It’s been a long time since we’ve had events happening in Muskoka, and most of the big summertime gatherings won’t be back until next year. But farmers markets have reopened, offering an excellent way to connect with food and with people.
For some people, going to the market is a weekly ritual, a way to stock up on groceries and chat with vendors and neighbours. For others, it’s something they do once or twice a summer. No matter what you choose, Muskoka has several options for you.
If you haven’t been to a farmers market in a while, you may be surprised at some of the changes that have taken place. For one thing, there are more farmers now than there used to be: Muskoka seems to be enjoying a mini agriculture boom, with a growing number of young people taking up acreage and growing crops in a serious way. A lot of these growers are specialists, focusing on high-value crops that are hard to find in mainstream grocery stores; many more are turning their own crops into food products such as jams, vinegars and more.
You may also be surprised to see wineries, breweries and distilleries at the markets, a big step forward from the old days. Yep, you can now pick up an entire meal at the farmers’ market – vegetables, meat, seasonings, dessert, and a bottle of wine.
No matter what you’re buying, a trip to the farmers market often brings a chance to speak with the producers, to get just a little more connected to the food we eat. So grab your reusable shopping bag, and head out: grocery shopping is a lot more enjoyable when you do it in the open air!
The week begins here, with a Monday market that takes place in Jaspen Park, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
One of the biggest markets in Muskoka, the Gravenhurst market takes place Wednesdays at Muskoka Wharf, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Huntsville market takes place on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Huntsville Fairgrounds on Ravenscliffe Road.
This market is also on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It can be found in Hanna Park on Bailey Street.
Another waterfront market, this one takes place Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This downtown market happens on Saturdays in Memorial Park on Manitoba Street. The market runs from 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m
Unfortunately, this market had to be cancelled for the 2021 season due to Covid. But organizers hope to be back in 2022.