The best of summer at local Farmers’ Markets

Summer may be over but the best of summer is now at our local farmers’ markets.

You’ve no doubt seen those signs and bumper stickers that say, “If you ate today, thank a farmer.” So now you can really thank a farmer for the food you are enjoying by visiting a local farmers’ market. 

This is the best time of year to shop at the markets! Everything from apples to zucchini is in abundance, and you are getting the freshest produce available. Some markets carry not only locally produce but bring in the best from other parts of the province like the Holland Marsh and the Niagara region, so you really have a lot of juicy choices.

In addition to the freshest fruits and vegetables, and other foods like jams, jellies, pickles, maple syrup, and baked goods, you will find a variety of other locally produced items including jewellery, clothing, woodworking, and other artistic creations. Some markets even have local musicians on hand to entertain you. 

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Of course shopping locally is always important, and there are so many good reasons to do so. I’ve talked about that here before. Soon, it will be time to think about our holiday shopping, and we need to avoid those mega-sales in the mega-malls and stores. It’s so important to shop locally, especially during the holidays and the quieter winter months.  Some farmers’ markets have an Indoor Market on special days, or all year round. Check the markets in your community, so that you can continue to support our farmers and local producers for all of their hard work, and thank them.

There are a number of markets in this area, and you’ll find them almost any day of the week. So far, I haven’t found a market that operates on Mondays, but if you know of one, please let me know. Be sure to check out your municipality for your local markets, and if you’re out on a road trip and happen to see a market—stop in! I haven’t been able to get to all of these markets, so I’ve only shared a few photos here. 

Farmers’ markets are an important part of our communities and another great way to shop locally. There are only a few days left at the outdoor markets, so mark your calendars!

Here’s a list of the markets in this area. 

Napanee

Home Town Market

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Market Square, behind Town Hall

124 John Street, Napanee

Every second Saturday, May to October, 9 a.m. To 2 p.m.

Indoor Market, November 19, Strathcona Paper Centre

Kingston

Kingston Public Market

Springer Market Square (City Hall)

216 Ontario Street, Kingston

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (some may come earlier and stay later)

April to November

Memorial Centre Farmers Market

303 York Street

Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Outdoors May to October

Indoors November to May

CFB Kingston

11 Navy Way

Wednesdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Queen’s University

Stouffer Library, Union St./University Av

Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community Harvest

11 Weller Av

Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Westbrook Market

3526 Princess St

Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Odessa Farmers’ Market

Lions’ Club Fairgrounds (Hwy 2 and County Rd 6)

Fridays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Yarker Farmers Market

2 Mill St (across from Firehall)

1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Frontenac Farmers Market

Prince Charles Public School, 6875 Highway 38, Verona

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sharbot Lake Farmers Market

Public Beach

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bath Sunday Market

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Centennial Park

Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Belleville Farmers Market

Market Square, City Hall

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 7 a.m to 6 p.m.

Year round

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3 Responses to The best of summer at local Farmers’ Markets

  1. Buttons says:

    I love my Farmers Market shopping trips. With the drought of this year you should really thank these farmers in our area for all the extra work that went into growing the produce they have on their tables. Ask them they will tell you. Great article Christine and thank you for the shopping market list. Some of them I did not know. There are great things for all seasons at the markets.Local shopping helps us all. G

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  2. You are so right, B, that we owe our farmers an extra dose of gratitude for this year’s crops. It’s been such a challenging growing season. It might seem early, but doing some holiday shopping at the markets–even ones that close up in October–is a great idea. There are some unique things that will make great gifts!

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  3. Christine: I am so with you in supporting local vendors; whether it is food or artistic creations. Lately I have found that when buying gifts for friends that most of them have too much ‘stuff’ in their lives and I turn to the market and buy consumables like honey, maple syrup, jams etc These gifts are always appreciated.

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