Bringing the farm to the heart of the city since 1878, The Horton Farmers' Market is a vibrant weekly market open from May through October in Downtown St. Thomas.
Horton is a producer-based market focusing on locally grown and produced foods and artisan goods. Vendors are welcomed from a radius of 60km to support keeping dollars local. The vendors are small business people and farmers - no resellers here.
While there are a number of vendors who attend the market every week, there is always something new to discover, be it seasonal produce coming on - early spring boasts asparagus and rhubarb while the fall offers squash and apples - or those who pop up at the market occasionally. Attending the market each Saturday can always be a fresh experience.
For me, The Horton Farmers' Market became a part of my summer routine a few years ago - When dollars were tight, I'd bring my $20 budget and spread it around as much as possible each week in order to sample EVERYTHING - because it truly is tough to make choices sometimes when you face so much fresh and delicious food.
From staples like Lotus Thai and new vendors like Plaza Sushi or breakfast options from The Ice Box - there are options to eat on-site enjoying a bite at one of the stunning new picnic tables - each painted by a different artist.
Bountiful produce options offer faithful favourites and the opportunity to discover fruits and vegetables that might be new to you. A benefit of shopping at a farmers' market is the chance to chat with the growers to learn more about the produce available and they can often share recipe ideas to get you started.
Market highlights include grabbing a coffee from Streamliners at the market to sip while you stroll the aisles, a pastry from La Houlette Da Vie (the wait is worth it), Whole Grain Hearth or The Welsh Baker, and veggies from Our Fields. We opted for a cool-down treat from Paleta Passion which offers a variety of both milk and water-based flavours of traditional Mexican Style popsicles. This week also had me BBQing Uncle Dad's Pizza and sniffing Lilacs from Harris Flower Farm. The hard salami from B&C Farms is a household favourite and your lactose-intolerant friends will thank you for a visit to Great Lakes Goat Dairy.
But frankly, this is just scratching the surface of what can be discovered each week from berries to cherries, new potatoes to peas, craft beer to canned goods, the list goes on.
The market is rain or shine with vendors under pavilions or indoors to protect them and shoppers both - the market team also activates the morning with live music and family-friendly activities each week.
Circle Saturday Mornings from 8am - Noon until October 29 this year to make the Horton Farmers' Market a regular part of your weekend routine!
If You Go 🍓
The Horton Farmers' Market is located at 10 Manitoba St. 1/2 block North of Talbot. There is parking available onsite and on the street. Follow along on social media or sign up for the Horton Newsletter for regular updates about what's happening each weekend at hortonfarmersmarket.ca
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