The farmers’ markets are back. Check out local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and all sorts of goodies.
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Almost every day is market day in Durham during the summer with farmers’ markets throughout the region offering up fresh and locally produced goodies.
The Clarington Farmers’ Market runs each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Newcastle Memorial Area, 103 Caroline St. W. The Clarington Farmers’ Market offers veggies from Clarington farmers, Ontario produce, baking, meats, prepped meals, specialty and artisanal products. To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the market layout has been spaced out for added distancing and one-way walking flow. Customers also have a new preorder option through a Facebook group, Clarington Farmers Market Pre-Order Group.
The Uxbridge Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located beside the Second Wedge Brewing Co. on Victoria Street, the market is currently open for walk-through customers with one-way restrictions and physical distancing requirements in place. Customers are also invited to do curbside pickup, and can order from individual vendors online at www.uxbridgefarmersmarket.ca.
The Pickering City Centre Farmers’ Market went to a virtual format shortly after the pandemic hit. Starting July 14, the market returned. It’s on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Esplanade South parking lot. There’s fresh produce, baked goods, meats and more. Those attending are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing.
The Whitby Farmers’ Market is back up and running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with local produce, baked goods and handcrafted items in downtown Whitby. It takes place each Wednesday in Celebration Square at 405 Dundas St. until October and is run by the Durham Region Farmers’ Market Association. Visitors should follow COVID-19 guidelines to keep everyone safe, including maintaining physical distancing, wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer and staying home if unwell.
New this summer is the Bowmanville Reko Network where farmers’ market lovers meet food producers (no intermediaries, no resellers, no wholesaling). More than 90 per cent of the vendors here are farmers. Vendors post weekly ads, customers comment on the post to order, then both meet for pickup at Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Hwy. 2 in Bowmanville, every Thursday evening between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m.
Established in 1959 and predating the mall itself, the Oshawa Centre Farmers’ Market is a local mainstay, running Fridays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the north east parking lot of the mall at 419 King St. W. until October. With more than 20 vendors, all the market favourites are available, including fruit, vegetables, baked goods, honey, meat, maple syrup and wine. Visitors must socially distance, keeping two metres apart, and there is a capacity limit for the market.
The Port Perry Lakefront Farmers’ Market opened on July 4 and will run each Saturday through to Thanksgiving weekend. It’s open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features wares from 17 vendors. It’s located on the Port Perry waterfront, at the intersection of Queen and Water streets, in the shadow of the Old Mill beside Palmer Park.