With over 190 years under its belt, the Guelph Farmers’ Market is probably the oldest farmers market I know. The market has been around since 1827 and remains an integral part of the community and a destination for many locals and visitors on Saturday mornings. The market located downtown Guelph and is open year round and starts bright and early at 7am and is open until noon.
The Guelph market is significantly larger as many other markets in the area, with over 120 vendors in the summer and around 60 in the winter. It can get quite packed during its peak hours between 10am and noon so I would recommend to get to this market early! This way you can take your time and leisurely explore the market. Being there early also means you get your hands on some of the best stuff before vendors sell out!
Let me take you through my visit of this historical market and show you which products you can expect to find during your visit.
I used to frequent the Guelph Farmers’ Market quite regularly in the past and I was glad to catch up with some of my favourite vendors.
In the summer the market expands to the outdoors to accommodate more vendors, primarily fruit and vegetable farmers and their bountiful harvest. Inside the market building you can expect to find your meats and cheeses, eggs, bread, coffee, preserves, and a variety of artisanal products, arts, and lots and lots of food to keep you sustained during the market visit!
You can get some fresh donuts, waffles, momos, dumplings, even baklava and more! Laza Food and Beverages keeps you hydrated and full with their hibiscus drinks, juices and hot beverages and breakfast snacks offered out of their market café.
There are a couple of vendors I make sure to visit when I am the Guelph Farmers’ Market, and Wild Leeks Farm is one of them.
After Wild Leeks, I visited some old farmer friends who were still located at the same spot, right beside the door that leads to the outdoor market. They always have the most amazing tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. However, what I like the most is that they have a “tomato tasting” at their vendor booth so you can taste their different varieties of tomatoes!
For bread, check out Grain Revolution with their delicious and tasty traditional sourdough. You can also visit Mediterranean Delights who also specializes in sourdough, but with Mediterranean flavours. They also offer a variety of other sourdough based treats and jams.
Some vendors have been part of the Guelph market for years! I had a chance to talk to the owner of Brantview Apples and Cider who has been a vendor at the market for 30 years – Amazing!
Around late August, early September, you will find the market full of apples, peaches, plums, and the last of the season’s blueberries, blackberries, and cantaloupes and watermelons. As October moves around, we start to see a more fall vegetables from squash to root vegetables like sweet potatoes, parsnips, and carrots.
I could keep on writing about this market all day and about what you can find here, but there is no better way than to go and explore it for yourself!
Go early and take some time to explore the area around the market, too. Enjoy downtown Guelph, its neat shops and amazing eateries. My favourite post market treat is a chocolate almond croissant and a cappuccino from Eric The Baker. Yum!
For more information about the Guelph Farmers’ Market your can visit their site: www.guelph.ca/farmersmarket
For more information about Taste Real you can visit: www.tastereal.ca
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