Foodie fanatics really appreciate the fresh taste of food that travels the short distance from market to fork. With such produce reaching abundant levels, it’s a good time to delve into the local farmer’s markets and other places where you might be able to unwind on a sunny patio with a beer or two.
- Newmarket Main Street Farmers’ Market
Starting the first weekend of May and rolling through the summer and part of autumn before ending the last weekend of October is the Newmarket Main Street Farmers Market. Featuring a wealth of vendors, entertainment and food, this farmers market is conveniently located at 350 Davis Drive. Open from 8 AM until 1 PM, this charming farmers’ market is reminiscent of the town’s early market years. In addition to live entertainment all season long and horse and wagon rides on the second and fourth Saturdays until September 30, visitors can enjoy a wealth of food items from vendors as varied as Garden Gate Perennial Farm, Ella’s Oven, Tweedy’s Jamaican Patties, You’re Beautiful and much more.
- Reesor’s Farm Market
Reesor’s Farm Market is a seasonal venture of Reesor’s Market & Bakery in Stouffiville. At their town market location at 10825 Ninth Line in Markham, visitors can enjoy produce that is local to the Ontario area, baked goods, artisanal cheeses and deli meats, entrees, soups and more. Open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM until 6:30 PM from June through October, Reesor’s Farm Market also carries their own frozen food line so you can take dinner home and enjoy their homemade chicken pies, soups, lasagna and beef pies when the mood strikes.
Their town market location at 5758 Main Street in Stouffville is open year round, six days a week. In addition to more than 60 types of freshly-baked muffins, cakes and cookies and 20 varieties of pies fresh out of the oven, Reesor’s Farm Market also offers a variety of gluten-free foods, fair trade organic coffee beans and freshly-brewed coffee.
- Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market
Located at 132 Robinson Street, the Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market runs from mid-May until the first Saturday in October from 8 AM until 1 PM. Browse through vendors carrying locally-grown produce and flowers, as well as locally-produced preserves, baked goods and more set against the backdrop of historic Main Street Markham. Fresh live talent in the form of new musicians and performers provide stimulating entertainment for the event.
- Bolton Farmers’ Market
Tucked away in the heart of the charming village of Bolton is the Bolton Farmers’ Market. Since 2009, the farmers’ market has focused its efforts on being a market for “first producers.” It gives residents and visitors of Caledon the opportunity to see and taste — first hand — where their locally produced food and products come from. Open Saturdays from June to October, the Bolton Farmers’ Market is accessible to scooters, walkers, bicyclists and strollers.
The York Durham Headwaters area is flush with places to purchase and enjoy locally-produced foods and goods. There’s no better way to spend time than visiting the unique offerings that can only be found in York Durham Headwaters.