Ottawa's Best Farmer's Markets
With summer in full swing, Ottawa's farmer's markets are taking over different parts of the city. Ottawa's farmers markets are the best places to find our beloved maple syrup, fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade baked goods, stunning flower baskets, and even souvenirs. Without a doubt, these markets are favourites for both locals and visitors to Canada's capital.
The outdoor Byward Market is one of the oldest markets in the country. Nearly 200 years old, it's a staple in the Canadian capital. Shoppers can find pretty much everything here; from farmers selling their produce to artisans selling their work. It's also one of the most popular places to find an array of maple products; syrup, sugar, butter, and all kinds of candies.
The outdoor Byward Market is open rain, snow, or shine 363 days per year (closed new years and Christmas) and is open from around 7am till at least 5pm (sometimes later depending on the vendor) The outdoor Byward Market is located in the heart of the Byward Market.
Lansdowne Park Farmer's Market
Probably the most popular Farmer's Market in Ottawa, the Lansdowne Farmer's Market is open year round. In the summer it' located in the Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne Park, and in the winter months it takes place inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. This market is massive compared to the other's in the city, and you can find almost everything from the vendors here. Meats, cheeses, prepared foods, baked goods, fresh produce, jewelry, soaps and bath products, and all types of artisan crafts including holiday items during the festive season.
Lansdowne Park Farmer's Market is open Sundays from 9am to 4pm. As expected, it's first come first serve and many goods go quickly!
Launched in 1924, Parkdale Market is one of the best places in the city to get fresh produce. Open from May to November this market runs daily from 6am to 6pm. During the summer months vendors sell mostly fruits, vegetables, and all kinds of flowers (either as bouquet or in baskets to place in front of your home). As fall comes around the flowers and fruit give way to vegetables and winter wreaths, perfect for the holiday season, and for a month before Christmas, Christmas tree vendors take over the market spaces.
Parkdale market is located on Parkdale Avenue between Wellington street and Armstrong street. There is free 15 minute parking, but be warned; it's busy and hard to find parking around rush hour. For the best picks, be sure to get there as early as possible.
Byron Park Farmer's Market
Byron Park Farmer's Market is a smaller market, but since it's located in the popular neighbourhood of Westboro it attracts a good crowd. It's also a relatively new market; 2016 is only it's 5th year running but has over 65 vendors. There's plenty of homemade goods sold here include soups, baked goods, bread, honey, and sauces so make sure to come hungry!
The Byron Park Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from May to October.
Final tip: As you browse the products you will notice two types of signs above Ottawa farmer's market stalls. The red signs indicate that the stall is a vendor. The green signs indicate the the vendor is a farmer.
Hannah is an Ottawa based travel addict and writer. Her writing has been featured in Huffington Post, Matador Network, and more. Follow along with her misadventures on her travel blog, Eat Sleep Breathe Travel.