Fall is in the air! This short season is best spent enjoying afternoons in the crisp air and indulging in your favourite comfort food in the evenings. When the weekend rolls around, it’s time to hit the road and visit your friendly neighbourhood farmers’ market to stock up on local handicrafts and fresh, hand-picked seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Our top road-trip destinations. Can you say yum?
Marché Jean-Talon — Montreal, Quebec
Located in the heart of Little Italy in Montreal, the Marché Jean-Talon has been a meeting place for local growers and producers since 1933. Enjoy meandering through this sprawling marketplace where local vendors show off the quality of this season’s harvest to their loyal customers. Homegrown goods may take front and centre, but the market is also known for its intoxicating smells and exotic flavour combinations. Discover unique finds that will transport your taste buds to the other side of the world.
Along Wilfred-Hamel boulevard in Quebec, stands the Grand Marché. A brand-new culinary destination that plays host to hundreds of local growers and producers. Come discover a little bit of everything, all under one roof! Butchers, cheesemakers, fishmongers and farmers welcome you with open arms and open hearts. Have time to stop and stay awhile? The Grand Marché offers an impressive calendar of events suitable for visitors of all ages.
Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market — Fredericton, New Brunswick
Recognized as one of Canada's top 10 community markets, the Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market in New Brunswick, is THE place to find fresh food, local handicrafts and great conversation. On Saturday’s, more than 250 vendors set up shop to sell seasonal vegetables, baked goods and dish up unique flavours inspired by the community’s vibrant cultural diversity. Some of the crowd-pleasing delights include Chinese steamed buns, samosas and falafels.
Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market — Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sip on a perfectly roasted coffee while checking out the extensive array of products that the passionate and enthusiastic vendors have on offer at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. Open during the week and on weekends, this establishment is the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America (1750) and has been a focal point on the Halifax harbourfront since 2010. The market offers an impressive selection of seafood products and in-season fruits and vegetables (organic to boot)! Don’t leave without trying some of the decadent baked goods or energy bites—they are sure to satisfy even the most relentless sweet tooth.
This organic farmers’ market in Ottawa is your one-stop-shop for all that is healthy and wholesome. Enjoy mingling and getting to know the passionate vendors and loyal customers as you browse their seasonal wares. The market offers an unmatched selection of locally grown organic vegetables, baked goods, meats and ready-to-eat meals. You can even snag some artisanal cooking oils and natural beauty products. Don’t miss out! The market is open every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM, 50 weeks of the year.
Open year-round, the St. Lawrence Farmers’ Market is nestled in the heart of Toronto’s “Old Town” and is made up of three historically significant buildings. The charming atmosphere and high-quality products are sure to keep you coming back for more. The South Market is home to an endless selection of restaurants and local handicrafts. But, if it’s freshly picked produce that you’re after, the North Market is open every Saturday so that you can get your fix of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats.