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Ottawa Farmers' Market Guide 2018

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It is hard to believe that Ottawa could get much better in the summer when it comes to markets.  After all, the city practically grew around the legendary By-ward Market just below capitol hill.  However, when the sun comes out, so too do the fresh farmers markets showcasing all that is fresh and wonderful in Canada’s Capital Region!  Here are just a few of the markets you need to see!



Ottawa ByWard Market – Daily, 6am-6pm

Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place. Within an area roughly four blocks square, you'll find museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair & aesthetics salons and more! Easily accessible on foot, by transit or by car, the ByWard Market offers a unique experience for all.

Ottawa Parkdale Market – Daily, 7am-6pm        

The Parkdale Market, originally in the village of Hintonburg, opened in 1924 in response to residents' demands for fresh produce - the Parkdale Market was just too far away!  Over 85 years later the Parkdale Market is a local treasure a community meeting place and one of few public markets in Canada serving shoppers 7 days a week for most of the year.

Ottawa Farmers' Market – Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays

The Ottawa Farmers' Market is a producer-based market started by a group of area farmers who saw the need to bring the residents of Ottawa fresh, premium quality fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, honey, as well as home baking, preserves, plants, flowers, high quality crafts and much, much more.  And the residents could not be happier at this very successful market on Bank Street.

Main Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, 9am-3pm

Eating right and supporting the local economy starts in your own backyard, and this market offers organic and fairly traded food, plants and artisanal goods to help you get started.   The organizers of this market believe there are environmental, social and economic benefits to purchasing local food.  Initiated as a Sustainable Living Ottawa East pilot project in 2007 the market has become a pillar in the Old Ottawa East Community and today, a gem of a market to visit.

Ottawa Organic Farmers' Market – Saturdays, 10am-2pm

The Ottawa Organic Farmers' Market is open all year round, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At the market, you will find a large variety of products and producers proud to be there to sell the fruits of their own work. You will also find people who want to take care of your body by giving you a lot of information on health and nutrition. If organic is part of your family buying strategy, this is a place worth checking out.


Cumberland Farmers' Market – Saturdays, 8am-1pm    

The Cumberland Farmers' Market features a variety of local area producers bringing you fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, specialty foods, homemade treats and a variety of artisan goods, on a weekly basis. The market is organized by the Cumberland Farmers’ Market Organizing Committee under the umbrella of the Cumberland Village Community Association (CVCA).

Vankleek Hill Farmers' Market – Saturdays, 9am-1pm  

A champion of wholesome locally-produced foods, arts & crafts, the Vankleek Hill Farmers' Market has been thriving in the community just east of Ottawa since 1997 and is one of the rare markets to stay open year-round. The market is held at the Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, located in the beautiful town of Vankleek Hill which is also known as "The gingerbread capital of Ontario."



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You forgot the Carp Farmer's Market in the West End. It's a great local market with a real agricultural flair...
Post Reply By Shawn in KANATA on 5/18/2018 9:36:37 AM

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