One of the best things to do on a Saturday morning in the Ottawa Valley is to visit one of the many, local farmer’s markets. Each unique market is filled with local farmers, artisans and makers. It is a wonderful way to support your local small businesses as well as an opportunity to meet the faces behind those businesses. Here are some of farmer’s markets available in your area:
Carleton Place Farmer’s Market: Located at “Market Square” which is on the corner of Beckwith and Lake Avenue in Carleton Place, the farmer’s market runs every Saturday, in the warmer months, from 8:30-12:30pm.This is one of the very few fully covered market’s around! So, you can visit it even when it’s raining!
Perth Farmer’s Market: The Perth Farmer’s Market has been in operation since 1992. It runs, rain or shine, from the Mother’s Day weekend until Thanksgiving weekend. The scenic location includes the beautiful “Crystal Palace” where many of the vendors set up their goods. There is always free parking available and wonderful live music to serenade you as you wander.
Almonte Farmer’s Market: Opening Saturday May 18th, the Almonte Farmer’s Market has been in operation since 1990. It has remained in the same location, at the Almonte Public Library parking lot, since opening. Bakers, woodworkers, potters and soap makers are among some of the vendors you’ll find at the Almonte market. Just steps from downtown Almonte, the market is the perfect place to start your Saturday!
Carp Farmer’s Market: The Carp farmer’s market is in it’s 29th season of operation! It is open every Saturday from 8:00am – 1:00pm from May until October. This market is the largest producer-based Farmer’s Market in Eastern Ontario. They are home to over 90 vendors and have thousands of people in attendance each weekend.
Renfrew Farmer’s Market: Entering their 49th season in operation at the Renfrew Fairgrounds, this market is bursting with wonderful vendors. They offer a variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, maple syrup, meats, baking and much more! Opening at 9:00 and running until 12:00pm every Saturday from May to Thanksgiving, this market is perfect for a Saturday morning trip into the Ottawa Valley.
All of these markets offer exceptional, local products. You’ll find something a bit different at each one. Share your Farmer’s Market purchases with me on Facebook and Instagram! I’d love to see what you were able to find.