For many city dwellers the best way to access fresh local food is at one of the many Farmer’s Markets held each summer, with some held throughout the year. My personal favourite market in Toronto can be found at Artscape Wychwood Barns at 601 Christie St on Saturdays from 8AM to 12:30PM year round (10 minute walk from St. Clair West subway station). The Stop’s Farmers’ Market focuses on local, sustainable, organic, and artisanal products including flowers, meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, pastas, honey, eggs, and bread. There is also an Ontario wine vendor each week so you have basically everything you need to prepare a meal! If you’d rather someone else do the cooking, there are lots of vendors selling freshly made dishes right in the market. Try a homemade strawberry-rhubarb pie, Tibetan momos, freshly fried mini donuts, a breakfast sandwich, waffles, an array of breakfast pasties, smoothies, fresh coffee or gelato all on site. If you need a bike tune-up, you can get that done while you shop! With a playground right around the corner, a visit to the Wychood Barns makes for a great Saturday morning out for adults and kids, tourists and locals, alike.
Check out a full list of Toronto Farmer’s Markets to find the one that’s closest to you.