The Top 5 Farmers Markets in Toronto
No summer in Toronto is complete without a stop to the farmers markets. It’s the best way to check out some of the local vendors and grab some of Ontario’s freshest produce. We’ve chosen our favorites located across the city which run on different days of the week. Uber makes it easy for you to grab as many goods as you can and bring it home or hop from market to market. Try to get to the market as early as you can to get the best selection.
Located off of the Bayview extension at 550 Bayview Avenue, the redeveloped brickyard is now the site of Toronto’s largest farmers’ market, which runs year-round. Producers come from far and wide in Ontario, including Humble Bread and Vickie’s Veggies from Prince Edward County; Best Baa Dairy for delicious sheep milk cheeses and dairy from Fergus, Ontario; and Joyfully Organic from Ontario’s Greenbelt. Check out the food court adjacent to the market for breakfast, lunch, and coffee. This market is a wonderful way to mix and mingle with the farmers and get educated on Ontario’s sustainable produce and other products. The Brickworks is home to a number of marshes and trails that connect up to the Beltline, ideal for a morning wander. The full vendor listing is located here.
Located in the historic Wychwood Barns at 601 Christie Street (the former location of the TTC’s streetcar barns), this weekend market is one of the most colorful in the Six. Wander the different stalls around the barns featuring local, sustainable, organic, and artisanal farm and produce products. Some of our favorites include St. John’s Bakery, Toronto Bee Rescue farm, and Summersong flower farm. The Market Cafe is also open during the market hours and is a great pit-stop for lunch, located in the Green Barn (Barn 4). The kids will love the splash-pad in front of the barn doors to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Check out the full vendor list.
An initiative of the West End Food Co-op, the Sorauren Farmers’ Market at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse on Wabash Avenue is part of the larger mission of providing healthy and culturally appropriate food for all. This market has live music and a variety of vendors, including Momo’s for dumplings and noodles; Spade and Spoon for maple syrup; and Fish Shak for fish roti, veggie and fish fritters. This market also has a number of gluten-free vendors. The vendors change each week so check the website for the full vendor listing.
This smaller market for those in the Greektown and Riverdale neighborhoods (at the north end of Withrow Park) is a community effort to connect people to locally-grown food. This market is strict about its status as organic and sustainable status that it doesn’t allow any GMOs for sale or in its ingredients in prepared foods. You can talk to beekeeper Brian Hamlin; buy seedlings, raised beds installations and kits, and cut flowers from Backyard Urban Farm Co.; buy wine from many wineries based in Prince Edward County; and get your cheese fix from Monforte Dairy based in Stratford, Ontario. Don’t forget to pick up a strawberry rhubarb brioche from the Bus Kitchen; they sell early! The full list of vendors is listed here.
Tuesdays are a great day to explore the markets at one of Toronto’s best and largest parks, located on the northwest corner at Dundas Street West and Shaw. Peruse the goods and seedlings from various farmers, wineries, and orchards across Ontario and don’t forget to grab a bite from a wide variety of artisans. Some of our favorites include Island Oysters Shuck Bar, the Pop Stand, and Ali’s Fish Shack. The market also supports the leave a bag/take a bag program. See the full list of purveyors here.