There’s no shortage of great year-round and seasonal farmers’ markets from coast to coast. Here we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites and share our must-have item from each.
From its prime location on Halifax’s waterfront, this market is a can’t-miss when visiting the city. Find everything from Annapolis Valley wines to a variety of authentic, ethnic cuisine.
Must try: Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet is popular with the locals, and for good reason. The baked goodies are made by hand, using natural and local ingredients when possible and everything from the flaky butter tarts to the decadent brownies are delicious.
This popular market claims the title of Canada’s largest, year-round farmers’ market with hundreds of vendors each week. Find everything from arts and crafts to countless Ontario farm-fresh foods.
Must try: The apple fritters from the The Fritter Co. are pretty much famous around these parts, head towards the long line up in the food court to find them.
This busy market, in Calgary’s northwest, is on the grounds of the historic Symons Valley Ranch. Apart from a wide selection of local vendors, including Roaming Alberta Meats and Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, there’s also Symons Roadhouse restaurant that serves up weekend brunch.
Must try: The curry wurst from the Old Munich German Sausage House is worth the trip alone.
With nearly 150 vendors, this seasonal market, open until the last Saturday in October, offers lots of variety. Find work from local artisans like potters, woodworkers and jewelers and plenty of organic produce and homemade snacks and treats.
Must try: Pick up some goodies from Salt Spring Sea Salt, which makes a variety of delicious sea salts, most infused with spices and herbs. Or pick up a fruit wine vinegar made from locally-grown fruit from Salt Spring Artisan Vinegar.
Vendors from across Manitoba set up stalls at this popular downtown market that runs every Thursday through October. Find jams, spices, meats and lots of fresh, local produce.
Must try: Don’t miss the delicious pies in a jar (try the banana cream or butter tart) from Shut Ur Pie Hole.
Nova Scotia’s Best Wine Regions (and Where to Sip)
Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley is a bountiful area with around 15 wineries, including Luckett Vineyards and Domaine de Grand Pré. To the north, Malagash is home to Jost Vineyards, the longest-operating winery in Nova Scotia, and Fox Harb'r Resort, which boasts a new on-site vineyard.