The Best Farmers' Markets in Toronto
The best farmers’ markets in Toronto make it easy for you to live the locally-sourced lifestyle. Avoid the big box grocery stores and stock up on seasonal produce, organic meats and fresh-baked goods throughout the week, or get connected with an exciting new CSA farm.
There are vendor regulars across markets, but these community hubs also make great small business incubators. Aside from produce, you're guaranteed to stumble on some of the city’s tastiest meals among the newer vendors there.
Here are the best farmers' markets in Toronto.
Start bright and early at Toronto's famed weekend outdoor market, the most historic feature of this popular tourist attraction. Some family-run farms have been selling here since the market’s inception over 200 years ago. You'll find the weekend market in the temporary tent on The Esplanade from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The city's largest farmers' market runs year-round on Saturdays out of Toronto's old brick factory grounds. Evergreen hosts over 60 producers and chefs who table goods from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekly. A visit here means the unique experience of shopping for cheese and skincare while surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the Don River Valley.
Head to Greenwood Park every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for dependable vendors and the occasional musician. Leslieville's roster includes a number of food businesses and start-up farms. Dine on jerk wings, empanadas, and momos while shopping for naturally-raised beef and organic fruit.
If you're not the type to wake up early for a morning trip, Roncesvalles' farmers fixture runs every Monday of the year from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This West End Food Co-op creation takes over Sorauren Park with vendors selling thoughtful eats like sustainable fish from First Fish and hand-made pierogis.
What started in 2002 as a collab between three local farmers has become a Thursday staple in one of the city's most beloved parks. It has the highest concentration of organic-certified vendors of all the markets in the city.
In-person markets have yet to reopen but Dufferin Grove has a stellar online shop that takes orders until Tuesday and will have your haul ready via contactless pickups and deliveries by Thursday.
While no longer being held at the old Junction Train Platform, this neighbourhood staple has relocated and is now going strong at Baird Park with peaches from Bizjak farms and ice cream sandwiches from Ernie's Icebox. This Saturday market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from spring to fall.
For the last two decades, this farmers' market has called the East York Civic Centre home with fresh-cut flowers, honey products, pecks from Brantview Apples and Cider and shiitake from Waymac Farm. It runs from May to the last week of October from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday.
Make a day out of your visit to Riverdale Park West by visiting the cows at the Riverdale Farm before your grocery haul at the market, which runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Shop Ridge Maple syrup, cider from Loch Mor or beans from Neighbourhood Coffee, then go for a walk through the Necropolis Cemetery next door.
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market. Additional photos via St. Lawrence Farmers' Market, Evergreen Brick Works, Leslieville Farmers' Market, Sorauren Farmers' Market, Tanya Mok of Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market, Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market, Junction Farmers' Market, East York Farmers' Market, Cabbagetown Farmers' Market.
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