Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network / Réseau agroalimentaire de l'Est ontarien

Local Food Markets in Eastern Ontario

Find wonderful local food markets in eastern Ontario, specifically Prescott-Russell, Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, Cornwall, Akwesasne, and the center/east/south of Ottawa.

Buying local food builds the local economy for mutual prosperity. It supports small scale family farms and food artisans. It grounds you in local identity and flavours. It creates bonds and relationships between producers and consumers.

In this photo, two members of the EOAN, Vergers Villeneuve and Jambel Cuisine, attend the Ottawa Farmers Market at Lansdowne. The photo is courtesy of the Ottawa Farmers Market.

Here is an extract of the Eastern Ontario local food map feature farmers' markets, multi-vendor markets, and community markets. 

Local food markets are available in different configurations:

  • A farmers' market has a legal recognition by the local public health unit under the Ontario Food Safety Regulations. Only a legitimate farmers' market can use the term "farmers' market". The majority of vendors must be genuine farmers selling their own produce. The balance of vendors can be non-farm food vendors, restaurants, crafts, and other businesses. Each farmers' market then adopts further operating rules that determine other types of businesses among the non-farm vendors, such as resellers. A farmers' market has the unique advantage of being the only place where uninspected kitchens can sell prepared foods to the public.
  • A public market is any other multi-vendor market that does not have a majority of genuine farmers. They are therefore not farmers' markets and cannot use the term "farmers' market". You will find some farmers, plus resellers, crafts, and prepared foods. A public market cannot have uninspected kitchens selling prepared food to the public.
  • A community market is a broad category of privately owned retail spaces, hubs, consignment stores, and home delivery services that promote local food and local farmers. While they work collaboratively and transparently  with local farms and food artisans, they act as a retailer and they resell local products. They are therefore not farmers' market and cannot use the term "farmers' market". Such a retailer cannot offer prepared foods from uninspected kitchens.

Read this business case about deciding to attend a farmers market, published in February 2021 in the Eastern Ontario AgriNews.