Winnipeg Farmers' Markets Guide 2013
Downtown BIZ Farmers' Market
Manitoba Hydro Place (corner of Edmonton Street and Graham Avenue)
Thursdays until September 5, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Launched in July 2013, this downtown farmers' market has become an instant hit. Downtown employees, Winnipeggers and visitors flock to this weekly market to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the fields. The centrally located market has been a boon to downtown, bringing more folks to the centre of the city. In addition to fresh produce, look for locally made salsas, original art and baked treats like pies, cookies and slices. Freshly caught Rainbow Trout has also made appearances.
For more information click here.
Wolseley Farmers' Market
980 Palmerston Ave. at Ruby St. in Winnipeg
Tuesdays and Thursdays until October 15, 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Wolseley is one of Winnipeg's oldest neighbourhoods and lovingly called the city's 'granola belt.' It's a rootsy neighbourhood populated by families with young kids. Social consciousness and environmentalism run deep here so it makes sense the neighbourhood would introduce its own farmers market. Since opening in summer 2012, the wee but wonderful market has been a big hit with locals and Winnipeggers farther afield. Crop share buyers come to the market every week to pick up their vegetable supply. Everyone else can fill their bags with fresh produce (onions, carrots, potatoes, leafy vegetables, beans et al) at several other produce stands. Freshly baked bread, honey and cinnamon buns from Jonnie's are also regulars. What this market lacks in volume makes up for in quality and charm. For more information call Sarah Fox at 204-880-7551or e-mail email@example.com.
St. Norbert Farmers' Market
3514 Pembina Highway, south of the Perimeter, St. Norbert
Wednesdays until September 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays until October 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At 25-years-old, this south Winnipeg farmers' market (technically south of the city limits) is one of the busiest markets in the province. Farmers from across Southern Manitoba bring their wares every week to feed the masses that amass. Think of a prairie-grown vegetable or fruit and you'll likely find it here. This market bustles with business every Saturday. Insider's Tip: Go early. Buskers, music and other outdoor performances liven up the already lively scene. Toys, clothes, photographs, paintings and other original art is also for sale.Slow-roasted BBQ, freshly-squeezed lemonade and kettle corn are also on hand to feed the crowds.
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Jardins St-Léon Gardens
419 St. Mary's Road
Daily until late Fall, Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While technically not a farmers' market, this St. Boniface/ St. Vital area grocery market is an absolute treasure trove of uber-fresh produce, bread, cheese and locally made food-stuffs. The popular market and greenhouse opens every summer selling loads of bedding plants and greenery. The outdoor market is housed in a three-season building with a roof and tent walls. Pick up harvest fresh fruits like peaches, plums, apples and grapes. Make dinner spectacular with corn, snap peas, beans and leaf veggies. Also on hand: crusty baguettes from area-bakery Le Croissant. Staff are fantastic ambassadors for the local food scene and always at hand to help and answer questions.
For more information click here or call 204-237-7216.
Here are a few other Winnipeg-based farmers' markets worth checking out before the end of market season:
Health Science Centre Farmers' Market
Health Sciences Centre, 707 McDermot Avenue
Wednesdays until September 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information contact Leigh-ann Patrick at 204-787-8786 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
West Broadway Farmers' Market
669 Broadway, Thomson Funeral Home parking lot
Wednesdays until September 18, 4 to 6:30 p.m
For more information visit westbroadway.mb.ca/good-food-club or e-mail good email@example.com.
Gas Station Arts Centre Village Market
445 River Avenue
Thursdays until September 5, 4 to 8 p.m.
For more information visit gsac.ca/village-market.
Main Street Farmers' Market
Neechi Commons parking lot, 865 Main Street
Fridays until September 20, 2 to 6 p.m.
For more information call Jasmine Tara at 204-927-2342.
For a complete list of Winnipeg and Manitoba farmers' markets visit the Farmers' Market of Manitoba website here.