The Best Farmers’ Markets in Toronto

Farmers’ markets in Toronto are a great way for spending some quality time in your beloved neighbourhood while catching up on your shopping. Not only you can buy seasonal fruit and vegetables, but you can also try freshly baked bread and pastry, locally-made cheeses, sustainably-raised meats that lived happy lives, juices, ciders, and so on.

These markets are also essential selling spots for vendors because direct sales provide a great recognition for their intensive efforts as they are challenged by the industrial food system. Markets contribute positively to community health and the local economy, and they help us better understand the diversity of ethical and ecological production practices.

It’s safe to say that there is something for everyone, whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, or you just want to grab a cup of coffee. And while shopping for these organic Ontario goods, you are spending the afternoon in good company, surrounded by great music. So if you are looking for family fun or just want to restock your pantry, this guide should help you decide which farmers’ market in Toronto to visit next!


Cabbagetown Farmers' Market

Market at Montgomery’s Inn

Trinity Bellwoods Market

East York Market

Davisville Village Market

Dufferin Grove Market

St. Lawrence Market

Market at Toronto Botanical Garden

Sorauren Market


Cabbagetown

ADDRESS Riverdale West Park, Toronto
OPENING HOURS May 23 to October 17 2017
Tuesdays from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market, first opened in 2001, continues to celebrate bond between its vibrant community and local, sustainable food. Supporting ecological food growing and production methods, this market emphasizes working with farmers from Southern Ontario to keep it as local as possible!

Read more about the Cabbagetown Farmers' Market here!

Montgomery’s Inn

ADDRESS 4709 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke
OPENING HOURS Indoor Winter Market: January 4 through late May 2017
Outdoor Summer Market: from May 24, 2017
Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
PHONE 416 394 8113
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Warm sweaters and warm community - that is the Winter Market at Montgomery’s Inn! Try organic produce directly from local farmers and food artisans; Cheese, fresh-baked bread from the Inn’s wood-fired oven, ready-to-eat meals or ethically raised meat, everything in one atmospheric Inn. Eat, enjoy the music, meet new people and don’t forget to have a tour of this place - it’s free during the market hours!

Read more about the Farmers' Market at Montgomery’s Inn here!

Trinity Bellwoods

ADDRESS Dundas & Shaw, north west end of the Trinity Bellwoods park, Toronto
OPENING HOURS May 9 to October 31, 2017
Tuesdays from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market is run by the generosity of community volunteers here in Toronto. Aiming to bring fresh, local, sustainably grown and organic produce to the local community, this modest size market's mandate is to educate the community in the food they eat, from how it's grown to how it's prepared. TBFM is focused only on slow food - herbs, berries, fruits, vegetables, bread, baked goods, or even edible flowers!

Read more about the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market here!

East York

ADDRESS East York Civic Centre at 850 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto
OPENING HOURS May 16 to October 31, 2017
Tuesdays from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
PHONE 416 429 9684
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First open in 2006, East York Farmers' Market is the perfect place to get fresh groceries. It's located at the East York Civic Centre at Coxwell and Mortimer. Every Tuesday you can buy fresh vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, cheese, fresh bread, honey, eggs and baked goods from thirteen vendors. And if you're just looking for a nice meal, East York will not disappoint you. You can find Domenic's Meats and Sunshine Shakes at the scene, if you get hungry.

Read more about the East York Farmers' Market here!

Davisville Village

ADDRESS 14 Acacia Road, Toronto
OPENING HOURS May 9 to October 3, 2017
Tuesdays from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PHONE 416 899 1990
EMAIL
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The Davisville Village Farmers' Market is a great place to meet after work for a picnic dinner in the summer time and enjoy some of the freshly prepared food, such as poutine, wraps or baked goods. It's truly a loved neighbourhood spot to catch up on your shopping and spend summer afternoons in good company, surrounded by great music and delicious food.

Read more about the Davisville Village Farmers' Market here!

Dufferin Grove

ADDRESS 875 Dufferin Street, Toronto
OPENING HOURS All year round
Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Having a farmers' market in a park is actually a great idea, it attracts people and it's a great way to meet the neighbours and talk about what's new in the neighbourhood. The integration of the market with the park is what makes it unique. While shopping for organic Ontario groceries, you're also surrounded by gardens, children's playgrounds, the basketball court and the skating rink. Talk about family fun for everyone!

Read more about the Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market here!

St. Lawrence Market

ADDRESS 93 Front Street East, Toronto
OPENING HOURS All year round
Tuesdays to Wednesdays from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Fridays from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturdays from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM
PHONE 416 392 7219
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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 became the center of the city's social life. Today, St. Lawrence Market is the biggest indoor market in Toronto, consisting three buildings and three different markets.

Read more about the St. Lawrence Market here!

Toronto Botanical Garden

ADDRESS 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
OPENING HOURS All year round
Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PHONE 416 397 1340
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The Toronto Botanical Garden is a four-acre sized sacred ground for all flora lovers, that consists of 17 unique gardens that differ in their size and themes. In the past it was called the Toronto Civic Garden Centre and was formally opened as a botanical garden in 2003. What is interesting is that the TBG is not funded by any official governmental institution, but solely from their own activities like fundraising, membership fees and donorship.

Read more about the Toronto Botanical Garden Farmers' Market here!

Sorauren Market

ADDRESS 50 Wabash Avenue, Toronto
OPENING HOURS Outdoor market from May to October
Indoor market during the winter
Mondays from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PHONE 416 533 6363
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The idea of organizing a market there came out of the heads of a small group of local food enthusiasts, who started the non-profit platform West End Food Co-op, which is committed to "bring more healthy and culturally appropriate food to the West End". Since 2008, the farmer’s market is held every Monday on the Town Square except winter months, when it’s moved to the field house.

Read more about the Sorauren Farmers' Market here!


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