Toronto Farmers’ Markets
Last updated: March 2013. The following page includes all the farmers’ markets in the Toronto area that are primarily organic. See the links at the bottom of this page for markets that are non-organic or beyond Toronto. See our Organic Delivery page for services that deliver local organic produce.
Buying locally grown food supports nearby farmers, and greatly reduces the energy and resources necessary to transport and store foods. See our environmental section for more on the benefits of eating local and organic.
Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market – O
875 Dufferin St., (South of Bloor across from the Dufferin Mall.), 416-392-0913, www.dufferinpark.ca/market/market.html
Thursday. 3pm-7pm, year round.
Join local farmers for an excellent selection of fresh, mostly local and organic vegetables, fruits, baked goods (including vegan pies, squares and cookies), grains, fair trade coffee and chocolate, and much more. Ying Yin’s Organic Gourmet Tofu have a booth giving samples and selling goods. In the warmer months Earth & City have a booth selling raw, vegan delights.
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market – O
550 Bayview Ave., 416-596-1495 www.ebw.evergreen.ca/farmers-market
Saturdays 8am to 1pm (9am in the winter)
“The Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market is more than a local food market. It is a celebration of the diverse communities working together to build a sustainable food system from the ground up. We promote organic and GMO-free foods, as well as markets where rural food producers and urban consumers both benefit from fair trade and a vibrant local food economy.” Free shuttle from Broadview Station.
The Stop’s Farmers’ Market / Wychwood Barns – O
76 Wychwood (South of St Clair at Christie), 416-651-7867, thestop.org/the-stop27s-farmers27-market
Saturday – 8 am-12pm (1pm in warmer months), year around
“Named Toronto’s best Farmers’ Market by NOW Magazine, amazes every week with its array of tasty, seasonal Ontario food. The market supports local agriculture by encouraging our farmers to grow as sustainably as possible, and many of our farms are certified organic”
St. Lawrence Farmers Market – o
92 Front St. E. (at Jarvis), 416-392-7219, www.stlawrencemarket.com
North Farmer’s Market: Saturday - 5am-3pm
South Market: Tuesday-Thursday – 8am/6pm Friday- 8am-7pm Saturday starting at 5 am-5pm, year around
The South Market contains over 50 specialty vendors, including Ying Ying Organic Gourmet Tofu and Cruda Cafe.
The North Market features a huge Farmers’ Market on Saturdays starting at 5am – a tradition begun on this site in 1803 and continuing today. Over 50 local farmers and producers bring their seasonal produce and other items to market in the city. Several stalls carry organic products.
Sorauren Farmers’ Market – O
South end of Sorauren Park at Sorauren and Wabash, south of Dundas, 416-533-6363, www.westendfood.coop
Monday from 3pm – 7pm
“Our mandate is to support and promote local and urban sustainable agriculture, and educate the community in the foods they eat. As part of our commitment to local food, preference is given to Greenbelt farmers, and we actively promote new farmers and small, local and sustainable producers. We offer a full selection of local, organic, and sustainable vegetables, fruits, artisan cheeses, and flour/grain products, and more – with 20 vendors, more than half of which from the Greenbelt and GTA foodshed. There is also a selection of prepared foods made locally with locally grown and processed ingredients. We encourage walking, cycling or TTC to get to the Market. Volunteers welcome.“
The Village Market – O
Toronto Waldorf School, 9100 Bathurst St., n. of Hwy 7, Thornhill, 416-875-4205, www.villagemarket.ca
Saturdays from 8:30 am-1:30pm, year around.
“We feature fresh organic produce all year round, with as much as possible locally grown. With more than 25 vendors including six farmers, we offer an unusually wide selection of organic foods, from fresh greens to root vegetables, apples, citrus and more.”
Appletree Markets – o
220 Davisville Ave., (Davisville and Mount Pleasant area), 416-899-1990, www.appletreemarkets.ca
Tuesdays. 3pm-7pm, mid-May – early Oct.
“Some of the best produce in town! Fresh fruits, veggies, organic artisan breads & cheeses, fresh fruit pies, cakes, pastries and tarts, delicious prepared foods and yummy fair trade chocolate! Our Eco-Market promotes local artists and designers who create beautiful things in a sustainable manner.”
Birchcliff Farmers Market – o
St. Nicholas Church Garden, 1512 Kingston Rd (near the Scarborough Bluffs), 416-686-6528, www.marketsbythebluffs.com
(Did not operate in the 2012 season.)
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, our beloved local market has disbanded for the time being and will not operate in the 2012 season.”
Jonathan Ashbridge Park Market
On Queen St E. between Greenwood & Coxwell
Sundays – 9am-2pm, late May to end of Oct.
2013 Season: May 26th to October 27th
MyMarket – certified local farmers’ markets – o
1-800-387-FARM (3276), www.my-market.ca
“MyMarket(s) are Canada’s first certified farmers’ markets featuring real farmers, selling only what they produce. We are committed to helping shoppers enjoy the benefits of eating local as well as supporting farmers from the Greenbelt, our protected countryside. 2012 will be their fifth year.”
Early June to end of October.
- SickKids Hospital – Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm
- Bloor • Borden (In Annex) – Wednesday from 3 to 7 pm
- East Lynn Park (near Danforth and Woodbine) – Thursday from 3 to 7 pm
- Liberty Village – Sunday from 9am to 2 pm
- Ryerson University – Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Riverdale Farm Farmers’ Market – O
201 Winchester St., 416-392-6794, www.riverdalefarm.ca
Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm, from May 22nd to October 30th, 2012.
“We are a neighbourhood market striving to be as organic as possible. You will find fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit brought to market by the farmers who grew them as well as delicious prepared food, bread and baked goods. We have vendors specializing in vegetarian and gluten-free products. Eating in season is important to us.”
Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market – O
241-257 Shaw St.
Tuesdays 3pm-7pm, May 19 to Oct 27, 2012, www.tbfm.ca
South side of Dundas between Crawford and Shaw. “OUR MANDATE is to support and promote local and urban sustainable agriculture. To educate the community in the foods they eat, the source from which it comes and how it is grown and/or prepared. To increase community access to healthy, local, organic and naturally grown produce. We support slow food – to gather regional foods, taking it home to cook and eat your meal at hearth and home with your loved ones. The limited prepared foods available are there to enhance the slow food.”
Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – O
Saturday 9am-1pm. May 23 to Oct 31, 2012, www.withrowpark.ca/wiki/wiki.php
North end of Withrow Park, south of Danforth, between Logan and Carlaw. “The market is a place where Ontario farmers using organic and ecological cultivation methods, as well as food entrepreneurs using sustainably and equitably produced ingredients (whenever possible), can directly connect with eaters.”~
Where to find more farmers’ markets:
• Toronto – Toronto Farmers’ Markets Network. Includes a map, tips on seasonal eating and a list of producers.
• Ontario – Farmers’ Markets Ontario lists all the local markets across the province.
• United States – Localharvest.org has a great zoomable, searchable map.