11 great farmers’ markets to hit on your way to the cottage

11 great farmers’ markets to hit on your way to the cottage

This 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


Fresh Ontario peaches in store now!

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Murphy’s Farm Market and Bakery

5141 Simcoe Rd. 10, RR2, Alliston, 705-435-2141, murphysfarmmarket.com
When to go: Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What to buy: Potatoes, carrots, beets, tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, plums. Also: butter tarts, house-made s’mores and cheddar cornbread whoopie pies.

OK Fridays at Burl’s Creek

180 Line 8 South, Oro-Medonte, burlscreek.com
When to go: Fridays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
What to buy: Local seasonal produce, baked goods, ready-to-eat meals (pulled pork, meatball sandwiches) and preserves.

Round the Bend Farm

16225 Jane St., Kettleby, 905-727-0023, roundthebendfarm.com
When to go: Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.
What to buy: Peaches, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, turkey products, eggs, honey, jam, freshly baked pies, ice cream. Bonus: goats.

Now THAT will make a nice meal!

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Gravenhurst Farmers’ Market

861 Bay St., Gravenhurst, gravenhurstfarmersmarket.com
When to go: Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What to buy: Zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, baked goods, honey, popsicles.

For the P.E.C.-bound


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Watson Farms

2287 Regional Rd. Highway 2, Bowmanville, 905-623-9109, watsonfarms.ca
When to go: Seven days a week.
What to buy: Corn, strawberries, raspberries, peas, beans, honey, eggs and baked goods.

The colours we eat in summer. #burnhamfamilyfarmmarket #localfood

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Burnham Family Farm Market

7760 County 2 R., Cobourg, 905-373-4578, burnhamfamilyfarmmarket.ca
When to go: Seven days a week until Dec. 23
What to buy: Corn, raspberries, strawberries, green and yellow beans, herbs, caramel corn, ice cream, chutney, pickled beans, salad dressing, salsa.

Wellington Farmers’ Market

243 Main St., Wellington, countymarkets.ca
When to go: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What to buy: Local produce, cheese, chutney, oysters and prepared food (pizza, jerk chicken, breakfast sandwiches and Jamie Kennedy’s famous frites).

For the Niagara-bound


Hamilton Farmers’ Market

35 York Blvd., Hamilton, hamiltonfarmersmarket.ca
When to go: Tuesday to Saturday.
What to buy: Seasonal produce, cheese, meat, eggs, baked goods and prepared food (banh mi, poke, pizza, ramen, pasta).

Peach Country Farm Market

4490 Victoria Ave., Vineland Station, 905-562-5602, peachcountryfarmmarket.com
When to go: Seven days a week until mid-October.
What to buy: Peaches, plums, baked goods, ice cream, (non-boozy) apple cider, preserves.

Blackberries just arrived! 🤘🏼#goodthingsgrowinontario #hildrethfarmmarket

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Hildreth Farm Market

5529 Greenlane, Beamsville, 905-563-4423, hildrethfarms.ca
When to go: Seven days a week.
What to buy: Peaches, blackberries, cremini mushrooms, sweet corn, plums.


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Gallagher’s Farm Market

348 Highway 20 West, RR3, Fenwick, 905-892-0698, gallaghersfarmmarket.com
When to go: Seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
What to buy: Sweet corn, strawberries, plums, peaches, pickling cucumbers, dill, garlic, beets.