In Niagara, one doesn’t have to go far to find a place supporting local goods and produce – from wineries to microbreweries the focus on showcasing the fruits of home-grown labour is in the regional psyche. But nothing beats an old-fashioned farmer’s market for really being able to exhibit quality produce and local passion for good food.
Market at the Village
The Market at the Village has been an annual event in Niagara-at-the-Lake for about ten years now. It’s a ‘summer’ event but actually spans from the end of May to early October.
The vendors that set up for the market have a huge variety. Local farmers and providers offer fresh vegetables and goods, from Lincoln Country Growers to Bartel Organics to Katherine’s Fresh Fruit. Delis offer cured meats and vendors like Lake Land Meats provide farm-raised game meat cuts. Trout farms keep fresh fish fillets, Gryphon Ridge Highlands has a large collection of jams and spreads, and the Happy Bees Apiary complements its honey with beeswax soap and lip wax.
And then there’s a prepared food on offer. More than one Mexican-themed vendor for specialty nachos and authentic quesadillas, because why not? Middle Eastern and tongue-in-cheek British food round out the mix. Mobile trucks provide wood-fired catering and farm-to-truck delicacies. Chase it all down with sticky cinnamon buns.
Market and SupperMarket
The market focuses on Saturday morning, usually finishing up after lunch. Since 2012 the market experience has grown to also feature a ‘Supper Market’ on Wednesday evenings during the market’s summer run, usually going from 4.30 until dusk. The usual vendors are joined by live music and some extra beer, wine and cider opportunities to go with the dinner fare.
Heading out to the market is basically the best morning or early evening picnic one could ever hope for. The food on offer has enormous variety, from grass-roots essentials to specialties from various countries and cultures with a local twist. Add to that a friendly communal atmosphere and the occasional live entertainment and it’s the gold standard for a traditional farmer’s market for modern times – essential for both locals and tourists alike to visit.
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