To local-food movement is now thoroughly entrenched in our fair city, with professional and home chefs alike seeking out the best Ontario-grown ingredients. Farmers’ markets taking place throughout Toronto are, of course, a great place to pick up fresh produce. They also offer opportunities to take in some real neighbourhood flavour. Read on to discover our five favourites!
Evergreen Brick Works
A historic brickyard turned environmental centre, this unique attraction hosts a market year-round every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The venue is so committed to promoting green living that it chooses vendors who can make it to market while producing only a minimal carbon footprint. Elsewhere on the grounds, visitors can find everything form cooking demos and craft classes for kids to a full-service restaurant with cuisine by chef Brad Long. After you’ve picked up your produce, take some time to explore the lovingly restored grounds. 550 Bayview Ave.
St. Lawrence Market
The best-known market in the city takes place every Saturday; Ontario farmers proffer nature’s bounty in the admittedly non-descript north building of what is otherwise a landmark historic site. During the week, you can snap a lovely photo of the adjacent St. Lawrence Hall or check out the south market building, where more than 120 stalls sell just-butchered meats, fresh-baked bread, specialty cheeses, honey and much more. The second-floor Market Gallery even features art exhibitions detailing Toronto’s heritage. 92–95 Front St. E.
The Stop’s Farmers’ Market
The Stop is a charitable organization whose Saturday farmers’ market (8 a.m. to noon) supports local organic farms and encourages sustainable living in the city. Though it began humbly as a food bank, the organization now helps to promote healthy eating through community cooking classes, gardens and more. If your schedule permits, be sure to check out The Stop’s Art Market, too. It runs one Saturday each month—in conjunction with the farmer’s market—and showcases the work of local artists and craftspeople. (This month’s art market is on May 26.) Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.
Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market
Held in a beautiful park that anchors one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods is this feast of Ontario agriculture, open every Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Peruse the organic, seasonal produce, meats and dairy, then stroll the park’s tree-lined pathways toward the shops and cafés of Queen Street West. 155 Crawford St.
Withrow Park Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., this community-based initiative allows Ontario farmers and food entrepreneurs to bring local ingredients to the plates of Toronto’s east-enders. It stocks Ontario-grown fruits and veggies that are cultivated using organic and ecologically friendly methods. Visitors are encouraged to find an environmentally conscious way to the market by walking or biking. And make sure to bring your reusable bags! Just south of Danforth Avenue, between Logan and Carlaw avenues.