13 Ways to Get the Most Out of Farmers’ Markets Year-Round

Farmers’ markets can offer fresh, local produce and tasty artisanal fare. Here’s what you need to know before filling your basket with Canadian-grown goodness.

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1. Get to know the vendors at your local farmers’ markets

Not all farmers’ markets follow the same rules. Some are “producer only,” meaning they require vendors to grow or make the foods they offer; others allow suppliers to resell produce they buy elsewhere. To learn where your food is coming from, get to know your vendors, says Jay Howell of Brantview Apples & Cider in Saint George, Ont. “A lot of the growers are happy to promote their farms,” Howell says, “by offering farm visits or U-pick options.” Don’t miss these eight amazing apple-picking spots across Canada.