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Aug 23, 2006 03:05 PM

Favourite local farmer's market?

I'm interested to know where chowhounds go to pick up their locally(maybe organic) grown groceries? I was at the Riverdale Farm market yesterday and have to say that I was a little less than impressed. The vendors seemed a little disinterested; the only person who engaged me in a conversation was the guy selling smoked fish (very tasty). I also often found the selection limited and expensive. Is it me or maybe it was just an off day?

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  1. The farmer's market at Sherway Garden's on Fridays has improved this year. Perhaps it is the favorable weather we have been having, but I threw a pool party last week and got excellent produce, especially berries and corn.

    1. might be a bit out of the way, but I hear The Village Market at the Waldorf School at Bathurst, south of 16th in Thornhill is very good:

      1. The Farmer Market on Yonge St north of Steele next to the Octagon Restaurant been around for years open Friday and Saturday only

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        1. re: storeman

          open thursday friday and sat. small but not bad

        2. I really liked the farmers market at the distillery district on Sundays. I think its still going on, but I was really impressed. Its very small, but vendors sell interesting things you dont find many other places like yellow carrots, and pink or purple potatoes.. and the selection of fresh baked bread is superb. I had a delicious sourdough with zuccini roasted on it and garlic. Best bread I think Ive ever had.

          1. If you want to get out of town, I've heard great things about the Creemore Farmer's Market. And of course, Peterborough's Saturday market is fine indeed... mostly veggie, some meat... Lots of eggs, fruit and all things grown locally... and you can't forget the Mushroom Man...

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            1. re: kawarthagirl

              Yes the Peterborough market is good.. I grew up in Peterborough in my teen years, and my biggest memory of the market is going to a booth we used to call 'the butter tart lady'. She always has samples and tonnnnes of the most incredible butter tarts in various styles, and both big and bite sized. If you ever go to that market, you must sample these little treats.