Planet Earth is going through rough times in this age because of the industrial development, which has produced an unmeasurable amount of pollution. Let’s face it, Mother Earth needs our help to save it. One way we can do this is by reducing our waste production.
Why not start by supporting our local farmers’ markets? This way you can purchase your items in bulk and bring your own reusable bags rather than buying prepackaged goods that eventually end up in landfills.
Here are some local farmers’ markets that you can support
Location: 5020 Highway 7, Woodbridge
Timing: Saturdays – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Open from June 15 to October 12, 2019.
This is a seasonal and volunteer run market which supports local agricultural, the environment and healthy eating. Their goal is to become plastic-free by 2020. To top it off, all of their produce comes from within the Greenbelt. Go Vaughan writer Jessica Bergman wrote a detailed article on this market. Click here to read it.
Location: 7509 Yonge St., Thornhill
Timing: Thursday and Friday – 10:00 a.m. To 7:00 p.m., Saturday – 9:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m., and Sunday – 11:00 a.m. To 4:00 p.m.
This Market first opened in 1953 and it takes you back to the same time period once you enter it. It has 19 full-time vendors who sell things like flowers, baked goods, cooked food, sweets, vegetables, nuts and much more.
Location: 7100 Keele St., Concord
Timing: Monday to Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open from May to November 2019.
They’re known for their fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown in Ontario. You can also buy flowers and plants from the market for your garden.
Location: 9100 Bathurst St., Thornhill
Timing: Saturday – 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Village Market is open year-round, and it sells organically grown produce. In their efforts to become zero waste, they ask customers to bring their own bags, cups and containers. They also have water bubblers for refills.
Location: 7509 Yonge St #16, Thornhill
Timing: Thursday and Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
As the name suggests, this unique market is all about mangos. Sam the Mango Man sells fresh cold lychees along with Bowen mangos.
Location: 6751 Highway 7 West, Woodbridge
Timing: Monday to Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday – from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This centre houses a nursery and a farmer’s market. They sell freshly grown local fruits and vegetables, vegetable plants, annuals, perennials, shrubs, rose bushes, hanging baskets, grass seed and fertilizer. On top of this, they also provide their customers with pickup and delivery service for triple mix soil, manure, limestone screening, crushed stone, river stone, brick sand and mulch.
Location: 10069 Weston Rd, Woodbridge
Timing: Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday – from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This market gets crowded quickly. You can find almost all vegetables here at a reasonable price, which gives them a lot of loyal customers. Head out early mornings if you want to avoid the crowd but go during mid-day if you like interacting with new people.
Location: 5100 Yonge St, North York
Timing: Thursday – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; from May 23 to October 31.
This seasonal market has “locally grown market fresh fruit, vegetables, farm fresh produce, local honey, flowers, herbs, baked goods and preserves.”
Location: 60-64 Wells St, Aurora
Timing: Saturday – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Open from May 4 to October 26.
This farmer’s market is different from the others. Not only does it support local farmers but it also has educational games for families. They also sell fresh cuts of meat and their vendors Coopers CSA Farm is an ethically responsible brand.
Location: 2931 19th Ave, Markham
Timing: Monday to Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This farmer’s market has a family history. They open on the same spot as their first opening in 1960 to this day. Historically, their focus has been on growing cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, however, recently they have also started to grow artichokes and coloured cauliflower.