Tales from Niagara: it's farmers' market season

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Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 

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A guide to Niagara's farmers' markets

As Ontario's tender fruit capital, Niagara is a hot-spot for farmers’ markets. There's a market in nearly every municipality and no shortage of options to buy Greenbelt-grown food throughout the year.

Check out the list below for details on where you can find the freshest food each week.

St. Catharines Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 6:00 am to 2:00 pm

 

St. Catharines boasts the oldest farmers’ market in the region, dating back to the late 1800s. Located at King and James Streets, the market runs three days a week and has a wide selection of vendors offering products ranging from local MyPick fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats and cheeses, flowers, wine and other beverages, international foods, and artisanal craft producers.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Markets
Market at the Village
Saturdays, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Supper Market
Wednesdays, 4:30 pm to dusk

 

Niagara-on-the-Lake features two markets - the Saturday morning Market at the Village and the Wednesday evening Supper Market. Originating in 2007, the market has become a community hot spot supporting and celebrating local food.

With over 30 Niagara-based vendors, the markets have something for everyone.

Come out on Wednesday evenings for live music, food trucks, and local wine and beer!

Grimsby Farmers' Market
Thursdays, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

On Thursday afternoons through the summer, Main Street in Grimsby becomes the marketplace for local residents. With over 30 vendors, the Grimsby Farmers’ Market has a full selection of homegrown fruits, vegetables, preserves, baked goods, cheese, meat, flowers, plants and herbs, and more.

Pelham Farmers' Market
Thursdays, 4:30 pm to dusk

 

Head to Fonthill’s Town Square on Thursday evenings if you want to taste the Pelham’s best produce, fruit, meat, and baked goods.

Twenty Valley Farmers’ Market
Jordan Village
Wednesdays, 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Beamsville
Saturdays, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
(opens June 3rd)

Taking advantage of the multiple communities in the Town of Lincoln, the Twenty Valley Farmers’ Market is operating out of two locations to offer the best fresh food to all of Twenty Valley. The Jordan Village Farmers’ Market will be run on Wednesday afternoons in the parking lot between Main Street and 19th Street. The Beamsville market will be open on Saturday mornings and early afternoons, and can be found at the new Fleming Centre.

Brock University Farmers' Market
Fridays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
(opens June 5th)

Giving both university students and residents options for healthy local food, the market at Brock University offers fresh produce and lunch items, in addition to Brock Dining Services selling grilled meats, complimented with local wine and beer while musicians from Brock provide live music.

Welland Farmers' Market
Saturdays, 6:00 am to 12:00 pm

A year-round market dating back to 1907, the Welland Farmers’ Market is the largest market in Niagara with over 70 vendors during the peak season.

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CODY PYTLAK 
--Communications Assistant, Niagara Region

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