Ontario has more than one half of the highest quality farm land in all of Canada. Farmers’ markets are the best places to find seasonal produce, support Canadian farmers and local makers. Toronto has farmers’ market all over the city with many that run year round as well as a few pop-up markets in the summer. We’ve created a list of some of the best markets in the city for you to explore.
The Stop’s Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barns
Wychwood Barns is a century old streetcar maintenance facility that has been completely transformed into a space used and shared by the community. Now it is home to artist housing and studios, public greenspace, a greenhouse and more. This market is runned by The Stop Community Food Centre which aims to increase access to healthy food while maintaining dignity. There is an abundance of stalls with fresh produce and many prepared food options as well, including The Stop’s onsite cafe.
Year round, Saturdays 8:30am-12:30pm
Leslieville Farmers’ Market
The Leslieville Farmers’ Market is set in Jonathan Ashbridges Park and offers a lovely experience for the whole family. Aside from their fabulous local vendors there is also live music, kids programs, demos and a community garden to explore. The park itself is not too far away from Woodbine beach in case you want to plan a lakeside stroll into your day.
May-October, Sundays 9am-2pm
Previously a brick factory, Evergreen Brickworks is a cluster of beautiful industrial buildings surrounded by a Toronto ravine. The buildings have been transformed with sustainability in mind and now many green initiatives and events are run out of there, including the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. After the market, you can walk or bike through their nature trails admiring native Canadian plants. For families, there’s the Children’s Garden, a space for kids to learn more about nature in a fun and interactive environment.
Year round, Saturdays 8am-1pm
Farmers’ Market on Saturdays at St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market is Toronto landmark and is open to the public year round during the majority of the week. However, the best time to go is on Saturday because there is the addition of the south building where farmers’ drive in and set up for one day only. There is always baskets of fresh produce as well as at least one butcher, bakers, local honey and dairy farmers as well.
Year round, Saturdays 5am-3pm
Owned and operated by the WestEnd Food Co-op, this farmers’ market is a favourite for local residents of Roncesvalles, High Park, Sorauren and Parkdale. This market has many great vendors and WestEnd Food Co-op always makes something delicious using seasonal fruits and vegetables. There’s always live music in the communal eating area as well.
Year round, Mondays 3pm-7pm
Nathan Phillips’ Square
In the heart of the downtown core, the farmers’ market at Nathan Phillips’ Square is greatly appreciated by locals of the area. This afternoon market is perfect for dropping by during your lunch break and makes it easy and accessible for people to buy from local farms. There’s usually a few prepared food options, so people can enjoy lunch near the iconic Toronto sign as well.
May-October, Wednesdays 8am-2pm
Dufferin Grove Park
Set in the beautiful Dufferin Grove Park, this market is perfect for having an impromptu picnic dinner. There’s a large playground in the park as well which makes it a popular market for families with small children. Expect to find fresh bread baked on site in their outdoor wood burning ovens by the Dufferin Park Bakers additional to a variety of vendors.
Year round, Thursdays 3pm-7pm
The Cabbagetown farmers’ market is tucked away in the west side of Riverdale Park, beside Riverdale Farm. This market is a little smaller than some of the others on this list but offers a nice peaceful neighborhood vibe as opposed to some of the busier weekend markets. The assortment of vendors is just enough to give you a little bit of everything. If you choose to walk a little further into the east of Riverdale Park, you will be rewarded with an incredible view of the Toronto skyline.
May-October, Tuesdays 3pm-7pm