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Which farmers markets with great winter grub

menomineegal Feb 12, 2010 01:21 PM

My husband and I are thinking of a little road trip tomorrow out toward Kitchener. As it is Saturday we were hoping to catch a couple of the year round farmers markets in the area. I'm looking for opinions on which would be the best to check out - Kitchener? Guelph? Cambridge? St. Jacobs? and how you rate the quality of vendors at any of theses. We are especially interested in meat.

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    Whats_For_Dinner RE: menomineegal Feb 12, 2010 08:36 PM

    I haven't been to St. Jacobs, but I've heard nothing but firsthand good things about it (i.e. it's been mentioned three times in conversations in the past week or so, and each time, its mention has been immediately followed by "You haven't been? Oh my God, you HAVE to go."

    So I guess it's good!

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    1. re: Whats_For_Dinner
      toveggiegirl RE: Whats_For_Dinner Feb 15, 2010 01:31 PM

      And get some apple fritters!

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      Marumari RE: menomineegal Feb 15, 2010 05:40 PM

      I've never really been a fan of the St Jacob's one. I know it's supposed to be the mackdaddy of the farmer's markets in the area, but it's pretty boring in the winter.
      The Kitchener Market is way more interesting IMO.
      I'm not familiar with the Guelph one.

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      1. re: Marumari
        meatnveg RE: Marumari Feb 16, 2010 04:23 AM

        I second this.
        St Jacobs has devolved into mostly a stage show for the most part, The vendors and the wares rarely change if ever, and the truly seasonal produce doesn't come around until May.
        That being said, It is a good place for your groceries or some weird items like smoked pork parts (are you really gonna use them?)
        Save it for a sunny saturday morning in June.

        P.S. I live in Waterloo

      2. duckdown RE: menomineegal Feb 15, 2010 09:12 PM

        i'd like to know of ones that are open for winter as well

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          toveggiegirl RE: duckdown Feb 15, 2010 10:11 PM

          The markets with a Y/R are open year-round:

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          yummi82xo RE: menomineegal Feb 16, 2010 09:11 AM

          I haven't been to St. Jacobs yet, but I'm a huge fan of Dufferin Grove Market. For a list of Toronto's farmers markets check out

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