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A big list of Ottawa farmers' markets

Colours of the Market. Located near the corner of Parkdale and Wellington in the heart of Hintonburg, the Parkdale Market first opened its doors over 75 years ago. Photo by Glen Gower.

The oldest food market in Ottawa – and one of the oldest in Canada – is the historic Byward Market, established in 1826 by Lt-Col. John By. But it’s just one of about a dozen markets in urban and suburban Ottawa, including the historic Parkdale Market (established 1927) and the popular Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne Park.

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Urban markets

  • Byward Market
    The entire area immediately east of Sussex and north of Rideau is now known as “The Byward Market”, a name that dates back to the historic food market that was established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826. You’ll still find fresh fruits, vegetables, crafts and other vendors in one of Ottawa’s most historic neighbourhoods. Vendors typically operate May to October.
  • Ottawa Farmers’ Market (Lansdowne Park)
    Back at Lansdowne Park in Aberdeen Square every Sundays from 9am-4pm, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market showcases local farmers, small-batch artisan producers and artists who grow, raise and make their own food, arts and crafts. This market is open all year long, with a Winter Market indoors when it’s cold and a Summer Market starting in May.
  • Ottawa Organic Farmers Market
    At the Canada Care Building (Bank Street at Heron Road, behind Canadian Tire). Open Saturdays 10am-2pm, all year long.
  • Parkdale Market
    At the corner of Parkdale and Wellington in Hintonburg. This market was established in 1924 and is run by the City of Ottawa. Features fresh fruit and vegetables and flowers. Open 6am-6pm, 7 days a week. Opens for the season on April 28, 2017.
  • Beechwood Farmers’ Market (Vanier / New Edinburgh)
    Located in Beechwood Village, the Beechwood Market is in a revamped kids park tucked in behind Fire Station 57. With a mix of farmers, bakers and artisans, each week has a live musician, a different Beechwood Breakfast chef and kids activities. Oh, and for half the season there is a pool! Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 16 to Oct. 27 or shop online at beechwoodmarket.ca.
  • Main Farmers’ Market
    After having to relocate the last two years due to construction, they’re back next to the Green Door Restaurant on Main Street on Saturdays starting May 6.
  • Westboro Farmers Market
    Located in the Byron Linear Park bordered by Golden, Bryon, Richmond and Broadview Avenues, the site can host up to 76 vendors. Open Saturdays starting May 13.

Suburban & rural markets

  • Almonte Farmers’ Market
    In the parking lot of the Almonte Public Library (beside the Beer Store) . Open Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting May 19.
  • Carleton Place Farmers’ Market
    At Market Square (Beckwith @ Lake Avenue), open Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting May 12.
  • Carp Farmers’ Market
    At the Carp Fairgrounds, about 10km from the Carp Road exit on the 417. Open Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting May 12 through to October.
  • Cumberland Farmers’ Market
    Located at the R.J. Kennedy Community Centre, 1115 Dunning Road (Cumberland Arena), between Orleans and Rockland. Open Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting June 10.
  • Kanata Farmers’ Market
    420 Hazeldean Road, in the parking lot in front of Shoppers Drug Mart. Open Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting May 6.
  • Kemptville Farmers’ Market
    200 Sanders Street at the B & H parking lot in Kemptville, south of Ottawa. Sunday afternoons from May 20 to the end of October.
  • Log Farm
    670 Cedarview Road (between Hunt Club & Fallowfield). Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starting May 13 and running until the end of October.
  • Metcalfe Farmers Market
    At the Metcalfe Fairgrounds, southeast of the city. Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting May 13.
  • North Gower Farmers’ Market
    At 2397 Roger Stevens Drive, just west of North Gower. Look for the big red barn. Open Saturdays starting May 19.
  • Orléans Market – Ray Friel Center
    Open Thursdays 12pm-7pm starting May 25.
  • Riverside South - Riverview Park and Ride
    New in 2017, the market is planned to return for 2018 and operate June through October on Sundays, 10am-2pm.
  • Stittsville Farmers’ Market
    Started in 2017. This market will be open Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Village Square Park at the corner of Stittsville Main and Abbott.  Opening day 2018 is May 20.

Gatineau / Outaouais Markets

  • Old Chelsea Market
    212 Old Chelsea Rd (grounds at St. Stephen’s Church). Open on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m, June 1 – October 12, 2017.
  • The Old Aylmer Market (Marché Vieux Aylmer).
    Open every Sunday from 10am to 3pm. June 4-October 8, 2017.
  • Wakefield Market
    Open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from May 19 to October 20, at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche, 38 Chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield.
  • Pontiac Market (Shawville)
    At the Shawville Fairgrounds. Dates tbd for 2018.

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