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Local markets open year-round

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Sure, the frost is coming soon. But some farmers’ markets are open year round!

Intern Sadie McInnes gives us an inside scoop on her favourites

 

Just because the Ryerson farmers’ market is closing for the winter month, doesn’t mean you should have to say goodbye to eating local, healthy foods.

An increasing number of Toronto farmers’ markets are heading indoors for the winter, meaning the community can by local year-round.

 

Apple Tree Market

North Toronto Memorial Community Centre.
200 Eglinton Ave, W.
Every other Thursdays 3-7 p.m.

Dufferin Grove  Organic Farmers’ Market
873 Dufferin St.
Dufferin Grove Park
Thursdays 3-7 p.m.

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market
550 Bayview Ave.
Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Montgomery’s Inn Farmers’ Market
4709 Dundas St., W.
Montgomery Rd., Etobicoke

St. Lawrence North Farmers’ Market
92 Front St.E at Jarvis
Saturdays 5 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market
40 Wasbash Ave., south of Dundas
Mondays 3-7 p.m.

The Stop’s Green Barn Farmers’ Market
601 Christie St., south of St. Clair
Saturdays 8 a.m.- Noon

 

 

 

When I was growing up, I often visited local farmers’ markets around the city with my mom.  Although the summer is a warm and bountiful time for market produce, I always looked forward to the winter months.

My favourite market, at Dufferin Grove, is equipped with a wood-fired oven. Their breads and cookies have always enticed me to tag along, especially in the dead of winter.

However, there are more markets to be found around the city that are just as exciting.

St. Lawrence North farmers’ market is one of Toronto’s oldest and perhaps one of the most well known. Its abundance of freshly prepared food lures people in from all corners of the city. As one of the most spacious Toronto markets, it should definitely be a place to check out during the winter months.

Montgomery’s Inn in Etobicoke has been added to the list only recently, as this will only be its second winter season.

Not only can you pick up some seasonal veggies, you can also catch up on some local history.

The recent addition of a wood-fired oven provides the market with homemade bread and cakes all year round.

 

Be sure to take an afternoon this winter to visit a winter market closest to you.

Prices are comparable to those at the supermarkets, so why not make some friends and support your community.

 

There are tons of things to try, places to explore, and people to meet.

 

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