Toronto’s Farmers’ Markets: St. Lawrence Market

In 1803, Lt. Governor Peter Hunter proclaimed the area north of Front, west of Jarvis, south of King and east of Church Street to be officially known as the Market Block. The original Market was called the Market Square and it was open on Saturdays. It became the center of the city's social life.

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Today, St. Lawrence Market is the biggest indoor market in Toronto. The complex consists of three buildings and three different markets - North/Farmer's Market open on Saturdays, South Market open Tuesday - Saturday, and Antiques Market open on Sundays.

In 2012, St. Lawrence Market was chosen as the best food market by National Geographic. Well deserved, we must say. And others agree as well.

I love going to the St Lawrence market. The south building has every category of food that you want to take home and prepare. Everything is so fresh and enticing to buy. The vendors are so helpful when you try to make a selection There are cheeses and grains that you can get in one place that you have never seen before. I really like the kitchen housewares store in the center of the market with so many useful gadgets to choose from, making life in the kitchen easier. 

says Diane Plant P

It is not about price when you shop here, it's about freshness and the wide variety of foods to choose from.

We're bringing you photos from the South and North Market. Enjoy and please, feel free to share your comments on this Toronto landmark.

South Market

The South Market building stands on three floors. The main and the lower level contain over 120 specialty vendors, selling fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, grains, baked goods and dairy products. Non-food items are also sold at the market.

This place is so amazing it's hard to describe. From the outside it looks like some unassuming building, but inside is a hustling, bustling market filled with all sorts of delicious food. Fish, meat, produce, artisan cheeses and pastries, coffees, you name it they're all here and in great quantities. Just walking around here is great to experience the sights and smells of all the different things that are offered. Great for locals and especially for tourists who want to see a market that is unmatched.

says Matt R.

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salmon filet
attentive service
choose your olive
wittewheen meat
window shopping
fruit stand
fruit on display
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North Market

The North Market is our favourite. Every Saturday it comes alive with fresh, Ontario grown fruits and vegetables, home-made pies and pastries, organic meat and other delicious goodies.

One of my favorite places in Toronto. Any excellent place to go to get your fresh produce, fish and baked goods early Saturday morning. I also love getting a crab cake sandwich for lunch in the seafood restaurant inside. A nice place to visit if you are in town.

Paula Furtado.

See for yourself!

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at the market
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potatoes for sale
rump roast for sale
organic oils
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Bea Labikova

Bea is a Toronto based musician, photographer, teacher and a multidisciplinary visual artist. Growing up surrounded by her father’s antique camera collection, Bea was naturally inclined towards photography since an early age. She loves taking portraits of unique faces and always tries to capture the colours of the world around us. Her main areas of interest are documentary, performance and travel photography.

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2 comments on “Toronto’s Farmers’ Markets: St. Lawrence Market

  1. I love that it is in the middle of concrete jungle and has such a rich history dating back to 1804.
    Now, what advantage do these places have to supermarkets, large grocery stores etc? Can they compete in terms of pricing, or additional services within the area? Nevertheless, I can imagine living nearby and eating fresh, home grown foods actually supporting this local culture. Where will you go next?

    1. Hi Mario,

      to me, the biggest difference, and the reason I’m more likely to buy something at a farmers’ market rather than at a grocery store, is that most of the time you get to meet the person who has grown the produce you’re buying.

      And that’s a big help, because if you have any questions about it, they’re the first to have answers.

      Cheers,
      Julie

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