Grimsby Farmers Market
Toronto - September 13, 2021 - It was a gorgeous Thursday afternoon when my phone and emails were unusually quiet. Taking advantage of the last month of summer, I decided to get in my car, soak up the sun, and take a drive south past Hamilton to visit the Grimsby Farmers Market.
The Grimsby Farmers Market is about 5 minutes off of Queen Elizabeth Way. This drive south is one of my favourites, and one I have done numerous times whether it be a weekend in Niagara on the Lake or a day trip to Niagara Falls with the family. A stop in Grimsby is new to me, however, so I was delighted to be amidst a beautiful suburban neighborhood with gorgeous homes and people walking around in the summer sun. The farmers market itself is located in the parking lot of the Peach King Centre (I had no idea what this was either), which in fact is home to the town’s hockey team! I briefly entered the centre to use the facilities, and admired all of the photos they had of the team and the community. After doing some browsing, I made my way to the back of the lot towards the market.
The market was set up in a horseshoe shape, allowing for easy traffic flow, with live music playing to elevate the vibes and the experience. Vendors at the market included food markers, wineries, farmers, bakeries and more! However, the vast majority of the vendors were local farmers (which made me extremely regretful of the panic grocery shopping I did the day before due to a dinner party I was hosting). Though, I couldn’t resist and bought produce and delicious barbeque sauce anyways.
The market was established in response to a growing demand by the residents of Grimsby to enjoy the freshness of “home grown” products from the Niagara Region. Set up as a “Home Grown” Market, the vendors grow their own product and take the time to answer all the questions of the shoppers at the market.
The Grimsby Farmers Market runs every Thursday until Thanksgiving weekend from 2:00pm to 6:30pm. They also have an online store that allows you to purchase online and pick up at the market! For more information, visit their website.