Take the Kids to a Farmer's Market

Farmers markets are opening up all around the GTA allowing us to enjoy the bounty of fresh spring products.

Milton Farmers' Market

Farmers markets are opening up all around the GTA allowing us to enjoy the bounty of fresh spring products. A market is a great place filled with colorful fruits and vegetables, beautiful flowers and much more. Let your child freely explore the delicious world of garden-fresh produce. Many of the farmers markets also provide fun family friendly activities and special events to enjoy as well.

Here's where to go...

Toronto Markets

AppleTree Farmers' Market
4 locations: Davisville, Ryerson, Uptown (Community Centre, North Toronto Park), and Leaside
Open: Various dates and times. See website.
AppleTree Markets Group is a registered non-profit organization that builds community in midtown Toronto. Through support of rural farmers, local producers, and artisans, AppleTree is committed to promoting the fresh food movement in a fast-paced city. 4 locations. More info

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market
875 Dufferin St., Toronto. Dufferin Grove Park, one block south of Bloor, across from Dufferin Mall
Open: Thursdays, year-round - 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
A year-round, community based organic farmers' market with a broad selection of organic produce, pastured meats, eggs, sheep dairy, wild foods, onsite wood-fired oven breads, gluten-free baking, honey, maple syrup, preserves, seeds and seedlings, wild-caught fish, and delicious prepared foods to eat on the spot or take home. The market is inside the park buildings in Winter and outdoors Spring through Fall. Dufferin Grove Market has a new website! More info

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
416-596-1495 x336
Open: May 7 to November 5 (Saturdays) - June 5 to November 6 (Sundays)
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Running year-round, they offer the widest variety of local and seasonal food in the city. More info

Junction Farmers' Market
2960 Dundas Street West, Train Platform on Dundas Street West in the Junction
Open: Saturdays, May 28 to November 5 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Junction Farmers Market provides local, sustainably produced fresh foods in ways that build community, support local food growers and producers, and promote access to healthy food for all. More info

The Leslieville Farmers' Market
Jonathan Ashbridge Park at Queen St. East and Greenwood, in the East end of Toronto
Open: Sundays, May 22 to October 30 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
A seasonal market that provides access to local, fresh food. More info

TBG Organic Farmers’ Market 
Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
Open: Year-round, Thursdays - 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Choose the freshest, healthiest foods, meet organic vendors and enjoy farm tales, cooking tips and snacks or supper in a beautiful setting. Free parking is available on site. More info

Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market
1053 Dundas St. West, Toronto
Open: Tuesdays, May 3  to November 1 - 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The market supports and promotes local, organic, and sustainable agriculture, and educates the community in the foods they eat, the source in which it comes, and how it is grown and/or prepared. The market began as an initiative of the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park. Rain or shine. More info

St. Lawrence Farmers' Market
92 Front Street East (at Jarvis Street), downtown Toronto
Open: Saturdays, year-round - 5:00 am to 3:00 pm
Throughout the year, Ontario growers and producers bring their seasonal produce to the Saturday Market, just as they have been for over 200 years. Eat, shop, and savour the best foods, served up by over 120 merchants and farmers. More info

Wychwood Barns Market
601 Christie St., Toronto
416-651-7867 ext. 24
Open: Year-round from 8am to 12:30pm
The Stop’s Farmers’ Market is open year-round every Saturday from 8am – 12:30pm (open until 1:00pm in the summer) in the historic Artscape Wychwood Barns at St. Clair & Christie. Featuring local, sustainable, organic, and artisanal products, and great music, the market has become a neighbourhood meeting place. More info

GTA Markets

Aurora Farmers' Market
Wells Street and Town Park in Aurora
Open: Saturdays, starting May 7 - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Visit over 30 vendors and local farmers who sell produce, hot on-the-go foods, preserves, plants, jewelry, art, and more! There will be 8 special events with band-shell entertainment and free crafts for kids. Products available include in-season fruit and vegetables and garden plants, plus honey, preserves, and baked goods. Speciality items include candles, soaps, organic coffee, and original art. More info

Brampton Farmers’ Market
Main St. and Queen St., downtown Brampton 
Open: Saturday, June 18 to October 8, 2016, 7 am - 1 pm
Main Street, between Theatre Lane and John Street, is turned into a vibrant outdoor festival marketplace. Visitors gather to buy the freshest local Ontario produce, preserves, and baked goods from more than 40 vendors. Enjoy live entertainment and "Art in the Open" in Garden Square, beside the market. More info

Milton Farmers' Market
Downtown Milton on Main St.
Open: Saturdays, May to October
Nestled at the foot of the scenic Niagara Escarpment, the Milton Farmers’ Market has been bringing farm-fresh goodness and old-fashioned hospitality to Main Street, in downtown Milton, since 1972. Farmers proudly display "picked fresh this morning" produce and the streets come alive with artisans and flower vendors. Over 40 vendors. More info

Newmarket Farmers' Market
Newmarket River Walk Commons
Open: Saturdays, May to October - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm  
Every Saturday morning from the first weekend in May to the last weekend in October, a band of farmers, vendors, and volunteers create a hive of activity reminiscent of the town’s early years as a new market. A place to buy farm fresh produce, home-made baking, hand-made crafts, and a great place to meet up with friends over breakfast or lunch. More info

Oakville Farmers' Markets  
740 Leighland Ave, at Trafalgar Rd, Oakville
Open: Saturdays, June 4 to October 29 - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Oakville Place Thursday Farmers’ Markets is open every Thursday and Saturday from June 13 through October 10 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, rain or shine. Vendors set-up in the southeast parking area at Oakville Place Shopping Centre. Oakville Place Farmers’ Markets is famous for its consistently high quality Ontario-grown produce and Ontario-produced food products. More info

Sherway Farmers’ Market
Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall, Toronto (far northeast parking lot)
Open: Fridays, May 6 to October 28 - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Shop local at Sherway Farmers’ Market and discover a tradition that has been in operation for over 20 years! Find fresh, seasonal, and local produce and locally made food products from the market’s vendors at a great price at Sherway Farmers’ Market. Enjoy the ambiance of open-air shopping, the freshness and flavour of Ontario grown produce plus locally raised lamb and venison, sausage, peameal bacon, deli meats, Ontario cheese, honey, preserves, pies, breads, and much more! More info

The Village Market, Thornhill
Located inside the Toronto Waldorf School in Thornhill - 9100 Bathurst St.
Open: Saturdays, starting May 14 - 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Featuring organic farmers and organic food. With more than 25 vendors including six farmers, there is an unusually wide selection of organic foods, from fresh greens to root vegetables, apples, citrus fruits, milk, yogurt, beef, chicken, and salami. There is also a food-court style cafe with offerings from a number of different vendors of ready to eat food. Live music is another frequent attraction at the Village Market. More info

Whitby Farmers' Market
One block South of the 4 corners in Whitby in the front parking lot of the Old Fire Hall
Open: Wednesdays, May 18 to October - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
A small market running about 12 to 15 vendors on a regular basis. Locally grown produce and baked goods as well as treasures created by local artisans. Bedding plants and hanging baskets, in season vegetables and vegetable plant seedlings, yummy home baking and preserves, honey and maple syrup, crafts, and homemade jewelry. Weather permitting. More info

NOTE: Dates and times subject to change. Always call ahead or visit websites before heading out.

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