These are the farmers' markets you can shop at in Toronto right now

Jun 17 2020, 11:45 am

Toronto farmers’ markets are treasures for city-dwellers that like to eat farm-to-table. But, of course, the launch of this year’s market season has looked very different from the rest.

As warm days settle into the regular weather pattern and fresh fruits and vegetables become more abundant, Toronto Public Health has released new guidelines for these markets to follow as they begin to reopen after a pause, caused by the pandemic.

From ordering products ahead of time to mandatory masks on-site, many changes — outlined here — will be impacting your weekly trips for local goods.

But despite the differences, the below markets have already returned to Toronto’s food-sphere.

Watch this space for updates as farmers’ markets continue to reopen across the city.

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market


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The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market’s webstore is officially live. Orders must be placed between Wednesday and Saturday night for products to be ready for weekly pickup on Tuesdays, from noon to 3 pm. Browse the website to select your goods in advance so that when you drop by, your pickup will be quick and easy.

When: Tuesdays from noon to 3 pm, by appointment
Where: House on Parliament – Patio, 454 Parliament Street

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Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market


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The Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market has been offering online ordering since shortly after the pandemic caused a city-wide shutdown. Orders placed online by midnight on Tuesday will be ready for pickup or delivery on Thursday afternoon, so long as you live within the market’s delivery zone, which spans from St. Clair West down to King West, and from Keele Street over to Avenue Road. Anyone interested in ordering delivery who lives outside this zone, or who has special requirements, can reach out to [email protected]

When: Thursdays, by appointment
Where:  Parish Hall of St. Anne’s Church — 270 Gladstone Avenue

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Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market


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This past Saturday, the giant market once again played host to local purveyors offering fruit, vegetables, preserves, and baked goods. But, it happened differently. Per the market’s new mode of operation, preorders can be placed online here. You can browse through the local vendors — favourites include ChocoSol Traders, Evelyn’s Crackers, Alchemy Pickle Company, and TC Tibetan Momo — and prepay for items that will be ready for your retrieval on Saturday. Walk-ins are also allowed, but you’re asked to make them snappy. The market has new guidelines for its customers, which you can review here.

When: Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm, or by appointment
Where: Evergreen Brick Works — 550 Bayview Avenue

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The Junction Farmers’ Market


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You can place orders in advance online for Saturday pickups in the Junction neighbourhood through this market’s webstore. The digital shop is open from 5 pm on Saturdays to 10 pm on Wednesdays, and at the end of your browse, you can select your pickup time. Once the weekend arrives, stop by the market at 2960 Dundas Street West during your timeslot and grab your goodies.

When: Saturdays, by appointment
Where: Junction Train Platform — 2960 Dundas Street West, Toronto

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Leslieville Farmers’ Market


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The Leslieville Farmers’ Market has offered one online-ordering-and-pickup opportunity so far this month, and they’re working on planning their next while they prep to set up shop at Jonathan Ashbridge Park again. Keep an eye on their Instagram and website to learn when the webstore will reopen for preorders, so you can get your goods in the east end.

When: TBA
Where: Jonathan Ashbridge Park — 20 Woodward Avenue

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St. Lawrence Market Farmers’ Market


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While the St. Lawrence Market continues to be open to the public, customers are being encouraged to shop via alternative methods in order to limit contact with others. As such, a huge selection of the Market’s merchants are offering adjusted modes of service, including home delivery, curbside collection, and in-store pick-up. You can refer to this list to find out which vendors are offering what, and trust that the content is being continually updated each day with the most up-to-date information available.

The Saturday Farmers Market outdoor area has been temporarily relocated onto the roadway of Market Street between The Esplanade and Wilton Street, allowing vendors more space for physical distancing.

When: Farmers’ Market open Saturdays from 5 am to 3 pm; The South Market (main Market at 91-95 Front Street East) open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays from 5 am to 4 pm
Where: Market Street between The Esplanade and Wilton Street; The St. Lawrence Market Lot, south of Front and Jarvis

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