Top 10 Reasons to Visit Your Local Farmers' Market

Treat yourself to some fresh fruit and vegetables this summer. There's nothing quite like new potatoes or freshly picked carrots!

The beginning of summer marks the beginning of farmers' markets throughout Northwest Ontario. Over the years, they have become popular not only in Northwest Ontario but all over North America. Farmers' Markets have become mainstream as more and more people want fresh, organic, local meats and produce. During the winter the fruit and veggies that are available in Northwest Ontario have come from far away and therefore are not very fresh by the time they get here. Going to a local market we can have fresh vegetables just as if we had grown them ourselves (without all the bad breaking work!). People want healthy options and it also great for the local economy.

The Farmers' Markets in Sunset Country include much more than just the fresh produce. With all the baking and craft vendors at farmers' markets your sure to find a quick yummy snack, lunch items, a unique gift for someone's birthday, cottage decor, or a souvenir to bring home. There is aboriginal arts & crafts, preserves, honey, baked goods, paintings, garden decorations, jewellery, clothing, dips and spices to name a few. 

Buy locally in Northwest Ontario

Farmers' Markets in Northwest Ontario, Canada

Cloverbelt Country Farmers' Market strives to have many types of local produce, giving you a taste and experience unique to Dryden and its surrounding area. There is farm fresh produce and meats, homemade preserves and baking, and handmade arts and crafts. The Oxdrift Market begins early June and is located in the Oxdrift Hall. It is open Saturdays 9am-12pm and runs into early October. They also start a second location in the end of June. You can find this Dryden Market in the Dryden Arena parking lot every second Thursday from 3-6pm. Follow Cloverbelt Country Farmers' Market on Facebook for updates.

Northwest Farmers' Market in Sioux Lookout first opened up in 2006. The market is held on Fridays from 10:00am-2:00pm at Town Beach. Vendors offer a variety of items from fresh produce, honey, fresh local meat, elk, plants, knitting, wood crafts, and aboriginal crafts.

Cloverbelt Country Farmers' Market in Dryden.
Cloverbelt Country Farmers' Market in Dryden, Ontario.

The Red Lake Market is held Saturdays during the summer from 10am-2pm in the Legion parking lot. Anyone can set up a table: crafters, personal belongings you want to get rid of, home business and community groups. Look for products from local farms once a month from July to September.

Rainy River Farmer's Market is held Wednesdays from 4pm-6:00pm at the Heritage Square on Atwood Avenue.

One of the biggest farmers' market in Sunset Country is the Matiowski Farmers' Market in Kenora, Ontario and is located under the Whitecap Pavilion every Wednesday from 8:30am to 2:00pm and runs from the middle of June until early October. Just like any farmers' market you will find fresh meats and produce. There is also tons of baking items such as breads, cinnamon buns, perogies, pies, cupcakes and even gluten free products. The craft items are endless with handmade cards, jewelry, garden decorations, candles, paintings and art, and homemade soap! 

The sole year-round Farmers' Market in Northwest Ontario is the Thunder Bay Country Market. It is held every Saturday between 8:00am and 1:00pm. During the harvest season, they open up on Wednesdays from 4-7:00pm, bringing you the freshest produce twice a week! Visit their website for a complete up-to-date schedule of the times that the market is held. During summer into the fall harvest, you'll find local, fresh produce and food products. Don't miss a visit to the second floor where you'll find handmade clothing, pottery, beadwork, Ojibwe art, vintage items and lots more. It is held at the CLE Dove Building. Follow the Thunder Bay Country Market on Facebook for updates during the year. 

Handmade gifts and cottage decor at the Clover Valley Farmers' Market in Fort Frances


Why should you visit these Farmers Market? Here are the top 10 reasons.

  1. Taste real flavours of fruits and vegetables. There is no doubt that locally-grown foods just simply taste better.
  2. Meet the farmers who grow your food. You can ask for advice when it was picked, how it was grown or ways to prepare it.
  3. Protect the environment. The closeness of the farms does not require us to waste energy and gas to ship the food half-way around the world.
  4. Support local economy by supporting the farmers, artists, bakers and other vendors.
  5. Eat seasonally. By shopping at local farmer's markets you are eating produce at its peak. They are fresh and ripe and loaded with nutrients.
  6. Home-made baking. Do I need to say more?
  7. Pick up something such as perogies and tasty vegetables and you have a quick supper tonight!
  8. Find that unique gift you have been looking for!
  9. Connect with the community, meet up with friends, old and new. Chat with locals and seasonal visitors.
  10. The atmosphere is great and It's just plain fun!

Make sure to stop at one Sunset Country's local farmers' markets this summer. We promise it will make you want to go back for more. 

About Erin Rody

I grew up on Black Sturgeon Lake in Northwestern Ontario. I am a staff writer for the Sunset Country Travel Association. Through my articles I hope to entice you to visit the wonderful region I call home. We are all about outdoor adventure; with 70,000 lakes and rivers and a whole lot of forests how can we not be? Whether you like to fish, hunt, canoe, kayak, boat or go camping, Sunset Country has something for you. Enjoy!

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