10 great farmers’ markets to hit on your way to the cottage
This Labour Day weekend, you could stock up on cellophane-wrapped corn and California berries from your neighbourhood big box—or you can grab some local goods at one of these great farmers’ markets. No matter which way you’re heading, we have a pitstop for you.
For the Muskoka-bound
Murphy’s Farm Market and Bakery
When to go: Seven days a week.
What to buy: Potatoes, carrots, beets, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, nectarines. Also: butter tarts.
Canal Road Farmers’ Market
When to go: Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.
What to buy: Strawberries, rhubarb, peas, beans (green and yellow), new potatoes, pickling cucumbers.
OK Fridays at Burl’s Creek
When to go: Fridays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
What to buy: Local produce (cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions), ready-to-eat meals (pierogies), freshly baked bread, beef jerky, eggs, VQA wine, beer and cider.
Round the Bend Farm
When to go: Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday. (Also closed Labour Day Monday.)
What to buy: Peaches, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, turkey products, eggs, honey, jam, freshly baked pies, ice cream.
For the P.E.C.-bound
When to go: Seven days a week until Dec. 23.
What to buy: Corn, strawberries, apples, peas, beans, honey and baked goods.
Johnston’s Farm Market
When to go: Seven days a week until November.
What to buy: Tomatoes, potatoes, onions, sweet corn, squash, free-range eggs.
Burnham Family Farm Market
When to go: Seven days a week until Dec. 23
What to buy: Corn, zucchini, green onions, eggplant, leaf lettuce, yellow peppers, apples, herbs, caramel corn, ice cream, chutney, pickled beans, salad dressing, salsa.
For the Niagara-bound
Peach Country Farm Market
When to go: Seven days a week until mid-October.
What to buy: Peaches, plums, apples, freshly baked pie.
Hildreth Farm Market
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Gallagher’s Farm Market
Nothing better than #fresh and #local strawberries! One of the many reasons I love coming home to the beautiful Niagara region! Toronto strawberries just aren't the same! #strawberry #niagara #nutrition #absstartinthekitchen #localstrawberries #delicious #sweet #freshfruit #foodblog #niagarafoodies #health #gallaghersfarmmarket
When to go: Seven days a week until Dec. 31.
What to buy: Sweet corn, strawberries, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, lettuce, English cucumbers, apples, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, green onions, mushrooms.