce!
Junction Farmers’ Market
Saturdays from 9AM – 1PM, May-October, Junction Train Platform, 2960 Dundas St West
The mission of the Junction Farmers’ Market is to, “provide local, sustainably produced fresh foods in ways that build the community, support local food growers and producers, and promote access to healthy food for everyone who lives in and around the Junction.”
Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays May-October, 3PM – 7PM, Trinity Bellwoods Park The mission of the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market is to, “support and increase access to fresh, local, sustainable, naturally grown and certified organic agriculture. To educate the community in the food they eat, the source from which it comes and how it is grown and/or prepared. Trinity is farmer focused, favours slow food, not fast food, and eating at hearth and home.”
St. Lawrence Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, year-round, 5AM – 3PM, St. Lawrence Market There’s a lot of parking available, so you’ll have an easy time carting your newly bought produce home. There’s also more than just produce for sale at this market. It’s well worth the visit!
AppleTree Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays 3PM – 7PM, May-October, 875 Dufferin St. “AppleTree is committed to promoting the fresh food movement in a fast-paced city” by “support[ing]...rural farmers, local producers, and artisans.”
North York Farmers’ Market
Thursdays from 8AM – 2PM, May-October, Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street There aren’t too many markets in the north end of the city so if you’re in the neighbourhood this is one to check out.
Sherway Farmers’ Market
Fridays from 8AM – 2PM, June-October, Sherway Gardens, 1536 The Queensway This farmers’ market is in the parking lot of Sherway Gardens, which is great because there’s lots of parking available for all the people who come.
People’s Church Farmers’ Market
Fridays 9AM – 3PM, May-October, 374 Sheppard Avenue East This market is a bit smaller than some of the others on the list, but smaller can still pack a punch!
Etobicoke Civic Centre Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8AM- 2PM, June-October There’s parking about half a block away from the market, but it’s worth the slight walk. It’s a rather large market, and there’s fresh produce, flowers, and baked goods for sale.
Weston Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 7AM – 2PM May-October, GO Parking Lot. 1865 Weston Rd. This market has been open for over 40 years, so you know it’s a good one to check out.
The Distillery District Market
Sundays 12PM – 5PM, Late May-September (check ahead on Facebook for schedule and cancellations) Everything that’s sold in this market is from 100 km (or less) away. They take local very seriously. You can find organic preserves, crafts, and cured meats.
East York Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays 8AM-2PM, May-October, East York Civic Centre It’s the perfect spot to grab lunch if you didn’t bring anything from home since it’ll be healthy!
Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays from 8AM – 2PM, May-October If you work downtown this is the perfect spot to grab some groceries at lunch so you don’t have to make an extra stop on the commute home.
Stonegate Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 4PM- 7PM, 194 Park Lawn Rd in the parking lot of St. James Anglican Church What’s great about this market is that it’s an easy stop on the way home from work to grab what you need for the rest of the week.
Montgomery's Inn Farmers' Market
Wednesdays 2PM – 6PM, 4709 Dundas St. W. The market runs all year round, but it’s only outside in the summertime.
Toronto Botanical Gardens Farmers' Market
Thursdays 2PM – 7PM, Spring-December (check with Facebook group for official start and end dates) near the intersection of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue East They have great produce, and in the summer time they also sell wine. What’s not to love?
No matter where you are in the city there’s a market near you. Make sure you stop by one (or a couple) this season. Check with your local BIA to see which farmers’ markets are closest to you; you won’t regret it!