Best Summer Farmers’ Markets In Toronto
Published: July 9, 2023
Ontario is home to some of Canada’s richest farmlands and lucky for us in Toronto, there are plenty of ways to enjoy some fresh local produce this summer, direct from the growers themselves. Each summer local farmers’ markets can be found across the city with their bounty of fresh strawberries, ripe tomatoes on the vine, sweet local corn, and other tasty locally-grown delights. Getting hungry? There are so many farmers’ markets across the city, you can practically visit one every day of the week!
As you’re out enjoying Toronto this summer, stop by one of these fantastic farmers’ markets and experience the community vibes while supporting local vendors and growers.
Sorauren Park Farmers Market
Don’t let Mondays get you down, head to the weekly Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market. A neighbourhood market for 15 years, this little park features freshly-picked produce like mushrooms, garlic, berries, salad green, cucumbers, and plenty more. You’ll also find sustainable and grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, and veal, as well as shellfish as well as preserves, maple syrup, jellies, jams, chutneys, wine, beer, and ciders. Be sure to come hungry for the prepared foods like fresh Tibetan momos, baked goods, popsicles, and other sweet and savoury snacks. The best part is this vibrant market is just blocks away from UP Express Bloor Station making it the perfect addition to a summer stroll through Roncesvalles Village.
The Sorauren Farmers’ Market operates Mondays through the fall from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., located in Sorauren Park.
Weston Village Farmers’ Market
Who says all the fun happens in downtown Toronto? The Weston Village Farmers’ Market has been showcasing local products for over 40 years in the Weston Village neighbourhood, just steps from UP Express Weston Station. In addition to handmade goods and farm fresh fruits and veggies, you’ll find some favourite neighbourhood flavours like samosas, callaloo and Caribbean spices, clothing, and accessories. The bike-friendly environment features live local musicians so grab a snack and enjoy your market experience. When you’ve had your market fill, there is plenty more to see and do in Weston Village – check out our neighbourhood guide for inspiration.
The Weston Village Farmers’ Market operates every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 28, located at Artscape Weston Common.
Underpass Park Market
Underpass Park Market may just be the coolest location for a farmers’ market in Toronto. With colourful artist murals serving as a lively backdrop at this exciting market in Toronto’s Corktown, you’ll find fruit, vegetables, baked goods, preserves and packed foods at this busy neighbourhood market. Be on the lookout for cute pups and live music at this pet-friendly outdoor space located within walking distance of the historic Distillery District.
The Underpass Park Market operates every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until mid-October at Underpass Park.
Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market
The Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market operates every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. until October 31 in the northwest corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park. The whole family can enjoy UP Express’ affordable fares – seniors and students discounted fares, and kids under 12 ride for free, always!
Located in one of downtown Toronto’s most popular parks, Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market is the place to pick up naturally-grown, organic certified produce. You won’t find crafts or services here, just fresh, local, and sustainable fruits and veggies that reflect Ontario’s growing seasons. It’s the perfect place for home cooks to stock up on fresh ingredients! While you’re here, experience a bit of Toronto history as you walk above a historic buried bridge.
Leslieville Farmers’ Market
Friends, neighbours, and families gather at the weekly Leslieville Farmers’ Market for a celebration of food and community. Here, you’ll find a diverse selection of fresh local produce and artisanal goods from small scale producers. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning on a visit to Toronto that’s fun for the whole family. Take advantage of UP Express’ discount family fares when travelling; Two adults and up to three children under age 19 can purchase one-way travel between UP Express Union Station and Pearson Airport for just $25.70. Plus, kids under 12 always ride for free!
The Leslieville Farmers’ Market operates Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Greenwood Park until October 29.
Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market
Spend a day exploring Toronto’s largest farmers’ market at Evergreen Brickworks. This expansive space connects locals and visitors to Ontario farmers and producers year-round, moving indoors during the winter months. Operating since 2007, over 60 farmers, chefs, vendors, and entrepreneurs set up shop on Saturdays offering baked good, dairy products, farm-fresh produce and flowers, homewares, crafts, meat, fish, and alcoholic beverages. There’s also a garden market here for green thumbs. Grab a snack or drink and spend some time on the winding ravine trails here for great views of the Don Valley and Toronto skyline -- be sure to plan a return visit in autumn for spectacular fall colours.
The Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market operates year-round on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Junction Farmers’ Market
Take an easy 20 minute walk from UP Express Bloor Station to the Junction Farmers’ Market. If you can’t make the day trip to Niagara Falls, be sure to pick up some tree-ripened fruit here along with artisanal cheese, cured meats, baked goods, and honey. Fun for the whole family, this market location also houses a children’s playground, splash pad and off-leash dog area.
The Junction Farmers’ Market operates at Baird Park on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 28.
Dufferin Grove Organic Market
The Dufferin Grove Organic Market operates Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Dufferin Grove Park.
Torontonians love their pizza so it’s no surprise the wood-fired pizza oven is a big hit at the Dufferin Grove Organic Market! Grab a pizza and check out the exceptional selection of local produce, meats, dairy, fair-trade and farm products. Connecting local growers to urban eaters for over 20 years, this market is a great spot to pick up picnic items and enjoy a relaxing day at the wading pool and firepit.
St. Lawrence Market Saturday Market
The historic St. Lawrence Market is a must-visit on any trip to Toronto, but the best time to visit is when the farmers’ market in the North Market Building is happening. A culinary destination and landmark since 1803, it’s a great place to pick up seasonal produce and have a bite to eat for lunch. If you’re travelling through Toronto’s Pearson Airport and have up to seven hours between flights, take advantage of the UP Express Long Layover return fare and travel between the airport and UP Express Union Station for $12.35. The journey takes just 25-minutes giving you lots of time to visit the St. Lawrence Market and more attractions in the heart of downtown Toronto.
The Farmers’ Market at St. Lawrence Market operates on Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Market Building year-round.
Cabbagetown Farmers Market
Located in the heart of Cabbagetown, this farmers’ market is a true destination. A one-of-a-kind location perched on the edge of Riverdale West Park with stunning views over the Don River, the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market focuses on sustainable food growing and production from Southern Ontario. Wagyu beef? You’ll find it here. Organic eggs? They’ve got those, too. Beets, eggplant, and mushrooms? All the makings of a perfect meal can be found here along with alcoholic cider, desserts, and plenty more. Be sure to make the most of your stop here and visit Toronto’s only urban working farm, the admission-free Riverdale Farm, the Regent Park Museum, and the historic tree-lined Toronto Necropolis cemetery.
The Cabbagetown Farmers Market operates Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the northeast corner of Riverdale Park until October 31.
Distillery District Summer Market
No visit to Toronto is complete without a visit to the historic Distillery District, located just a short TTC streetcar ride from UP Express Union Station. Every Saturday and Sunday, the outdoor market showcases local vendors offering up everything from fruits, vegetables, greens, and grains to indoor plants, fresh flowers, and seasonal local products. You’ll also find shops, restaurants, bakeries, breweries and distillers here, making the Distillery District a great way to spend an afternoon. No need to worry about bringing your market haul on board UP Express – with roomy luggage racks and overhead storage bins onboard, there’s lots of room for all your local purchases. Plus, enjoy free Wi-Fi so you can start searching for dinner recipes with your fresh ingredients.
The Distillery District Summer Market operates every Saturday and Sunday until September 1 in the Distillery District. Check out the fall farmers’ market on October 7 and 8, and the Winter Village market in mid-November to late December.
Afro Caribbean Farmers’ Market
The Afro-Caribbean Farmers’ Market offers not one but two farmers’ market experiences on Eglinton Avenue West from July through late September. Emphasizing the farm-to-table experience and supporting Black farmers and business owners, you’ll find vendors selling affordable, ethical, and locally-grown fruits and vegetables in heart of Toronto’s Little Jamaica neighbourhood. You’ll also find select imported seasonal foods from the Caribbean and Africa at the markets, located just one TTC bus ride from UP Express Weston Station.
The Afro-Caribbean Farmer’ Market operates from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on select Saturdays throughout the summer near historic Reggae Lane at 1531 Eglinton Avenue West. Visit the website for dates.