No fruit or vegetable is fresher than buying it straight from the source. Live healthier and savor great artisanal food in Toronto by visiting the many farmers’ markets that offer organic and sustainably grown local products. Support small farmers and eat healthier by heading to four of the best farmer’s markets in the city:
- St. Lawrence Market Saturday
93 Front Street E, Toronto
Since the North Market was built in 1803 when the city was known as York, this historic landmark has stood the test of time and remains the city’s largest and longest-running farmers’ market.
Crowds flock as early as 7 a.m. every Saturday for a reason. It was named by National Geographic as the Best Food Market in the World in 2012.
Shop from more than 120 merchants. Pick up exotic meats like elk, ostrich, emu, and goat. Get a week’s supply of organic produce, freshly roasted nuts, artisanal honey, and other locally sourced and seasonal food.
On Sundays, the market is transformed into an antique market selling one-of-a-kind treasures like antiquarian books, vintage jewelry, and other retro trinkets.
- Leslieville Farmers Market
20 Woodward Avenue, Toronto
Located in Jonathan Ashbridge Park, this farmers’ market showcases the products of small farmers. Buy ethically raised meat, wild fish, wine, and other sustainably grown products. To add to the sense of community, neighborhood shops like Hooked and Merchants of Green Coffee also set up stands. After you shop and eat, sit on the park grass and enjoy the live music. There are also activities for kids, making this great destination for the entire family.
- Evergreen Brickworks
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
This is one of Toronto’s most popular foodie destinations. Buyers will be delighted by the extras the market offers – including coffee, skincare products, and handcrafted woodwork. The center itself has been operating for 100 years, first as a quarry-and-brick making factory and today as a public space where people can learn about running a small business as well as issues related to sustainability and the environment. The 16.5-hectare park area offers trails through the Don Valley, ravines, forests, meadows, and exposed slopes that were first formed 185,000 years ago.
- The Stop’s Farmers’ Market at Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street, Toronto
Beginning as a Toronto Transit Commission maintenance barn, Artscape Wychwood Barns has become a community center focused on the arts, culture, and environmental concerns. Every Saturday morning, Artscape Wychwood Barns holds the Stop’s Farmers’ Market, which attracts over 1,500 shoppers. More than just a market, the weekly event is an opportunity for members of the community to socialize on a regular basis.
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