Posted 26 Aug, 2020
Local farmers markets in Newmarket and Aurora
The opening of Farmers’ Markets across the province is a subtle harbinger of the upcoming spring and summer season. York Region may feel like it’s divided into various cities and towns, but if you take a closer look at a map, you’ll see that the region is all connected through copious amounts of farmland! York Region is home to a vibrant agricultural sector comprised of farmers and artisans working hard to provide quality products to residents and businesses.
With the impact of the last few months, it is essential to reconnect with local farms. And with fall just around the corner, it’s an excellent time to visit nature’s produce havens before they close for the season. Here’s a complete guide to the best local farmers’ markets Aurora and Newmarket have to offer.
Strawberry Creek Farm Market
Strawberry Creek is a beloved Newmarket farmers’ market located right at Woodbine Avenue open Monday-Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm. The market features a small pen of farm animals, children love to explore the acres of enclosed space that includes haystacks and swings, and of course, the fresh produce! This family-run farm has a delectable selection of strawberries, cherries, fresh pies and honey. Locals often rave about their sweet corn! Check it out before the season ends.
Aurora Farmers Market
Located at the North-East corner of the Town Park, the Aurora Farmers’ Market is a staple in the community as it continues to operate every Saturday from 8 am-9 pm come rain or shine. Hosting nearly 40 vendors at any given time, you can find farmers, food vendors, artisans and community groups. Come visit for the assortment of fresh produce, but stay for the children’s crafts and special events hosted at least once a month. The Aurora Farmers Market is more than just a market it’s an experience.
Newmarket Farmers’ Market
Newmarkets Farmers’ Market by the Forsythe Family was previously located in the Riverwalks Commons but has temporarily relocated to the Magna Centre on Mullock Drive. Open on Saturday from 9 am -1 pm this spacious market boasts 40+ vendors offering gardening advice, nutritional tips, vendors who sell beets tomatoes and carrots, as well as a community service tent to promote town resources and special events. Every week patrons have a chance to win a free gift basket with produce and crafts retailed at $170.
Highway 9 Farmers’ Market
Newmarkets bustling market takes over Highway 9 every day 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. You can expect locally sourced produce, honey, jam, baked goods and other products. Customers rave about their excellent selection of plants and flowers. Staff are quite knowledgeable at their garden centre and are willing to help with all your gardening related needs.
Fresh Veggies at 60 Aileen
For a true fresh market experience, stop by Fresh Veggies at Newmarket on 60 Aileen Road. They grow and source a variety of vegetables from within the Holland Marsh and many items are picked the day of, only hours old and some are even fresh cut only. For your convenience and to accommodate the new regulations, they have an online shopping cart and have reorganized the shopping centre services so customers can shop from the convenience of their cars.