Laughter, live folk music, and overall-clad farmers proudly selling their made-with-love wares. Even just the thought of farmers’ markets makes us smile. Bringing communities together in celebration of simple (yet oh so sweet) things like plump heirloom tomatoes, locally grown pickled turnips, and additive-free gourmet jams, us city folk get to luck out weekly at some awesome sauce farmers’ markets…
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market
Sometimes, bigger is better. And although Evergreen Brick Works preaches the merits of reducing your ecological footprint by living, working and playing more sustainably, their market is one of Toronto’s largest. Held Saturdays from 10:30am to 1pm, the locale – heritage buildings turned vibrant sustainable hub in the heart of the Don Valley – comes alive as people come out to buy fresh produce for the week, chow down on all manner of nutritious goodies, and take in a hike or short stroll through the scenic, lush park before heading home.
The Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market
This is another great, particularly eco option. Held Saturdays from 8am to 12pm at the awesome spot that is Wychwood Barns, The Stop’s Farmers’ Market succeeds with flying colours at connecting people with farmers and food vendors selling largely organic, healthy food. Offering “honest, good food whose production causes as little environmental damage as possible and where everyone involved in its growing and distribution makes a living wage,” its mandate (and mouth-watering products) are highly impressive.
Withrow Park Farmers’ Market
The cat is finally out of the bag! This up-and-coming gem of a farmers’ market (held Saturdays from 9am to 1pm and located in southeast Toronto’s Riverdale) is too good not to share. With spectacular prices and food that’s as fresh and delicious as it gets, you’ve just got to check it out. Consisting largely of prepared gourmet fare you can enjoy there, it’s put on by the Centre for Local Food Initiatives and branches out (literally) from the typical, offering non-food items such as reclaimed wood birdhouses, cookbook swaps and free bike tune-ups.
Fresh Wednesdays at Nathan Phillips Square
Running Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm, Fresh Wednesdays may not have the breadth of offerings as other markets, but it’s oh-so-central an option. Perfect for the DT foodie on the go.
Note: We know this list is anything but extensive. It’s merely a consortium of our favourite markets that we’re able to get to on the weekly. What are yours? Let us know in the comments below!