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The Best Farmers Markets in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 18, 2015

farmers markets torontoThe 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.

See also:

Farmers' markets in Toronto by day of the week
Winter 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.

farmers markets torontoTrinity 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.

Withrow Market
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.

farmers market torontoThe 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.

Discussion

20 Comments

Melissa A / May 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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This is great! I am out in Cambridge and I do like the weekend market here but it's so nice to find different ones with great local food and products. Thanks for this!
Ryan / May 18, 2015 at 01:13 pm
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Since the West end is poorly represented in this list I will add a couple to the only one on the list (Montgomery's inn). Etobicoke city hall has a fairly large farmer's market on the weekends during the summer and there is also one in the parking lot of Sherway during the week. I forget the day/time of that one.
W. K. Lis / May 18, 2015 at 03:09 pm
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I remember in the 1950's, as a kid, a farmer would come by along our street. He'll park and sell his produce from the back of his truck.

These days, the streets would be filled with parked cars. No can do.
nv / May 18, 2015 at 04:43 pm
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Unfortunately some of the ''farmers'' are not local farmers. They should only allow true local farmers and not people purchasing fruit and veg at the food terminal, or ''bakeries'' that are really chain stores.
Dr. Mantis / May 18, 2015 at 04:50 pm
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mel lastman square.
Melinda / May 18, 2015 at 06:53 pm
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I love Dufferin Grove and Wychwood. One market you missed is the yum! farmers' market at York University. 30+ vendors, year-round market.
exaybachay / May 18, 2015 at 09:19 pm
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A farmers market that closes at 1pm really doesn't have any interest in doing business. Sadly this is the case with the Brickworks. They are closing up shop just as people are arriving.
Steve / May 19, 2015 at 12:10 am
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Exaybachay - farmers are often getting up at 4AM to finish loading their fresh produce into their vehicles and beat traffic into the city. A true farmers market is a market by and for the benefit of farmers. If you want to support the people who keep you fed and therefore alive, I think you can get out of bed a little earlier than 1PM.
Steve / May 19, 2015 at 12:14 am
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nv - here, here! Customers need to educate themselves on what is actually being sold - luckily, new signage guidelines from the province are on the way and should help. I'm a bit biased, but The Stop's market manager takes great care in visiting and investigating all farm vendors (and keeping a 51% minimum of local farm vendors, year round).
Reg / May 19, 2015 at 08:37 am
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Are there any restrictions or regulations who can sell at these markets? Last one I went to people were selling homemade Popsicles, roti, sandwiches, cookies. They weren't farmers, hardley even the food of farmers.
Zoe replying to a comment from nv / May 19, 2015 at 06:37 pm
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You have to check that it is a Mymarket. At Eastlynn only local farmers with their own products are allowed. We actually lost one of our original and best stalls because they used their own fruit, but the flour etc. in their baking wasn't all local.
Patty / May 20, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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I love Earth and City!
C / May 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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@Ryan and the Junction Farmers Market in the west end is good too! Located on Dundas street west near Pacific ave.
Mark replying to a comment from Steve / May 28, 2015 at 05:41 pm
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Well said!
Poznan / June 1, 2015 at 03:01 pm
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Well done. St Lawrence for me is the best of all these places.
Carolyn / June 2, 2015 at 10:03 pm
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Lots of misinformation in this conversation trail. Best ya'll visit www.tfmn.ca for some great info. Education is paramount surrounding the food we eat. Farmers' markets can very much help, just ask the farmers. For a market to have a 'farmers' market designation' it must have 50% + 1 farmer to non-farmer ratio. It's not just Wychwood. ALL markets have to adhere. The reason why there is prepared foods is to enhance your market shopping experience. The prepared are generally product made with local ingredients, as much as possible. If you have an too many produce farmers, it is not viable for anyone - so what's that point? Mixing it up for diversity is good. FYI, it is very difficult to make prepared foods with 100% local ingredients, so ya give that a rest. AND farmers' need to eat something while they are working too, packing a lunch at 4 in the morning is not high on their list - pulling produce from the ground to bring to the city is their livelihood. The prepared foods at Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market are there largely in response to the vendors who wanted some prepared foods to eat. All FM's have their own rules & regulations, most are pretty similar i.e. focus on food and supporting local agriculture (which is the main reason for support in the City). I hope this addresses some things for people.... Hh by the way, there's been a huge move away from resellers with Food Terminal produce. I can say confidently that the majority of FM's are now filled with farmers selling what they grow. So, with that said, come to www.tbfm.ca and see for yer self! Cheers!
Chris replying to a comment from Carolyn / June 3, 2015 at 03:06 pm
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Well said Carolyn! Totally agree.
Paul / June 3, 2015 at 04:27 pm
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You're forgetting the best place for fruits and veggies at EASILY the cheapest prices, is the Toronto Weston Flea market. On weekends they have a fruit and veggie section and if you go sunday afternoon you can leave with more food than you can carry for 20$ Also they have some exotic stuff that you don't see at other markets.
Mark / June 17, 2015 at 10:01 am
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If you are north of the city on the weekend, check out a great Farmer's Market in Unionville - Stiver Mill Historic farmer's market, every Sunday from 10 - 4 until December.
http://www.unionvillestivermillmarket.com/
kelly replying to a comment from exaybachay / July 4, 2015 at 08:35 am
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Agree with Exaybachay.

A lot of people have demanding work and home lives and can't necessarily afford to hit this market first thing on Saturday morning (to the exclusion of other competing life priorities). This speaks volumes that they are not actually interested in doing business. If this is not the case, they should reconsider extending the hours.

To Steve below, it's to the benefit of the farmers if they're making money and not missing out on a huge portion of their market. They need to put bread on the table for their families too.

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