Get it market fresh
Get it market fresh
It used to be that farm fresh meant you had to be on the farm to enjoy it, but not today. The ancient practice of market day in the town square has come full circle, with area farmers’ markets more popular than ever.
You can’t get produce much fresher than at your local farmers’ market, plus there’s something to be said for knowing where your food comes from and how it was grown – and for buying local. Throw some fabulous arts and crafts into the mix and visiting your seasonal market makes for a rewarding weekly outing.
Market season is almost upon us, so here are ten farmers’ markets in the Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Etobicoke and naturally I must include the infamous St. Lawrence Market!
Port Credit Farmers Market
Touted as the best place in Port Credit to buy fresh local produce straight from the grower, the Port Credit market also offers honey, pastries, bread, maple syrup, sauces, gourmet donuts and more. And there is live music, demonstrations and a new group of artisans each week, plus drop-in crafts for the kids.
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, from June to October
Where: Parking lot at the corner of Lakeshore Road East and Elmwood Avenue (2 blocks east of Hurontario Street)
Farmers’ Market of Eden
An organization focused on food and food access, this market partners with local farmers to provide them with another opportunity to sell directly to the Mississauga community, offering a variety of fruits, vegetables and honey.
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, from June 11 until Thanksgiving weekend
Where: Lisgar GO station (near Winston Churchill Boulevard and Argentia Road)
Mississauga Central Lions Club
This group offers not one, but two, market locations and days! Operated as fundraisers, the two markets offer a huge selection of produce, baked goods, dairy and honey products, plus preserves, meat, oil, vinegar, spices and more.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, from May 31 to Oct. 25
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square, in front of Mississauga City Hall, 300 City Centre Dr.
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, from June 4 to Oct. 29
Where: Parking lot of 3 Robert Speck Parkway
Etobicoke Civic Centre Farmers' Market
Specializing in fruits and vegetables, the Civic Centre market keeps a low profile, but has been around since 1992 and features about 20 vendors.
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, from June 3 to Oct. 28
Where: 399 The West Mall
The Sam Smith Park Farmers’ Market
This new market (it began in the fall of 2015) offers fruit and vegetables, baked and prepared foods, organic produce, arts and crafts, live music and kids’ activities in a park setting.
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, from June 17 through October
Sherway Farmers’ Market
Sherway offers Ontario-grown fruit and vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, fresh baked goods, honey, deli meats, lamb, cheese, locally grown mushrooms and more.
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, from June 2 to Oct. 27
Where: Parking lot of the Church on the Queensway, 1536 The Queensway
Oakville Farmers' Market
Shop for Ontario vegetables, fruits, baked goods, honey, cut flowers, VQA wines, maple syrup, peameal on a bun & more.
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from June 3 to Oct. 28
Burlington Farmers' Market
Enjoy fresh produce, local delicacies and tasty treats at Halton's local farmers' markets.
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m Wednesdays & Saturday and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 1 to Oct. 28
Where: Burlington Mall, Prospect Street and Regency Court south of Target, Burlington view map
St. Lawrence Market
OK, so it’s not near Mississauga, but it is the biggie as far as farmers’ markets go. Open year-round, there are more than 120 merchants offering just about anything you could want at this market, which has been around for more than 200 years.
When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Where: 92-95 Front St. E.