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Just nine years old, Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market is the largest one in the city, running year round. Get a fresh made crepe with maple syrup and try the mexican coffee, before taking the tour around the widest variety of fresh, local and seasonal food. Lamb sausages, maple syrup, wild mustard, great selection of cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes in all colours, handmade chocolates, organic wine – this place is a foodie heaven. Coming here is not simply produce shopping, it’s an experience. Take your time, talk to the vendors and you may learn a new recipe or two. Open on Saturdays from 9 to 1pm.
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The Stop’s Farmers’ Market is is open year-round every Saturday from 8AM – 12:30PM (open until 1PM in the summer) in the historic Artscape Wychwood Barns at St. Clair & Christie. Great selection of prepared food – Tibetan dumplings are our favorite, but we recommend the sushi and pretty much any of the baked goods sold there. Lots of veggie stalls, seasonal mushrooms, naturally raised game meat, natural soaps, naturally processed wool for knitting aficionados. It feels like a neighbourhood market and the people are really nice and friendly.
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One of the oldest and most charming buildings in the West End. Hidden at the intersection of Islington and Dundas it is easy to miss when driving by. Open year round on Wednesdays from 2 to 6pm. Winter Market is open indoors in the historic kitchen and tavern upstairs and the Community Room downstairs.
The most exciting at this market is the fresh baked bread from the Inn’s wood-fired oven. It doesn’t get more fresh than that! Good selection of local and organic produce, meat, cheese and pre-made meals and snacks. There are food tastings often, so make sure to come regularly. Tours of the Inn are free of charge during Market days. There are several beautiful parks nearby, so when the weather is nice, take a stroll and enjoy the greenery.
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Although it occupies a really small space in winter and early spring months, it offers amazing items, like organic Greek olive oil, tasty veggie rotis, vegan chocolate, mouth watering jams and preserves, freshly baked bread, vegan soup, great sauerkraut and german sausages and much more.
Open Thursdays from 3 to 7pm.
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No list is complete without it. The biggest market in Toronto, it features a weekend farmers market for local producers in the North Building (temporarily located on a parking lot south of Esplanade though!) and a week round market where you can buy fresh produce, meat, cheese, baked goods… there are wonderful breakfast/lunch options – from seafood, to bacon sandwiches. The farmer’s market is a true gem, with farmers from all over Southern Ontario – showcasing what real food tastes like.