5 must-visit farmers’ markets in Canada
Even if you love your tiny local market, these larger farmers’ markets across Canada should be on your must-visit list
Marche du Vieux-Port, Quebec City
This year-round market may have the usual offerings of fresh fruits and veggies, but it's the local specialties - ciders, maple syrup, pâtés and preserves - that keep locals and tourists coming back (well, that and the wine). It's also located on the waterfront, making it a beautiful spot for strolling.
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market, Toronto
This sprawling community environmental centre is home to the largest farmers' market in Toronto. Every Saturday from May to November, expect to find delicious, local, fresh food from a variety of vendors. Some standouts include fresh-made meals from Canadian chef Doug McNish (including a Vegan and Gluten-Free Cheesy Baked Squash Mac and Cheese that you can take home) artisanal chocolate from Chocosol Traders and a variety of organic options.
Crossroads Market, Calgary
Calgary's largest year-round market provides a bustling exotic atmosphere, offering everything from mouthwatering Cambodian fare to freshly baked German treats. With over 100 vendors, you're sure to find what you're looking for - along with a few things you're not - think edible flowers and affogato (an espresso/gelato combo).
Trout Lake Farmers' Market, Vancouver
For an authentic community feel, look no further than this charming market in East Vancouver. Open on Saturdays from May to October, vendors selling organic veggies and fresh gourmet fare join together for this popular market. You're encouraged not to drive to the market - but that's okay, because there's a bike valet.
Bonus: The picnic area at Trout Lake provides a beautiful spot to enjoy your fresh market finds.
St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, Waterloo
The charming village of St. Jacobs is just an hour outside of Toronto, but with all the sights to see, it's hard to believe it's not an entirely other world. The town is home to Canada's largest year-round farmers' market (with over 400 vendors) and the nearby countryside is home to Mennonite farmers - many of whom sell hormone and drug-free meats, produce and other products at the market.