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Winter farmers' markets across Canada
Find out where you can stock up on fresh, local produce, baked goods and artisanal treats despite the frosty weather
Manitoba: The Forks Farmers Market
The Forks isn’t just the name of the market, it’s a fantasitc tourist destination and the sort of place a person could lose themselves in for a fun-filled day—and visit to the market to stoke the old engines! Located on the banks of the Assiniboine River, there’s even a water taxi to get you there.
When: Winter hours are September 4 to June 30, open daily 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Forks on Waterfront Drive can be accessed from Pioneer or Water Avenue and through three entrances off Main Street, via the Fort Gibraltar Trail at the foot of the Bridge of The Old Forts on Main Street, through the underpass just south of Union Station, and through The Forks underpass at Main Street and York Avenue.
What’s in store: Located in two buildings, The Forks Market and Johnston Terminal, visit 75 shops and stalls offering everything from the freshest produce, meats and flowers, to homemade Ukrainian specialities, wine, aboriginal art or even crafts from around the world. They had us at ’75 shops’. Oh, and if you want to burn off those pierogies, rent a pair a skates from the Tower Atrium inside the market.
Ontario: St. Lawrence Market (Toronto)
OK, don’t hate Ontario because this province is spoiled, but it’s true, Ontario has more than its fair share of year-round markets. Do folks here just eat more? We prefer to believe it has more to do with population density.
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 5a.m. - 5p.m. (South Market and Farmers' Market)
Where: 92- 95 Front St, E., Toronto
What’s in store: The St. Lawrence Market is divided into the South and North Markets, with the North market being more of a true farmers’ market, only open one day a week. Here, you will find the freshest craft cheeses, bread, baked goods, meats and produce. And in the air, the sweet, irresistible aroma of artisanal sausage.
Ontario: Apple Tree Markets (Toronto)
This popular eco-foodie, fitness-buff stomping ground has just this year introduced bi-weekly indoor winter hours.
Where: North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave.,W., on the main level.
When: May 14th, 2013 - October 10th, 2013
What’s in store: Apple Tree Markets is a non-profit organisation dedicated to maintaining a farmers’ market for the community. But there’s so much more: cooking demonstrations, free music and fitness classes.
Ontario: Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market (Toronto)
This place is at the leading edge of what a healthy, vibrant, urban centre can, and should, look like: Foods from everywhere made with local ingredients by folks from all around the world who now call Toronto home.
Where: The Dufferin Grove Park skating rink house at 875 Dufferin St., is turned into an indoor market—how Canadian!—across from the Dufferin Mall.
When: Every Thursday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. all year ‘round.
What’s in store: This market is a true representation of the flavours found in this multicultural corner of Toronto. From roti to samosas and good, old-fashioned hot dogs. The park even has a community outdoor oven, so enjoy some piping hot, focaccia and cinnamon buns, pulled fresh from the oven. And hey, if you get too cold, cross the street and warm up at the Dufferin Mall.
Ontario: ByWard Market (Ottawa)
More that a market, this is Ottawa’s funkiest and most food-friendly neighbourhood.
Where: 298 Dalhousie St., within the four blocks between Rideau, Cumberland, Sussex and Cathcart.
When: Thanksgiving - December 31st, 2012, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
What’s in store: Established in 1826, this is the birth place of Ottawa. Established by Lt-Col. John By, it’s one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. Within the markets, visit 260 stands and over 500 business from local farmers to artisans, restaurants—some 24 hour!—and more.
Ontario: The Barrie Farmers’ Market (Barrie)
Established in 1846, this market sits in the heart of some of the best agricultural land in Ontario.
Where: At Barrie City Hall, at Collier and Mulcaster Streets.
When: Open every Saturday, year-round, from 8 a.m. until noon. Indoors November 2012 to April 2013.
What’s in store: Everything is available here! Braids of pungent garlic, handmade soap, one-of-a-kind, turned wooden bowls, artisanal breads, cheese and farm gate black Angus beef.