August is probably the best month in Ottawa to buy all your fruits and veg at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. Literally everything in season and there is so much choice it can be hard to decide what to buy. Sunday mornings from 9am-3pm in Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne Park is where my favourite market in Ottawa takes place.
Some of the best vendors from as far as Niagara come to sell and you can find more than just produce. Vendors also sell locally raised meats, fresh cheeses, baked goods, ice cream, tea, honey, fresh cut flowers, grains, pottery, soap, jewellery and kombucha. You can also get a great breakfast or lunch at the market with a number for food vendors setting up and making dishes.
Some of my favourite vendors are Vox Kombucha, Warner’s Farm, Almanac Grain, Adam Bakes, Avonmore Berry Farm, Backyard Edibles, Beking’s Eggs, Blue Shoes Honey, Falafel Guys, Rochon Gardens, Roots and Shoots and The Right Bite. This is really just a fraction of the vendors and there are so many to pick from.
If you can’t make it to the market at Lansdowne Park the Ottawa Farmers’ Market also takes place in Westboro in Byron Park on Saturdays, Orleans at the Ray Friel Centre on Thursdays and Barrhaven on Sundays. However these other Ottawa Farmers’ Markets are seasonal whereas the one at Lansdowne is year round. Other farmers’ markets in Ottawa include the Parkdale Market and Byward Market that operates seasonally. Be careful to visit the producer stands verse the vendor stands that just resell produce as you’ll usually get better quality at the producer stands. There is also the Main Street Farmers’ Market in Old Ottawa East which is smaller but all the vendors come from within 160km of Ottawa.
There is still time to get out to the market to enjoy Ontario’s best local produce so make sure to visit the market!