BEST OF OTTAWA 2019: Markets
After over 20-years writing about life in Ottawa, we think we have
a pretty good idea of the best of what this city has to offer.
In this weekly series, we’ll share our picks with you –
our top hotels, live music venues, local brews,
bands and more. Check, share and discuss
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By: Kat Walcott and Anna Jonas
613flea (Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park)
This not-for-profit monthly market showcases over 100 vendors, selling everything from vintage clothes to handmade goods. From antiques to independent boutiques, local makers and creators of all types congregate under one roof. Stock is always changing and many of the goods are one-of-a-kind.
Parkdale Market (366 Parkdale Ave.)
Parkdale market focuses on fresh produce and they’ve been doing it well since 1924. Running every day of the week from late April to early November, they’re known for their great selection of fruits, veggies and fresh flowers. Meet and greet with the farmers themselves and pick up a crate of the best peaches you’ll ever taste.
ByWard Outdoor Market (55 ByWard Market Square)
This central city market from which the neighbourhood gets its name is a hub of local life, especially in the summer season. Its historical roots branch back to its foundation by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, making it one of the oldest public markets in the nation. The many agri-food stalls and art and craft vendors are open rain or shine. Scout out the Savour Ottawa logo to tell if food is grown or raised in or around the city.
Lansdowne Park Market (900 Exhibition Way, Lansdowne Park)
The Lansdowne Farmers’ Market is a foodie’s paradise. It’s the one and only farmers’ market limited to producers in the city that’s open year-round. Vendors sprawl across Aberdeen Square every Sunday selling everything under the sun, including produce, baked goods, sweet treats, dairy products, meats, plants, beverages and pre-made dishes, all made and grown within 100 kilometres of the National Capital.
Kanata Farmers’ Market (745 Kanata Ave.)
Located right on Kanata Avenue, the appropriately named market is a haven for artisan bread, fresh fruit and veggies, free-range meat products, homemade hot sauces, and much more. The market is open every Saturday morning from spring to early November, so don’t miss your chance to visit!
Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market (The Fieldhouse, Carleton University)
When it comes to vintage wares, you can’t get much better than the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market. Take your time browsing through more than 40,000 square feet of unique pieces spanning the decades, including jewellery, art, clothing, textiles, kitchenware and more. You’re bound to find a treasure trove in their immense inventory no matter what.
Ottawa Organic Farmers’ Market (1644 Bank Street)
If you’re looking for a full organic option, the Organic Farmers’ Market is the market for you. This market is the only one of its kind in the city, with everything for sale being certified organic such as the produce, oils, body products and more. The market is open for 50 weeks a year, so you can drop by no matter the season.
Main Farmers’ Market (201 Main St.)
One of the city’s most popular markets, Main Farmers’ Market puts the focus on connecting local food producers with the Ottawa community. With all vendors originating from within 160 km of the market, you know that what you’re getting is super fresh and local. The perfect spot to pick up not only fruits and veggies, but natural bath products, free range meat and eggs, and much more.
Beechwood Farmers’ Market (43 Ste. Cecile St.)
Located in the beautiful Optimiste Park, this market is the ideal spot to spend a Saturday morning. It runs from June to late October and is a haven of fresh herbs, veggies, fruits, maple syrup, sustainable household products, fresh eggs and more.
Orléans Market (1585 Tenth Line Rd.)
This market is unique as its located in the middle of a suburb, in the parking lot of the Ray Friel Recreation Complex Center. Here you’ll find all the goods you expect at a community farmers’ market like high-quality, local produce, baked goods, honey, fresh flowers and more. The fact they’re open on Thursdays instead of the weekend is great if you can’t wait until the end of the week to do your groceries.