The arrival of summers also heralds the return of farmers’ market season. And Regardless of what neighbourhood you call home, there’s probably a market close by, so you need not travel far to score some fresh fruit and veg.
New to the city this year: A company called FoodStory, which has partnered with a few of the city’s markets to deliver fresh food straight to your door—a helpful service if you’re unable to get off work in time to hit the market. Either way, check out our handy guide below for the city’s best offerings.
Sorauren Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Produce and honey from Clover Roads Organic Farm, Kind Organics, Bees Universe, Country Meadows Organics, and Green Gate Farm, bread from De La Terre Bakery, cheese from Monforte Dairy, chocolate from ChocoSol, and fresh and frozen fish and seafood from FisherFolk.
What’s for dinner: Vegan and raw meals, like carrot, apple, raisin flatbreads, and lentil and walnut burgers from Earth & City, fish sandwiches from Ali’s Fish Shack, and gourmet popsicles from Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops.
Open year-round. 3–7 p.m. Sorauren Avenue Park, 50 Wabash Ave.
AppleTree in the Village
What’s available: Jewellry, baked goods, flowers, fruit, vegetables, organic meat, plants, herbs, butter, and preserves from Meadow Sweet Farm, Essential Rituals, The Nut Bakery, Wiecha Farms, HighMark Farms, Jerry’s Berries, Sun-Ray Orchards, Sideroad Natural Farm, and more.
What’s for dinner: Sweet and savoury pies from The Canadian Pie Company and Yorktown Pies, and crepes from Organic Crepe.
To Oct. 8. 3–7 p.m. June Rowlands Park, 220 Davisville Ave.
East York Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Produce (especially tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, asparagus, and potatoes), pies, meat, preserves, bread, cheese, and honey from the likes of Hillsview Farm, Willowtree Farms, Thiessen Farms, Monforte Dairy, Waymac Mushroom Farm, and others.
What’s for lunch: Peameal bacon sandwiches and sausages from Kountry King Foods, and fruit smoothies from Sunshine Shakes.
To Nov. 5. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
CityPlace Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Organic meats, organic and conventional veggies, fruit, cheese, eggs, honey, syrup, and bagged and ready-to-eat greens and micro greens.
What’s for dinner: Speers Farms cooks up hot beef sandwiches using dry-aged, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat.
To Oct. 15. 3:30–7:30 p.m. Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd.
Riverdale Farm Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Produce, eggs, cheese, heritage-breed meat, bread, and tofu from the likes of Trillium Organics, Country Meadows, Best Baa Dairy, St. John’s Bakery, and Feast of Fields, and there’s even knife-sharpening from Exact Edge Knife Sharpening Services. Bonus: On Tuesdays the farm itself is open until 7 p.m. (it usually closes at 5 p.m.), in case you wanna take the family by.
What’s for dinner: Pies from the Canadian Pie Company, crepes from Organic Crepes, and pizzas cooked in the farm’s outdoor oven.
To Oct. 15. 3–7 p.m. Riverdale Farm, 201 Winchester St.
Stonegate Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Conventional and organic produce (all local), honey, bread, cheese, and meat from Monforte Dairy, Natural Organics, Green Gate Farms, De La Terre Bakery, Doug’s Honey, Demkormart, and more.
What’s for dinner: Cinnamon rolls, strudels, chocolate croissants, and veggie pizzas from Cozy Café & Bakery, Creole and Cajun cooking (like blackened chicken, fried catfish, gumbo, and jambalaya) from Mississippi Queen Foods.
To Oct. 8. 4–7 p.m. Stonegate Plaza, 150 Berry Rd.
Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Apples, seedlings, cheese, corn, sprouts, berries, jams, preserves, fish, flowers, herbs, tomatoes, coffee, pickles, crackers, bread, and more from nearly two dozen farmers and artisans, including Avalon Orchards, Essa Sprouts, Feast of Fields, Lovell Springs Trout Farm, Trillium Farms, Bona Fide Bean Coffee, Forbes Wild Foods Inc., St. Johns Bakery, and Stasis Preserves.
What’s for dinner: Fish and vegetable fritters and roti from Ali’s Fish Shack, baked goods from The Local Café, and crackers and cookies from Evelyn’s Crackers.
To Oct. 29. 3–7 p.m. Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W.
Bloor-Borden Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Organic and conventional meats and veggies, fruit, cheese and more, from certified local farmers. Bonus: There’s a balloon twister on hand every week for the kids.
What’s for dinner: Speers Farms (same vendor as at City Place, above) cooks up hot beef sandwiches using dry-aged, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat.
To Oct. 23. 3–7 p.m. Green P lot at Lippincott Street and Bloor Street West.
John Street Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Regular and gluten-free cupcakes and breads from Have a Cupcake, maple syrup from McCamus Maple Syrup, fruit and berries from Warner’s Farms, handmade soaps and lotions from Brazen Razor, coffee from Big Wheel Coffee, and more.
What’s for dinner: Caribbean-inspired vegan baked goods and savoury patties (with flavours like spinach and sun dried tomato, and chickpea and potato) from Plum Bun Bakery.
To Oct. 30. 3:30–7 p.m. St. George-the-Martyr Anglican Church, 197 John St.
Fairmount Park Farm Market
What’s available: Produce from the likes of Grass Root Organics, goat meat from Goats in Motion, berkshire pork from Little Valley CSA, canned preserves from Manning Canning, and more.
What’s for dinner: Get some Japanese rice balls from Abokichi, quiches from Tarte Sophie, and African food from Village Kanteen. And then grab some cookies and milk from Moo Milk Bar for dessert.
July 17-Oct. 30. 3-7 p.m. 1725 Gerrard St. E.
Montgomery’s Inn Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Produce from McVean Organic Farm, seedlings and veggies from Nith Valley Farm, fresh fruit from Bizjak Farms, hormone-free beef, pork, and lamb from Green Gate Farms, homemade jams, preserves, and maple syrup from Growing Spaces, and sheep, goat, and water buffalo cheese from Monforte Dairy.
What’s for dinner: Southern Horizons makes different organic soups each week.
To Oct 30. 2–6 p.m. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W.
Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Ontario-grown produce, deli meats, wild honey, preserves, flowers, and baked goods. Live music is also on offer every Wednesday throughout the summer from the likes of Justin Dubé, Layah Jane, The Jason Wilson Trio, Liam Titcomb, and more.
What’s for lunch: Gourmet hot dogs from Fusia Dog, Caribbean curries and roti from Jan’s Catering, and burgers and back bacon sandwiches from Grandpa Kens Peameal Bacon.
July 10–Oct. 23. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
Regent Park Farmers Market
What’s available: Produce, meat (including halal meat), cheese, pastries, bread, honey, and preserves from Southern Horizons Farm, Wicklow Way Farm, Footstep Organics, Arman Farmers Market, Highmark Farm, Campbell-Luxton, Fresh City Farms, and more. The helpful website also has info on what’s fresh each week (like arugula, collard greens, lettuce, scallions, kale, and garlic).
What’s for dinner: Bahamian fish sandwiches and fritters from (the very busy) Ali Harris of Fish Shack, and samosas and eggrolls from local cooks working out of the kitchen at Paint Box Bistro. Also, when the weather’s nice, barbecue corn is on offer.
To Oct. 30. 3–8 p.m. Regent Park Boulevard, beside 555 Dundas St. E.
What’s available: A similar selection to AppleTree’s Davisville market (on Tuesdays, see above), including baked goods, cheese, flowers, fruit, veggies, honey, maple syrup, plants, and preserves from Highmark Farms, PV’s Fruit and Veggies, BioVision Farm Organic Meats, and Marigold Maple Syrup.
What’s for lunch or dinner: Vegan- and gluten-free Caribbean pastries from Plum Bun, sweet French-style crepes from Organic Crepe and the ChocoSol stand makes corn tortillas filled with cheese (from Monforte) and veggies (from other market vendors).
To Oct. 10. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. In front of Toronto Postal Station K, Yonge Street and Montgomery Avenue.
Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market
What’s available: The popular west end market has dozens of vendors, including Thorpe’s Organic Produce for veggies and herbs, Fun Guy Farms for shiitake and oyster mushrooms, Feast of Fields for grapes, pears, peaches, and berries (when in season), Beretta Organics for beef, pork, turkey, chicken, and lamb, and Dufferin Grove Bakers for a variety of loaves baked on the site.
What’s for dinner: Vegan sausages and burgers from Brixton Grill, organic sweet and savoury crepes (made using whole wheat flour) from Clement’s Crepes, and fish sandwiches and fritters from Ali’s Fish Shack.
Open year-round. 3–7 p.m. Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St.
East Lynn Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Baked goods, berries, bagged greens, and organic meat are the current faves at this market. Kids crafts, face painting, and story telling sessions are also on offer each week.
What’s for dinner: Soups, quiches, and sandwiches from Lazy Daisy’s Café, and pastas and Italian rice balls from Corrado’s Authentic Italian Food Truck. Many of the prepared food vendors buy produce from the farmers on hand.
To Oct. 17. 3–7 p.m. East Lynn Park, 1949 Danforth Ave.
Indulge Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Rhubarb, asparagus, berries, and corn from Andrews’ Scenic Acres, apples and cider from Brantview Farm, baked goods and dry-cured meats from Domenic’s Meats, flowers from La Primavera Farms, cheese from Monforte Dairy, tomatoes from Sovereign Farms, and more.
What’s for lunch: Samosas, curries, and naan from Veda Healthy Indian Fast Food, jerk chicken, curries, roti, and other Caribbean specialties from Jan’s Catering Service, and giant burritos from Burrito Boyz.
To Oct 17. 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. David Pecaut Square, 55 John St. (on Oct. 17 the market takes place at Simcoe Park, 255 Wellington St.)
Toronto Botanical Gardens Organic Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Local produce, bread, meat, cheese, and honey from P & H Farms, Pete’s Fresh Organics, Trillium Organic Farm, Potager duKanada, Grand River Ecological Growers, and more.
What’s for dinner: Breads and pastries from Marché 59, vegetarian, vegan and raw plates from Hearty Catering, and Indian curries and rice dishes from Clay Pot Catering.
To Oct. 10. 3–7 p.m. Toronto Botanical Gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave.
Sherway Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Vegetables, fruit, cheese, butter, nuts, deli meats, baked goods, eggs, preserves, flowers, and honey from Andrews’ Scenic Acres, McNeice Fruit Farm, Thorne Farms, Monforte Dairy, European Meat, Rick’s Nut Hut, Wendy’s Whipped Butter, and a few dozen other vendors.
What’s for lunch: Sausage rolls, breads, squares, and strudels from Quality Bakery, and savoury pies from That Pie Place.
To Oct. 25. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre, 25 The West Mall.
Fairview Mall Farmers’ Market
What’s available: About a dozen vendors sell local produce, honey, eggs, baked goods (including some vegan fare), cheese, maple syrup, beef, pork, and deli meats.
What’s for breakfast and lunch: Vegan and gluten-free savoury pies, carrot cake, scones, and cookies from Hearty Catering.
To Oct. 11. 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Fairview Mall, 1800 Sheppard Ave. E.
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market
What’s available: There are over 60 vendors at the Brick Works’ market, meaning it’s possible to pretty much get anything you need for the weekend. This includes produce, bread, meat, fish, dairy, chocolate, pickles, preserves, flowers, coffee, health products, and crafts. Different musical acts perform each weekend, and special events are even celebrated, like National Aboriginal Awareness Month this past June.
What’s for lunch: Chezvous Dining does killer grilled egg-and-cheese sandwiches, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens is always selling organic fries, and the Waffle Bar constantly draws a line up. For something more refined, take a seat on the patio at Café Belong, enjoy a craft cocktail, some charcuterie, and excellent people watching.
Open year-round. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave.
Junction Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Honey from Bees Universe, produce from Bizjak Farms, Country Meadows, City Seed Farms, McVean Farms, North Gate Organics, Pyramid Farm and Ferments, and deli meats from Hogtown Charcuterie.
What’s for lunch: El Perro Heffe serves up Mexico City–style street food using local and organic pork, chicken, and pasture-raised beef, hand-pressed white corn tortillas, and homemade marinades and salsas.
To Nov. 9. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Green P lot, 2960 Dundas St. W.
St. Lawrence Market North Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Every Saturday, dozens of local farmers and artisans set up shop at the St. Lawrence, selling organic produce, herbs, cheese, honey, meat (including grass-fed elk pepperettes, salami, and raw cuts), eggs, nuts, preserves, coffee, health products, mushrooms, and more.
What’s for lunch: You could grab some cheese (from Best Baa Farm, Monforte Dairy, or M-C Dairy) and some bread (from Grainfields or Ali’s Fresh Bread) to nibble on, or head to the south market where options include veal parm sandwiches, back-bacon sammies, and much more.
Open year-round. 5 a.m.–3 p.m. St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. E.
The Stop Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Upwards of 40 vendors show up to this weekend market, including Angelo’s Olive Oil, Bizjak Farms, Everdale Farm, Evelyn’s Crackers, Fifth Town Cheese, Honey Pie Herbals, Niagara Lavender, Nujima Living Food, St. John’s Bakery, Toorshi Pickles, Urban Harvest, and many more.
What’s for lunch: Fish Shack serves up sandwiches and fritters, The Canadian Pie Company has sweet and savoury pies, and Sugar Mammas fries up mini donuts for dessert.
Open year-round. 8 a.m.–noon. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.
Weston Village Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Eggs, butter, cheese, preserves, produce, maple syrup, deli meats, baked goods, coffee, flowers, and beauty products from Vos Eggs, Justin’s Produce, Thames River Melons, Sarete Farms, Dan Werner Farms, Feel the Bee, and more.
What’s for lunch: Beef dip sandwiches from Bae Ranch Meats, and back-bacon sandwiches from Grandpa Kens.
To Oct. 26. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Green P lot, 22 John St.
Withrow Park Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Produce from Feast of Fields, Fiddlehead Farm, Haystrom Farm, The Fresh Veggies, Kind Organics, and Potager DuKanada, meat and fish from Weber’s Natural Meats, Field Sparrow Farms, and Hooked Inc., baked goods from St. John’s Bakery, cheese from Monforte Dairy, and preserves from Manning Canning.
What’s for lunch: Tiffanday serves vegan samosas, kachori, roti wraps, and dhoklas, and Brussels Bistro has French pastries, pies, sandwiches, and soups.
To Oct. 26. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Withrow Park, 725 Logan Ave.
Liberty Village Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Organic meats, free-range eggs, cheese, berries, and prepared foods to bake at home (pies, lasagna, etc.) are all very popular at this market.
What’s for lunch: Maizal Quesadilla Café is on hand to make tamales, quesadillas, and tacos. When apples are in season, some farmers bring apple donuts and apple fritters.
To Oct. 27. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Green P lot off Hanna Avenue, near East Liberty Street.
Leslieville Farmers’ Market
What’s available: Meat, fish, and dairy from Cross Wind Farm, Erin Wood Farms, Green Gate Farms, Hooked Inc., and Monforte Dairy, fruit and veg from Bizjak Farms, Country Meadows Organics, Afri-can Foodbasket, and Kind Organics, honey from Bee’s Universe, jellies and compotes from Forbes Wild Foods, and tofu from Ying Ying Soy Food.
What’s for lunch: Pies from the Canadian Pie Company, pastries from Le Matin, waffles from Waffle Bar, Caribbean food from Mr. Spinners Functional Foods, and raw and vegan fare from Earth & City.
To Oct. 27. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Jonathan Ashbridge Park, Queen Street East, between Greenwood and Coxwell.