Though many farmers' markets close up shop when the temperature begins to plummet, some stay open through the city's coldest season. Most of these are indoors so no need to worry if there's a snowfall.
Here's a round-up of farmers' markets open this winter in Toronto.
St. Lawrence Market (Saturdays 5 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
The St. Lawrence Market is revered for its selection cheese, meat, fish and poultry. If you want to exit your comfort zone, leave the the main building and head to the farmers' market, currently located just south of the main market while the north building (its previous home) undergoes renovations. You'll find lots to choose from, including heaps of fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and cheese from Monforte Dairy.
The Stop's Farmers' Market at Wychwood Barns (Saturdays 8 a.m. - 12 :30 p.m.)
Open every Saturday of the year, The Stop's Farmers' Market at Wychwood Barns has become a fixture in the lives of west side market enthusiasts. You'll find it filled with sustainable seasonal fare from local farmers and chefs creating dishes on the scene. The Stop's Market Cafe is also open every Saturday, serving up healthy soups, sandwiches and desserts.
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market (Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
At the Evergreen Brick Works you'll find a wide variety of farm fresh produce, bakery goods, dairy, meats, and craft items made by local artisans. Vendors include St. John's Bakery, Reimer Vineyards, and Secret Land Farm. There's also the local food court, where you can purchase freshly made eats by Clément's Crêpes, My Little Dumplings and Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, among others.
Sorauren Farmers' Market (Mondays 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. year round)
In the summer you'll find the Sorauren Farmers' Market outdoors but, unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and that includes 30-degree weather and sunshine. When the weather takes a dive, the market moves inside the Fieldhouse. Luckily, it still stocks all the vegetables, meat and dairy you'll need to make dinner without stopping at No Frills.
UTSC Farmers' Market (select Wednesdays)
The University of Toronto Scarborough hosts an indoor farmers' market. It's open select Wednesdays every winter month but December. Run by UTSC students and faculty members, the market offers everything from fresh vegetables to seasonal decor. If you're a student living on a diet of KD and pizza pops, a stop here could vastly improve your diet.
Montgomery's Inn Farmers Market (Wednesdays from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m)
If you're in the Etobicoke area, the Montgomery's Inn Farmers' Market is where to go for fresh food in the winter. Every Wednesday you'll find fresh-baked bread from the Inn's wood-fired oven, local organic produce, meat, cheese and grab-and-go meals.
Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market (Thursdays 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
The Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market pops up across the street from Dufferin Mall every Thursday, regardless of how nasty the weather gets. You'll find vendors like ChocoSol, Beretta's Meats, Earth & City and many more. With around 30 vendors to buy from, you'll have no problem stocking up on necessities.
Toronto Botanical Gardens Farmers' Market (Thursdays 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
During the winter, the farmers' market relocates from the TBG courtyard to the main entry hall. You'll find the space filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables, ready-to-eat items, free-range eggs, preserves and a bevy of other sweet and savoury eats.There are also a few skincare items, candles, and oils available for purchase.
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by Alice Prendergast via blogTO