Guelph Farmers' Market

Saturday At The Guelph Farmers' Market

The Sassy Tomato logoby Karina Flores, The Sassy Tomato

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 is open year round and starts bright and early at 7:00am and is open until noon.

sassy tomato blogger holding a bag of apples and basket of peaches 

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 10:00am 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.

panoramic view of market vendor tents and shoppers

market map of vendorsI 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.

​I was happy to see some of the changes that have been made, such as a big market map. It highlights all the vendors, whether they are a farmer or reseller and where they are located. It definitely helps you find what or who you are looking for, especially during the summer months when the market is twice as big!

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!

baskets of

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, hot beverages and breakfast snacks offered out of their market café.

tray of fresh doughnuts

​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.

basket of herloom tomatoes

This particular Saturday, Wild Leeks had the most beautiful vendor booth arrangement I had ever seen! Their vendor table boasted cucumbers, plump and beautiful heirloom tomatoes, cute little cherry tomatoes, a tower of different garlic varieties, eggplants, peppers, onions and a pyramid of their lovely multi-colored radishes.

baskets of vegetables on a table   hand holding a litchi tomato

​​I even got to try a Litchi tomato! What?! ​I know, I was surprised, too! I had never heard of such a variety, and it was quite the treat and adventure to try such a curious fruit early on a Saturday morning. Its outer skin was a little tougher than a regular cherry tomato and it was more seedy. It tasted of litchi but had the sweetness of a tomato.

shopped tomatoes on a live edge cutting board

​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!

artisan bread in a glass display case

glass jug of organic oat milkFor 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.

There are plenty of vendors carrying cheeses, including River Edge Goat Dairy, who offer a wide variety of their farm made goat cheeses. Other vendor stands offer products from Monforte Diary and Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese. You can also find a large variety of meats, sausages, bacon and other meat products.

You can also find vegan products like organic oat and almond milk from Moo Free Beverages.

bags of bright green apples

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!

cans of hop cider on a table

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!

spicy green lettuce bouquets on a table   baskets of blueberries on a wooden table

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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Guelph Farmers’ Market
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Saturdays: 7:00am - 12:00pm
2 Gordon Street (at Waterloo Avenue), Guelph
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