Food & Entertaining - In Season
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
Quebec: Atwater Market (Montreal)
This landmark and popular tourist destination is well loved and recognizable for its tall clock tower along the Lachine Canal.
Where: 138 Atwater, corner of Notre-Dame and Atwater.
When: Seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to various closing hours.
What’s in store: Inside you will find butchers and delis, cheese shops, fishmongers and a multitude of specialty shops and flowers, flowers everywhere!
Quebec: Marche du Vieux Port (Quebec City)
In the summer, the outdoor views are lovely. In winter, it’s all about what’s inside: 70 vendors showcasing 1,000 local products!
Where:160 Quai St-Andre
When: Seven days a week, from 9 a.m. with closing hours that vary.
What’s in store: With a heavy emphasis on the culinary traditons of Quebec, expect to see a lot of chefs creating delicious dishes from beautiful local
New Brunswick: Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market
Don’t dilly-dally if you’re going to check this market out—the operating hours are short!
Where: 665 George Street, Fredericton
When: Year ‘round, open every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What’s in store: We suspect that we’d have you at Belgian waffles, but there’s more. This is the hub of the community and the traditional Saturday gathering spot for fresh and healthy foods, crafts and conviviality. And it’s the place for seasonal products—fiddleheads and blueberries—as well as organics, meats and seafood, baked goods, cheeses and homemade preserves. Fun fact: the city has something of a samosas culture. Get ‘em while they're hot!
Nova Scotia: Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market
The bright, super modern building (check out the living wall!) belies the long history of this market, which was founded in 1750.
Where:1209 Marginal Road, Pier 20
When: November 2012 - June 2013, Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
What’s in store: Of course you’ll find the freshest seafood money can buy, local treasures, arts and crafts, but also a surprising collection of international flavours, from Afghanistan, Turkey and jolly old England.
PEI: Charlottetown Farmers’ Market
A Saturday ritual throughout the harsh PEI winter. Take in the warm atmosphere and meet local farmers, craft and food artisans.
Where: 100 Belvedere Ave., Charlottetown
When: Year ‘round, Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June through October, Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What’s in store: Locally grown, organic produce, fish, meats, baked goods, preserves, locally roasted organic coffee and specialty teas. The folks of this little island also have a taste for ethnic foods from around the world.
Newfoundland and Labrador
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