With  the last winter storm headed towards us, a Facebook post by the Grimsby Farmers’ Market brought visions of spring and fresh local produce.

The Grimsby Farmers’  Market has announced its first Farm to Table “Street Feast” to be held on June 23rd. Local chefs will work with the market vendors to prepare delicious meals using local produce.  You can find the market online and on Facebook. All proceeds will go to a local charity.

To help you find local markets to purchase fresh local produce we went off in search of the best online tools:

Listings by city or market name to find the market closest to you are on the Farmers’ Markets Ontario® website. If you prefer to work with a map the best tool is on the shiny new Greenbeltfresh website. Although the latter seems to be missing a few local markets, it makes up for it with an up to date news section.

Looking for ideas for a family outing? Check out the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association. The Association “… promotes …  Ontario farms, agri-tourism destinations, pick-your-owns (PYO), roadside markets, farmgate producers, local meats, wineries, berries, community supported agriculture (CSA) … ”

Their website has easy to use search tools that help you find fresh produce close to home or office. Whilst you are working on one of their delicious recipes, keep the kids busy with their free coloring pages, learning about the produce and how it is grown or what produce is in season.

If all these thoughts of fresh strawberries, local cheeses (You can find them here at the Upper Canada Cheese Company) and crisp lettuce has got you wondering about the economic impact of farmers’ markets or the state of agriculture in the Niagara Region, then we may have found some interesting reading on those topics as well:



Agriculture And Agri-Food Economic Profile For The Golden  Horseshoe  a report prepared for the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance. Coordinated by Planscape.

Golden Horseshoe Agriculture & Agri-Food Strategy Food & Farming: An Action Plan 2021 Prepared by Planscape.

Economic Impacts of Farmers’ Markets in Ontario and the Niagara – Value Added Report both prepared by Planscape.

Farmers’ Market: Tracking Market Farmer and Vendor Performance 2009-2015 Report

We hope to see you in June at one of the tables at the Grimsby Farmers’ Market.