The Best Farmers Markets in Toronto
The best farmers' markets in Toronto connect city dwellers directly with local growers and make it easy to enjoy delicious fruits, veggies and seasonal delicacies. Popping up weekly, these markets offer more than just groceries - you'll find everything from family friendly fun to live entertainment and street eats.
Here are the best farmers' markets in Toronto.
Brick Works Farmers' Market
This Saturday morning market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round and has become a magnet for locavores looking to buy prime produce, farm fresh eggs, meats, cheeses, and wild flowers. Aside from shopping, visitors can expect live music, kid-friendly activities, tastings and more.
St. Lawrence Market
As the historic North Market undergoes redevelopment, find this farmers' market temporarily relocated to a lot on Lower Jarvis. The market comes alive every Saturday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., and offers an outstanding variety of seasonal produce straight from the source, plus fresh cut flowers, honey, meats, cheeses and homestyle baked goods.
Leslieville Farmers' Market
The east side farmers' market draws huge crowds to Jonathan Ashbridge Park on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here you'll find seasonal delights like ramps, fiddleheads and rhubarb from local farms, plus artisan sourdoughs from De La Terre, and refreshments from Earth & City and Augie's Ice Pops. After 11am there's even beer!
Wychwood Park/Wychwood Barns
Stock up on kale and fresh baked goods in a single trip to The Stop's first rate farmers' market held each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. This is another market that is open all year round, and features dozens of merchants including favourites like the Alchemy Pickle Company, Dundas Park Kitchen, and Bizjak Farms.
Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market
Easily accessed by transit and operating every Thursday year-round from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., this farmers' market is a favourite for stocking up on fresh fare on the way home from work. Shop for fresh produce, local organic beef, olive oil, maple syrup, preserves, and more. Refuel along the way with sheep's milk ice cream cones.
The Fairmount Park Farmers' Market
Located on Upper Gerrard between Woodbine and Coxwell, find this farmers' market in business every Wednesday from June to October - rain or shine - from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to farm fresh produce, enjoy onigiri from Abokichi and Zimbabwaen meat pies from Mnandi Pies.
The Sorauren Farmers' Market
The West-End Food Co-Op hosts this market in Sorauren Park every Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Market-goers will find fixtures of the farmers' market circuit like ChocoSol, and Forbes Wild Foods, as well as local gems like Sonam's Momos.
Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market
At the northwest corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park, this popular outdoor market is a weekly affair that pops up every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shop for an array of fresh produce direct from farmers along with notable stalls like Ali's Fish Shack, Monforte Dairy, and St. John's Bakery.
East Lynn Farmers' Market
This open-air market, held every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., is a favourite summer attraction for the Danforth and Woodbine community. Above and beyond basic farm-fresh fruits and veggies, find stellar ready-to-eat options, kid-friendly activities, live entertainment and the occasional movie night.
Nathan Phillips Square Farmers' Market
Fresh Wednesdays brightens up all that concrete in front of City Hall from 8:30 a.m.to 2 p.m. each week from June until mid October. In addition to shopping stalls trading fresh produce, breads, and cheeses, the lunch time clientele enjoy food vendors and live music.
Metro Hall Farmers' Market
Farm fresh produce, baked goods and preserves can be found Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in this courtyard off King West. The farmers' market pops up from late May to late October and features 18 vendors each week selling fresh picked fruits and vegetables, honey, cheese, breads, flowers, herbs.
Now in its ninth year, this season kicks off in May and will run every Saturday from 9am to 1pm in Withrow Park. Aside from the expected assortment of regionally grown produce and baked goods, highlights here include ice cream sandwiches from Sweet Sammies and preserves from Manning Canning.
The Regent Park Farmers' Market
Every Wednesday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., this farmers' market offers an array of fresh veggies, halal meats, artisanal breads, and cheeses offered by local businesses including Fazla's Cake House, Ethiopian Samosas, and Lemon Lily Tea.
Montgomery's Inn Farmers Market
Every Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm, a collection of local growers and food purveyors gather at Dundas West at Islington to showcase organic produce, fresh baked breads, cheeses, preserves and more. Finish your shopping then tour the museum free during market hours.
East York Farmers' Market
Soak up the sun at this outdoor marketplace on Tuesday mornings from 8am to 2pm in front of the East York Civic Centre on Coxwell. Expect to find freshly harvested Ontario fruits and vegetables as well as honey, preserves, cured meats, cheeses, baked goods, and fruit smoothies.