Farm to table: Farmer’s markets in Small Halls communities

Eastern Ontario is known for its bounty from the boonies! Producers are the heart of small town life – and thriving farmer’s markets. Look here to discover a few markets surrounding the villages where Small Halls brings exceptional live music to beloved spaces each fall.

*We have tried to highlight markets that are currently operating or are working to open soon. Please follow rules and restrictions enforced due to Covid-19 and be sure to check that the market is open before attending or ordering.

The historic, open-air Brockville Farmers Market is now open! Stop by Market Street on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Downtown Brockville to discover the definition of home grown goodness. The Brockville market has become one of the oldest continuous markets in Ontario, now operating for almost 180 years. Enjoy the friendly vendors and scenic location!

The Gananoque Farmers Market is online this year! For 2020, the Gananoque market allows online ordering from a product list. Then, your orders are harvested, made or baked and pick up is on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Firehall Theatre on the waterfront (also a former Small Halls venue!).  Look on the list for fresh produce, meats, baked goods, cut flowers and more. The Gananoque Farmer’s Market is proud to offer only locally-produced goods, for sale by the hands that made or grew them.

Typically located at the clocktower in the heart of Prescott’s RiverWalk District, the Prescott Farmer’s Market  is usually open three times a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This bustling market (which even features live music!) is temporarily closed – but organizers are working on reopening later this summer. Stay tuned!

Kemptville Farmers’ Market is another great market to not be missed! Featuring farm-fresh produce, meats, artisan baked goods, arts and crafts, live music, it’s family and pet-friendly. Local food vendors provide delicious ethnic and traditional meals. The regular market runs Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. until the end of October. Pssst! We even saw some gorgeous succulents in trendy pineapple pots at last week’s market!

The Manotick Farmers Market is bringing together fresh produce, artisans, preserves, baked goods, handmade masks, marinades, maple syrup and more to a new location for 2020. Open Saturdays now until October 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5492 South River Drive in Manotick. Stop by to stock up on rural goodness.

Theme days, variety and local fun are on the agenda at the Eganville Farmer’s Market! Located at Legion Field on Foran Street in Eganville, the market is set for every Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. until early October. Homemade and homegrown fill the stands at this community market – you’re guaranteed to find something tasty from dried soup mixes to coffee and from fresh produce to jams and jellies. Watch for skin care products, too!

The Burnstown Farmers Market is known for having friendly and passionate local vendors. It follows the 100-kilometre radius rule to bring the customer the best products. Open Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot next to Laurent’s Ice Cream and Café, the Burnstown Farmers Market typically sells fresh produce, garlic, local beef, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, preserves and sweet treats.

The McDonald’s Corners Farmers Market is mighty! The market is encouraging patrons to visit producers and artisans at their homes by appointment during these times of uncertainty. See which vendors are welcoming visitors with all kinds of farm-fresh goodness for sale, including: veggies, farm-raised meat, honey, preserves, sweets, soap, woodcrafts, handcrafts! In other times, the market would run on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – and even has fresh wood-fired pizza cooking on the outdoor oven!

With roots dating back more than 100 years, the Almonte Farmers Market is still going strong. Located in the parking lot at Mississippi Mills Public Library parking lot every Saturday morning from May to October, the Almonte market includes in season fruits and veggies, perennials, flowers, baked goods, woodworking and other hand crafted items like knitting and sewing, preserves, berries, organic meat, honey, and more.

The Perth Farmers Market is taking a leap and finding success online this summer. It typically would be running every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tay Basin until Thanksgiving. However, organizers are happily filling online orders to keep the public thinking locally during this time. Vendors here are varied and include organically-grown produce, home baked pastries and bread, pickles, jams, confections, flowers, herbs and plants, garlic, honey, maple syrup, meat and eggs, weaving, juried crafts and jewellery, and more!

Vendors and customers flock to the Frontenac Farmers Market open now until the end of October. There are typically around 20 vendors here who offer superb quality, locally produced items from the farms, kitchens, gardens and workshops across the area.  This year, the market is located at 4567 Highway 38 (South Frontenac Rental Centre).

It’s all about locally grown and locally made at the Cornwall Kinsmen Farmers Market. This market isn’t physically opening this year, however, the market is taking on an initiative to connect market patrons to their vendors directly. Look here for vendor promotion of a wonderful mix of locally-grown produce, fresh meats, homemade preserves, baked goods, and artisan vendors from SDG Counties.

Don’t forget to stop in at farm stands in the area, too. There are road-side stands in front of farms dotting the landscape throughout Eastern Ontario, selling everything from honey to fresh produce and from berries to maple syrup. You can even pick up a fresh cut bouquet of flowers for the table at home.

Find your fresh along the backroads in Eastern Ontario!