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A delicious list of the best farmer's markets in Canada

The eating local trend has taken Canada by force, and we’ve got hundreds of farmers markets to prove it. Meet the growers and sample our best locally cultivated fruits and vegetables, plus artisanal products — honey, butter, cheese, jam, cider — on your next vacation. It’s a great way to sample the tastes and talents of a community.

Here, some of our best-loved farmers markets, from East to West:

Halifax Farmers’ Market, NS
The granddaddy of them all, this market’s been in place since 1750. Must-haves include a blue cheese called Dragon’s Breath and Acadian meat pies. Runs all year on Saturday mornings. halifaxfarmersmarket.com

Saint John City Market, NB
Look for the wrought-iron gate, listen for the market bell, then run for fresh fiddleheads or lobster. Open six days a week. tourismnewbrunswick.ca

Marché du Vieux-Port de Quebec, QC
This Québec City icon offers up tourtières (traditional Quebec meat pies) and great wine selections under the romantic shadows of 300-hundred-year-old buildings. marchevieuxport.com

Marché Val-David, QC
Held every Saturday from mid-June to October in the centre of this Laurentian town, this bustling market features over 60 local producers, including cheese-makers, bakeries, farms, coffee roasters, cider-producers, artisans and more. There are also cooking demonstrations and hot food vendors. dianeseguin.com

Goderich Farmers’ Market, ON
The market’s an easy walk to some of Canada’s best sunsets and located in the Courthouse Square of this unique, wheel-shaped town. farmersmarketsontario.com

St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, ON
This revered market in the centre of Toronto’s Old Town is home to the South Market, the permanent location of 50-some specialty vendors known for the variety and freshness of their produce, meats and fish, baked goods and unique non-food items; open daily. The North Market, site of the Saturday Farmers’ Market, is a tradition begun at this location in 1803. It’s still the place in the city to find incredible seasonal and locally grown produce, plus flowers, meats and dairy, and specialty food items. stlawrencemarket.com

St. Norbert’s Le Marché, MB
Never would have thunk it, but this market offers Asian specialties like bok choy and long beans. Plus with 150 vendors, there’s no shortage of choices. stnorbertfarmersmarket.ca

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market and Regina Farmers’ Market, SK
Go for northern pike, Angus beef and sour cherries in Saskatoon; try bannock (a traditional Aboriginal flat bread), perogies, cabbage rolls and Saskatoon berry pies in Regina. saskatoonfarmersmarket.com; [reginafarmersmarket.ca](http://www.reginafarmersmarket.ca]

Calgary Farmers’ Market, AB
This is ranch country. Take your pick of bison, elk, ostrich, free-range pork and beef, and a great selection of artisanal products. calgaryfarmersmarket.ca

Vancouver Farmers Markets and UBC Farm Market, BC
Vancouverites take their healthy, locally produced, seasonal and environmentally friendly foods seriously; they have a mouthwatering selection of markets around the city where you can find fruit, veggies and fungi, seafood 'n meats, plus artisanal treats: breads, cheeses, honey and chocolates. Summer markets begin sometime in May and usually run through October on Saturdays (east side, downtown west end and UBC), Sundays (west side) and Wednesdays (train station). Year-round, you can always find food, glorious food at the covered Granville Island Public Market. Take a tour of the delectable, world-famous digs; it’s offered daily by Edible British Columbia edible-britishcolumbia.com

Saltspring Island Saturday Market, BC
There’s a homespun guarantee here: vendors must “make it, bake it or grow it” themselves. The market runs from early April to late October and features 140 artisans, from growers of organic fruit and vegetables to producers of handcrafted cheeses to potters, jewellers and fibre artists. ww.saltspringmarket.com

Market in the Square, Duncan, BC
Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley is a hotbed of local, fresh, organic foods, many on display at this favourite market. Over 100 farmers, artisans and craftspeople gather each Saturday from March to December selling fruit, veg and plants, bread, pies, cheeses and, uh huh, even sock monkeys, that they have grown, made, baked, knit, sewn or crafted. [marketinthesquare.net](http://www.marketinthesquare.net]

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