Any city that has a short growing season and gets snow in the winter understands that it’s important to maintain that local food connection in the coldest months. I always keep track of places that check off two things: a comfortable environment and local vendors. You’ll quickly learn about these small businesses that care about you and the quality of the product they’re providing you with.
Terra Winter Market (Milton Location)
12800 Britannia Rd, Hornby, ON L0P 1E0
Saturdays 10am - 3pm
January - March
A fully enclosed and heated greenhouse converted into a market space filled with plants, food vendors and (on Saturdays) the whole Milton community. The walls and ceiling are glass so the spaced is flooded with natural light.
They have vendors from all over Ontario, selling and sampling kombucha, meat, cheese, salad dressing, granola, bees wax products, soups, hot sauces, dips, spreads, mustards, butter tarts, etc. etc.
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
Saturdays 9am - 1pm
This collection of heritage buildings operated as an old brick factory and were restored and repurposed. The buildings have high ceilings and are all constructed of similar materials; sealed concrete floors, exposed steel and brick/stone walls. You’ll find yourself walking inside and out as you move through the buildings to get to different spaces of the market.
This complex consists of 6 event venues, shops, exhibits, a skating rink (in the winter), cafe and more. The event venue spaces are located in the Centre for Green Cities, which achieved a LEED Platinum certification. Brickworks has strict food and sustainability requirements, so the vendors are local and everything is seasonal to Ontario.
601 Christie Street, Toronto, ON
Saturdays 8am - 12:30pm
A former streetcar repair facility for the TCR (Toronto Civic Railway), this building is a representation of the classic revival industrial style of architecture in Toronto. The interior has sealed concrete floors, stone walls, and exposed steel joists with high ceilings and oversized doors that were originally designed to house the streetcars.
The Wychwood Barns complex achieved a LEED Gold certification in 2010. The space constantly hosts events, conferences, indoor and outdoor farmers'/art markets, studios, galleries, and work/living spaces for artists. The farmers' market is outdoors in the summer months, but moved indoors from November to May 24th (long weekend).
The space is packed with local artisans and farmers with strict criteria on what they are allowed to sell. It doesn’t get more homemade or homegrown than this.
St. Lawrence Temporary South Market
125 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3
Saturdays 5am - 3pm
This temporary one-storey prefabricated tent is the new St. Lawrence North farmers’ market. Open, airy, filled with vendors and a buzzing Saturday morning crowd.
In 2008, the City of Toronto made the decision to demolish and rebuild the North Market as a 4 storey multi-purpose facility. While the new North Market is being built, they opened a temporary market tent just south of the St. Lawrence Market South market. Love the produce specifically in this market. Everything is fresh and most of it is local Ontario.