Top 5 City Farmers’ Markets

Shop the brimming stalls at these neighbourhood faves


 

Kitsilano Farmers Market, Vancouver

Each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this cheery, laid-back neighbourhood market is held in the parking lot of the local community centre (from May to October). Pick up fresh veggies, organic meat, craft beer, Saltspring Island cheese, Richmond mushrooms and tasty baked goods while your kids enjoy the playground nearby. 

Smorgasburg, New York City 

Held outside on the waterfront in Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridge Park every weekend between April and American Thanksgiving (it moves indoors during the cooler months), this market showcases up to 100 local vendors and lots of really innovative eats, including butternut squash biscuits at BeeHive Oven and hand-rolled bacon pretzels from Bronx Baking Co. (smorgasburg.com)

Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto  

It’s a bit of a hike getting to the market in this Don Valley “environmental community centre” that was once a brick-making factory, but it’s so worth it. The renovated industrial space, the fresh produce and artisanal products from more than 50 local farmers and producers, and the surrounding walking trails and children’s play area all make it feel like an oasis.

Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, Victoria 

We can’t imagine a better use for Victoria’s elegant old Hudson’s Bay building. Its main floor has been transformed into a marketplace featuring the best of local food, including plenty of great takeout—succulent roast pork sandwiches, fragrant curries, savoury tacos and the sweetest hand pies—as well as foodie souvenirs like Vancouver Island sea salt and Silk Road tea. A delicious addition to a seriously foodie town. 

Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Halifax 

As the longest continuously running market in North America, the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is a great place to visit both for its fun, lively atmosphere, and for its products. There are so many great local tastes under one roof, including the multi-award winning Dragon’s Breath blue cheese from That Dutchman’s Farm and artisan spirits from Ironworks Distillery.