Whether you live in Orleans, Kanata or anywhere in-between, Canada’s Capital is the place to be when seeking fresh fruits and veggies. There are all sorts of great local shops and vendors, and many of them work with farmers from the area to bring their produce to residents in town. Today, let’s explore some can’t-miss farmers’ markets in the Ottawa area!
Beechwood Farmers’ Market
Traditionally, this friendly community get-together is held in front of the St. Charles church, but with a massive condo and retail development underway to bring the abandoned building back to life, the Beechwood Farmers’ Market has moved in recent years. You can now find it tucked behind Fire Station 57 in beautiful Optimiste Park. Enjoy locally baked goodies, fresh vegetables and fruit, live music performances, plenty of dogs to pet, children’s activities, and more! The park also has a pool that is open in nicer seasons, making for a fun morning out for all. This market is really one of the best in town, and it runs every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, June 1st to October 26th.
Ottawa Farmers’ Market
Okay, now this is the big one. Swing on over to Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne Park, and you’ll experience one of the largest and most exciting markets around! The Ottawa Farmers’ Market runs every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm, and it does so all year long by moving inside Aberdeen Pavilion when the weather outside is frightful. Discover local artists, crafts galore, baked treats and sweets, and all sorts of homegrown produce.
Carp Farmers’ Market
Live in the West end? We’ve got you covered. On now until October at the Carp Fairgrounds, the Carp Farmers’ Market offers all sorts of wonderful ingredients, foods and more at great prices. It’s fun for the whole family with plenty of activities, events and unique vendors to interact with. Why not make it a fun day trip out? The market is open from 8 am to 1 pm every Saturday.
Nestled along the Gatineau River is the charming town of Wakefield, and every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm until October 19th, the local farmers’ market is a must-see if you’re exploring this popular weekend getaway. Here, local artisans and farmers proudly showcase their wares, excited to make new friends and share their experiences in the scenic area just a short drive from Gatineau. Whether you want delectable treats, wood carvings, clay pottery or otherwise, it’s unlikely that you’ll leave this market with empty hands!
No matter where you call home in the Ottawa area, there’s no shortage of great farmers’ markets around! Head on out with the family and see what you can discover – we’ve only just scratched the surface.
Just a word of warning: Don’t go on an empty stomach!