Agri-tourism is a new and growing niche and farmers' markets in Canada are a fabulous way to experience what the country offers in terms of locally-raised and grown produce and products.
Stroll through Canada's farmers markets, sampling the produce of the season fresh from nearby farms.
Do note that some farmers markets are inside and open year-round, others are open May to October. Please check with the individual markets before you go.
Harrowsmith Country Life picks Eight Canadian Markets you Should Explore
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FARMERS MARKETS IN NEWFOUNDLAND
A family tradition for over 150 years, Lester's Farm near St John's is always fun and very popular.
FARMERS MARKETS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Here's a link to several farmers' markets in P.E.I.
FARMERS MARKETS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Fredericton’s Boyce Farmers’ Market has been listed as one of the top eight markets in Canada by Harrowsmith Magazine. www.boycefarmersmarket.com
Saint John City Market, a provincial historic site, is one of the oldest continuing markets in North America. Don’t forget to sample ‘dulse’ a local seaweed. It’s an acquired taste. www.sjcitymarket.com
Other markets are Dieppe Market in the city of Dieppe, Moncton Market in the city of Moncton and City Farmers Market in Bathurst.
FARMERS MARKETS IN NOVA SCOTIA
The Wolfville Farmers Market
Hubbards Barn Farmers Market
The Antigonish Farmers Market
North America’s oldest farmers market is Halifax Farmers Market
FARMERS MARKETS & AGRI TOURISM IN QUEBEC
From March to December, The Lower Laurentian region of Quebec (a 45 minute drive north of Montreal) is where you'll discover Pommes en Fete (Apple in Festival). Here you can wander among some 40 farms, orchards, vineyards and other businesses involved in agri-tourism. Pick-your-own-fruit options are also available. www.pommesenfete.com
FARMERS MARKETS & AGRI TOURISM IN ONTARIO
The largest and oldest farmers' market in Canada is St. Lawrence Market.
Markets and pick-your- own farmes in Prince Edward County. You'll find more agi-info on the Prince Edward County region in the Eat Locally Grown Guide
Port Hope Farmers' Market.
Cambridge Farmers' Market.
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FARMERS MARKETS & AGRI TOURISM IN MANITOBA
Le Marché Saint-Norbert Farmers Market
Exchange District Farmers' Market
Old Market Square, Downtown Winnipeg
Farmers' Market at Pineridge Hollow Tea Room and Gift Shoppe
Oakbank (on the outskirts of Winnipeg)
(Note: The Tea Room offers prairie cuisine reflecting the connection to surrounding farms and fields.)
FARMERS MARKETS IN SASKATCHEWAN
Regina Farmers' Market
Saskatoon Farmers' Market
FARMERS MARKETS IN ALBERTA
Open Saturday mornings between May and October, The Market at Red Deer boasts over 250 vendors
Calgary Farmer's Market
Read more about Calgary Farmer's Market
Old Strathcona Farmers' Market
St. Albert's Farmers' Market
FARMERS MARKETS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver has four main farmers' markets:
Granville Island Farmers Market
West End at Nelson Park (close to most downtown hotels)
Riley Park at Nat Bailey Stadium
East Vancouver at Trout Lake Community Centre (the largest of Vancouver's farmers' markets)
Penticton's Farmers' Market is one of the largest summer/fall markets in B.C.
For other farmers markets in B.C., you'll find a complete directory at
Raw Food Society of B.C.
Another good site to browse is
B.C. Association of Farmers Markets
Here's another great site for the foodie who is heading to B.C.
Harrowsmith Country Life picks "eight markets you should explore."
In random order:
Salt Spring Market, Salt Spring
Boyce Farmers' Market, Fredericton, N.B.
Saskatoon Farmers' Market, Saskatoon, S.K.
St. Jacob's Farmer's Market, St. Jacob's, ON.
Nanaimo Downtown Farmers Market, Nanaimo, B.C.
Simcoe Farmers' Market, Simcoe, ON.
Le Marche du Vieux-Port, Quebec City, PQ.
Riverdale Farmers' Market Toronto, ON.
Travel to Wellness adds these to the list:
St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, ON.
Calgary Farmers' Market, Calgary,AB.
Granville Island, Market, Granville Island,B.C.
Calgary Farmer's Market
The Calgary Farmer's Market is on the site of a former army barracks and, since local transportation isn't the best, you need a car to get there.
Housed in a very large open-beamed building that was once a military hangar, the market offers about 100 vendors and about 80 per cent have to "make it", "bake it" or "produce it." Three of the gem vendors are A Ladybug Bakery (their lemon tarts are famous), Simple Simon Pies (15 kinds of meat pies and 11 differnt fruit pies) and Jamming It (locally made jams and jellies). The open food court is a great place for lunch. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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