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Toronto Farmers' Market Guide 2018

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Local Asparagus at Brickworks Market

It is farmers’ market season in Toronto and everywhere you look abandoned parking lots are being re-born one day a week into beautiful shopping meccas for the fresh and delicious. And as always, we have you covered when it comes to where you can find the freshest and most delicious goodies from within 100 kms of our glorious city! We are thrilled to release our 2018 guide to freshness, if you will. Our list of the hottest farmers’ markets in Toronto!

CENTRAL

Riverdale Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm
When it comes to locally-sourced, the Riverdale market is probably tops. Market management personally visits each farm to ensure the products are fresh and organic and nothing is being disguised as local. A rigorous process but the end result is great food in the centre of one of Toronto's prettiest neighborhoods.

MyMarket at Sick Kids Hospital – Tuesdays, 9am-2pm
Canada's first certified local farmers' market is back for a new season starting in June! MyMarket is focused on providing real farmers' selling what they grow, right here in the city. Check out their great weekly market at the Sick Kids Hospital and their neighborhood special events! Visit their markets and purchase the best in fresh products!

MyMarket Bloor Borden – Wednesdays, 3:00-7:00pm
Canada's first certified local farmers' market is back for a new season starting in June! MyMarket is focused on providing real farmers' selling what they grow right here in the city. Check out their great weekly market at the Bloor-Borden Parkade and their neighborhood special events!

City Hall Farmers’ Market at Nathan Phillips Square – Wednesdays, 8:00am-2:30pm
Fresh Wednesdays features free, live noon-hour concerts to complement shopping at Nathan Phillips Square's annual Farmers' Market. Savour your favorite fruits and vegetables at their peak of perfection while listening to the great Canadian music.

Metro Hall Farmers’ Market – Thursdays, 8:00am-2:00pm
A great local market held weekly at Toronto's Metro Hall in the King West neighborhood. Why do we love it? It is a quick walk from the financial district so you can pick up some freshness on your lunch break! Hoorah!

Brickworks Evergreen Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, 8:00am-1:00pm
This market offers a fabulous assortment of fruits, vegetables, wild fish, meat, cheese, milled flours, eggs and oils - all from local farmers. Evergreen is also growing its educational program offerings this year, including new shop and cook with the chefs programs and artist-led, hands-on children's programs.

St. Lawrence North Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, 5:00am-5:00pm
In 1803, Governor Peter Hunter issued a proclamation that the land bounded by Front, Jarvis, King and Church streets be officially designated the "Market Block." Every Saturday, the North market building is home to a variety of local farmers and food artisans providing the freshest produce, meats, and products from Ontario.

St. George Farmers’ Organic Market – Saturdays, 9:00am-3:00pm
Located at St. George the Martyr Anglican Church in Downtown Toronto, this market provides great locally sourced food along with some great locals. A small walk from the Art Gallery of Ontario means this market can be a great culture and culinary visit every Saturday!


The Evergreen Brickworks Market

EAST

East York Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays, 8:00am-2:00pm

A great place for the east end of Toronto to grab some wholesome, locally-sourced food. Held every Tuesday, this market is a favorite for locals and even a couple of the city's top chefs - try and guess who!

MyMarket East Lynn Park – Thursdays, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Canada's first certified local farmers' market is back for a new season starting in June! MyMarket is focused on providing real farmers' selling what they grow right here in the city. Check out their great weekly market at East Lynn Park and their neighborhood special events! This is a great way to spend an after work stroll on a Thursday night for those living in the East End of the city!

Birchcliff Village Farmers' Market - Fridays, 3:00pm-7:00pm
The Birch Cliff Village Farmers' Market takes place in a beautiful garden setting in the St. Nicholas Church gardens, located in Scarborough's Southwest Birch Cliff Village community. They bring fresh natural food, farmers, homegrown artisans & musicians together in a warm community setting.  Enjoy fresh, in-season produce picked daily from Ontario farms, organics, artisans, music, prepared fresh food, baked goods, holistics, and much more!

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm
The Withrow Park Farmers' Market is a community based initiative that arose out of citizen concern over the declining control over the food we eat. The majority of fruits and veggies stacked on grocery shelves at supermarkets travel thousands of kilometers - a process that hides the social and environmental links that bring food from the farm to the plate. Their mandate is to change this behavior! The market is held each week at Withrow Park, south of Danforth Avenue between Logan & Carlaw.

Guildwood Village Farmers' Market -Thursdays, 2:00pm-5:30pm
Markets By The Bluffs hosts two summer farmers’ markets that are truly community events with a homemade, handmade, earthmade mandate. Both markets feature the traditional market fare including farm fresh produce, fruit, meats, cheese, fresh baked bread, sweet and savoury baked goods, meals-to-go, honey, preserves, granola, soups and tantalizing treats. They also feature local artisans including, Métis art, jewelry, pottery and photography. Natural soaps, candles and more are all value added products that you’ll find at this local market.

WEST

Sorauren Farmers’ Market – Mondays, 3:00pm-7:00pm
The Market is a project of the West End Food Coop (WEFC), a multi-stakeholder co-operative committed to the development of community food culture in Toronto's West End. As part of their commitment to local food, preference is given to Greenbelt farmers, and they actively promote new farmers and small, local and sustainable producers. They offer a full selection of local, organic, and sustainable vegetables, fruits, natural meats, artisan cheeses, and flour/grain products with 15-20 vendors, more than half of which are from the Greenbelt and GTA foodshed.

Stonegate Farmers' Market - Tuesdays, 3:00pm-7:00pm
The Stonegate Farmers’ Market, was initially a market pilot project implemented by FoodShare, the Stonegate Community Health Centre, and the Stonegate Community Ecumenical Ministry. The goal of the market was to tackle food and nutrition issues in the Stonegate neighbourhood of Toronto. With the success of the pilot and farmers on board, the market became a fully operational farmers’ market in its second year. Today, the market is thriving every Tuesday from 4pm-7pm at St. James' Humber Bay Anglican Church. Look for a great selection of local produce, meats, cheeses, and artisan goods from within 100 kms of Toronto!

Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays, 3:00pm-7:00pm
This market offers fresh, local organic produce, as well as sustainable goods. The location for the market is Trinity Bellwoods Park's north end at Dundas Street West between Shaw/Crawford Streets. It is fully accessible by TTC, foot, or bicycle. Don't forget to bring your own re-useable shopping bags!

Montgomery's Inn Farmers' Market - Wednesdays, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Built in 1830, Montgomery's Inn was once part of a 400-acre farm that provided food for the Montgomery family, guests of the Inn, and for retail sale. Much of this land continued to be farmed by tenant farmers until the 1940s. Though the farm is long gone, the Inn has been restored as a museum. This year they are pleased to return to the Inn's agricultural roots by once again offering farm-fresh produce for sale at Montgomery's Inn Farmers' Market.

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market – Thursdays, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Held every Thursday, this organic market has a very loyal fan-base in Toronto's West end. Located within the Dufferin Grove Park rink house (875 Dufferin, S of Bloor), across from the Dufferin Mall. The rink house is in the northwest corner of the park, just off Dufferin. The closest subway stop is Dufferin Station (one block north). The Dufferin buses, both northbound and southbound, stop every three minutes right outside the rink house.

Sherway Gardens Farmers’ Market – Fridays, 8:00am-2:00pm
Fresh Ontario produce only five short steps away from Holt Renfrew? Yes, it is true! The Sherway Gardens market has been a local favorite for many years offering locally-produced pies and farm-fresh vegetables to go great with those new shoes or that great pair of designer jeans.

High Park Organic Farmers’ Market – Fridays & Saturdays, Noon-7pm
A great little market in one of Toronto's most elaborate parks. Conveniently located at the Grenadier restaurant. Why not pick up some items and enjoy a picnic next to Grenadier Pond?

Etobicoke Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, 8:00am-2:00pm
A tradition for many Etobicoke residents, this is a must see and attend market in the West end of Toronto. It is also home to some great artisan producers from Eastern Europe, reflective of the local communities of Toronto’s West End.

The Stop’s Green Barns Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, 9:00am-Noon
Produced by The Stop Community Food Centre, this market not only delivers great locally-sourced food but supports a worthy cause as well. Certainly worth a visit. And the Green Barns location is possibly the best venue in town!

MyMarket Liberty Village - Sundays, 9:00am-2:00pm
Canada's first certified local farmers' market is back for a new season starting in June! MyMarket is focused on providing real farmers' selling what they grow - right here in the city. Check out their great weekly market at Liberty Village and their neighborhood special events! Visit their markets and purchase the best in fresh products!


The Stop’s Green Barn Market

NORTH

North York Farmers’ Market – Thursdays, 8:00am-2:00pm
Where North York goes to find fresh local produce and baked goods. Held each week in Mel Lastman Square and a quick hop off the subway line!

AppleTree Market at North Toronto Memorial Centre - Thursdays 3:00pm-7:00pm
One of the city's newest markets at Eglinton Park. Vendors like Scotch Mountain Meats, St John’s Bakery, Riverside Foods and Kawartha Ecological Growers promote AppleTree's 'Eco-Market' concept to North Toronto.

The Fairview Mall Farmers' Market - Fridays, 10:00am-6:00pm
For those north of Don Mills looking for fresh and seasonal food, the parking lot at Fairview Mall is the place to go.  Get your errands done and head into the lot each week to pick up some veggies and fruits to go with that new handbag or pair of shoes!

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