The summer months means fresh local produce, so farmers’ markets are a must. Toronto is abundant in markets, with some being year-round and others only offered in the summer months. Lucky for us, there are enough markets to have one for every day of the week.
Thanks to their commitment to using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, Brickworks Ciderhouse has quickly become Ontario’s most popular craft cidery. Using only apples found within a 300km radius of Toronto and innovating the market with unique craft cider styles, their cidermakers celebrate Ontario ingredients, just like those found in your local farmer’s market, in every can.
If shopping makes you hungry, you can also check out their restaurant located in the heart of Leslieville, Toronto. This Urban Cidery proudly offers seasonal menus designed to celebrate local farmers, pairing their fresh products with a unique, in-house cider selection.
Sorauren Farmers’ Market
When: 3 p.m. — 7 p.m. | Year-round
Location: 50 Wabash Ave
Hosted by Parkdale’s West End Food Coop, this farmers’ market unites the food lovers of Parkdale and High Park for one fresh afternoon each week.
SickKids Farmers’ Market
When: 8 a.m. — 2 p.m. | May 3 — October
Location: 555 University Ave
This farmers’ market takes place in the driveway of 555 University Ave. Stop by each week to support the great people at SickKids and also stock up on some fresh produce, honey, and other agricultural goods.
East York Farmers’ Market
When: 8 a.m. — 2 p.m. | May 15 — October 30
Location: East York Civic Centre
If you work in the east end, stop by the East York Civic Centre for a fresh and healthy lunch every Tuesday. Produce, smoked meats, fresh baked goods, honey, and other farmers’ markets essentials are all available at this afternoon spot.
Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market
When: 3 p.m. — 7 p.m. | May 7 — October 29
Location: Trinity Bellwoods Park
The Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market aims to support locally grown and certified organic food. Many of this year’s vendors offer freshly cooked meals at their stands, so stop by for a fresh dinner on any Tuesday night.
Davisville Village Farmers’ Market
When: 3 p.m. — 7 p.m. | May 9 — October 3
Location: Rowlands Park
This Davisville market first began as a community project in the summer of 2011 and has now become a neighbourhood staple. Stop by Rowlands Park every Tuesday for fresh farmers’ goods.
John Street Farmers’ Market
When: 3:30 p.m. — 7 p.m. | June to October
Location: St. George-the-Martyr Anglican Church
This farmers’ market is nestled in St. George-the-Martyr Anglican Church’s beautiful garden in the heart of downtown Toronto. Local farmers’ goods, artisan crafts, and other merchants are available at this market, located between the AGO and Queen West.
Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market
When: 8 a.m. — 2 p.m. | May 29-October 16 (excluding June 21, 28, July 5)
Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Nathan Phillips Square is always alive and buzzing with markets throughout the summer. Pies, herbs, fruit, vegetables, honey, and cheeses are all available at this downtown market.
When: 7 p.m. — 10 p.m. | May to October
Location: 1725 Gerrard St E
This community-run market is located in Greenwood Park, offering a ton of opportunities to shop while enjoying all the park has to offer.
When: 3 p.m. — 7 p.m. | June 7 — October 18
Location: Lippincott Green P
Bloor-Borden’s farmers’ market is presented by MyMarket, an organization that hosts verified local farmers’ markets. Meet real local farmers and support homegrown food by checking out this market.
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | May 27-October 25
Location: Gould St
The Ryerson Market runs in partnership with Appletree Markets. Each Wednesday, vendors flood Gould Street for an afternoon of freshly cooked meals, local food, and other goodies.
Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market
When: 3 p.m. — 7 p.m. | Year-round
Location: Dufferin Grove Park Rink House
This farmers’ market offers a ton of options in terms of vendors, including fish, meat, ready-to-go food, fruits, vegetables, plants, seed, dairy, preserves and more.
North York Farmers’ Market
When: 8 a.m. — 2 p.m. | May 23 — Oct 31
Location: Mel Lastman Square
There’s no need to travel downtown to get fresh produce. This north end farmers’ market runs until fall and offers a variety of popular farmers’ market items.
Metro Hall Farmers’ Market
When: 8 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. | May 30 — Oct 17
Location: Metro Mall
This Metro Hall market is a west end gem. Stop by on your lunch hour for some live entertainment and a fresh meal.
Sherway Farmers’ Market
When: 8a.m. — 1:30 p.m. | June 7 — October
Location: 1536 The Queensway
The Sherway Farmers’ Market has switched locations. It now runs out of the parking lot of the Church on Queensway. This particular market is known for its deli meats, so break up the day on Friday with a fresh sandwich.
The Stop Farmers’ Market
When: 8 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. | Year-round
Location: 601 Christie St
This farmers’ market makes for a perfect morning outing, with its location being a historic Toronto site. Stop by St. Clair and Christie on a Saturday morning and see for yourself all that the Artscape Wychwood Barns has to offer.
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market
When: 8 a.m. — 1 p.m. | Year-round
Location: Evergreen Brick Works
One of the most popular farmers’ markets in the city, Evergreen has your back year-round. This market fills up quick and parking is limited, so be sure to get there bright and early and beat the crowd.
St. Lawrence Farmers’ Market
When: 5 a.m. — 5 p.m. | Year-round
Location: St. Lawrence Market
Another Toronto market staple, the St. Lawrence Farmers’ Market offers a variety of unique items, from fresh produce and other foods to homemade ready-to-go meals.
The Junction Farmers’ Market
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Spring to Fall
Location: 2960 Dundas St W
This year’s lineup at the Junction’s market boasts wine vendors as well as special pop-up vendors, so expect something different each time you visit.
Humber Bay Shores Farmers’ Market
When: 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. | May 25 — October
Location: 2195 Humber Bay Park W Trail
This farmers’ market is offered in conjunction with the Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association, bringing fresh local food to a condo-dense area of Toronto every Saturday.
Leslieville Farmers’ Market
When: 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. | May 12 — October 27
Location: 20 Woodward Ave
The Leslieville Farmers’ Market offers over two dozen vendors. Restock your fridge or grab a Sunday morning coffee at this quaint east end market.
Liberty Village Farmers’ Market
When: 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. | May — November
Location: Hanna St
The Liberty Village Farmers’ Market is another MyMarket event, meaning it’s a verified local farmers’ market. This market is small but full of character, and makes for an easy Sunday morning stroll in the west end.
Hungry yet? Brickworks invites you to check out Toronto’s only Urban Cidery, featuring seasonal menus designed to celebrate local farmers and producers. Whether you pair a tasting flight of ciders with the Perfect Cheese Board sourced from the Leslieville Cheese Market, or try their new Lemonade Cider Radler with Smoked Salmon and toast featuring Kristapsons’ smoked salmon, they have the perfect dish for your post-shopping adventures at any of the Farmer’s markets shown above!
Brickworks Ciderhouse keeps it local, sourcing ingredients from farms and orchards within 300km of Toronto's only urban cidery. Learn more about how Martha and Emily use techniques from craft brewing, wine-making, cocktail mixing, and baking, to create over 40 types of cider.
Posted by Indie88Toronto on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Feature photo courtesy Gemma Billings via Flickr.