8 Farmers Markets To Visit In Toronto This Summer
The sun is finally out (ish) and that means it’s finally farmers market season. Fresh and colourful produce stands from local farmers are popping up at markets across the city like spring flowers. As us in Toronto start firing up our barbecues, you can stock up on the freshest fruits and veggies while supporting local growers. Enjoy the seasonal produce for as long as you can and discover new ingredients for a true farm-to-table experience.
These are 8 farmers markets in Toronto to visit this summer!
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can find a fresh variety of seasonal produce at Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market. Spend the morning perusing the booths and stock up on economically and ecologically sustainable groceries. In addition to the market, get a breathtaking view of Toronto when you hike to the top of the Lookout Path. As Evergreen Brick Works is open year round, you can always experiment with different recipes and ingredients, and even stop by the skating rink in the winter!
With a focus on proper nourishment of the body and soul, and always welcoming new vendors, the Leslieville Farmers Market collaborates with partners to promote and sustain the goals of their community. It do exactly as its mandate reads, “Connecting everyone to good food”. Now that the summer market is open, folks can buy from vendors like Bolo Soup+Bread, Pasta Tucci, and Ahimsa Eco. There is also live music and children’s activities so it’s perfect for the whole family. Stop by every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Across from Dufferin Mall, you’ll find the good vibes of the Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This year round market fosters the relationship between local farmers and Toronto urbanites to connect to the roots of good food and the community. With dozens of vendors, you can expect to find delicious preserves, fresh meat, organic vegetables, and prepared foods featuring tasty seasonal ingredients.
You can easily spend the whole day at Trinity Bellwoods Park at its farmers market. Grab your picnic blanket and fill up your basket at the market that’s packed with fresh Ontario grown produce, wine, and snacks all made by artisan vendors. Enjoy the fresh air and see what your community has to offer every Tuesday between May 7 to October from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m rain or shine!
Every Saturday from May to November, you can find grassroots companies selling artisan snacks, spreads, wines, cheeses, and prepared meals alongside locally-grown produce. The Junction Farmers Market is a great place to find new foodie favourites made by local farmers and vendors. Only open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., bring the whole family to stock up on some new pantry favourites.
Located in Toronto’s north end, you can find baked goods and buy organic produce straight from the farmers themselves at the North York Farmers Market. Open from the last Thursday of May to the last Thursday of October, you can shop this outdoor grocery heaven from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year long market is where you can find those hard-to-find ingredients, fresh fruits, veggies, and prepared goods. The best part is that you can enjoy your purchases right at the park. Support sustainable farming, connect with your community, and decrease your carbon footprint while buying your groceries! Shop the market every Monday from 3 p.m to 7 p.m.
If you ever find yourself a little bit outside of the city or want to venture north for a fun day trip, you can spend your whole morning here at the 19th Avenue Farmers Market. This is where you’ll find an abundance of colour vegetables, plus a wide variety of flowers and plants. The communal energy might even have you inspired to whip out your cookbooks and throw a summer dinner party. The market is open seven days a week, and we hear the primetime to source the best produce is right at the markets 9 a.m. opening.
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