St. Jacobs Market District
St. Jacobs Market District is the country’s largest farmers’ market featuring a farmers’ market, antique market and an outlet mall. Every year over one million visitors stop by the farmers’ market, which is open year-round.
You’ll be able to find everything on your shopping list in the St. Jacobs Market District, and much more. To learn more about St. Jacobs Market District visit their website.
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Established in April 1975 by eight farmers, the market was originally just a scattering of tents outside. In 1986, a two storey wooden building was built to accommodate the growing Farmers’ Market.
Featuring both fresh produce and ready-to-eat items, the Farmers’ Market is known for its abundant offerings. Over 100 local farmers and vendors sell flowers, fruits and vegetables, meats, cheese and other dairy products, pastries and bread, honey, syrup and preserves. The aroma of freshly baked apple fritters, hot donair kebab and falafel, samosas, sausages, and perogies will make it hard to resist buying something to eat on the spot.
For the best experience, head to the Farmers’ Market early in the morning and get your first pick of the produce selection. Vendors change from week to week, so do a lap when you arrive to get an idea of what’s available before you start buying.
It is the vendors who make the experience special. You might meet the Voisin family, who have been bringing cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, asparagus, beets and strawberries to the Farmers’ Market for three decades. Or maybe you’ll run into Mike and Kelly Binns, a couple who sell products from their lavender farm, including candles, soap, cleaning spray and sachets of the sweet-smelling plant. Or chat with Nancy Ackroyd about the 1,100 beehives she cares for with her husband, Glen.
The Farmers’ Market features more than just food, with vendors and artisans selling everything from homemade bath bombs to delicate jewellery, quilts to blown glass products.
On Saturdays from spring to fall, visitors can take horse-drawn trolley tours along the peaceful country roads to learn about the nearby Old Order Mennonite farms, Mennonite culture, and local maple syrup production. In warm weather, children will love getting to see and pet a variety of farm animals.
The Farmers’ Market also hosts events throughout the year, including a popular Holiday Art Market.
Treasure hunters will love the thrill of discovery at the Antiques Market, which features over 100 booths with dealers offering antiques and collectibles from Canada and beyond. Peruse the furniture, clothing, records, books, art, jewellery and collectibles to find the next signature piece for your home.
Many vendors at the Farmers’ and Antiques Markets will accept credit cards, but it’s a good idea to have some cash on hand. There are six bank machines onsite for visitors’ convenience.
Check online for a full listing of vendors at St. Jacobs Market District and hours of operation before you visit. Parking is always free.