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Local Farmers’ Markets and Country Farm Stores

Local Farmers’ Markets and Country Farm StoresLocal Farmers’ Markets and Country Farm Stores
by Andrew Coppolino

They have been in existence for centuries, in one form or another, but over the past couple of decades there has been nothing less than a revival of the traditional farmers’ market which was commonplace before the era of industrial food manufacturing and processing.

While farmers’ markets such as the ones in Cambridge and Kitchener have been operating since the mid-1800s, a renaissance of the institutions has been driven in good part by consumer demand for access to fresh local food – and for a clear understanding where and how that food was grown and raised. At the same time, farmers’ markets, both small and large, have become robust, bustling community spaces.

In a relatively small geographic area in and around Waterloo Region and just outside of it in Wellington and Perth counties, there are at least a dozen farmers’ markets and country farm stores. Summertime, when new produce is rolling into the markets from the countryside each week, is an ideal time to get to know local farmers and celebrate local food with fellow market-goers who are your community neighbours.

outdoor view of the Downtown Cambridge Farmers' Market

Cambridge Farmers’ Market

Local Farmers’ Markets

Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market  
aberfoylemarket.ca

Cambridge Farmers’ Market 
cambridgefarmersmarket.ca

Elmira Farmers’ Market
www.woolwich.ca

Hespeler Village Market 
Hespelervillagemarket.com

Kitchener Market 
kitchenermarket.ca

ONroute Cambridge North 
farmersmarketsontario.com

Preston Towne Market 
cambridgefarmersmarket.ca

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market  
stjacobs.com

bushels of apples at Martin's Family Fruit Farm

Martin’s Family Fruit Farm

Country Market Stores

Herrles Country Farm Market 
herrles.com

Martin’s Family Fruit Farm 
martinsapples.com

Oakridge Acres Meat Store 
oakridgeacres.ca

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