The Aurora Farmers' Market
Toronto - June 17th, 2021 - It was a Saturday morning in late May as I drove north towards Aurora. Following the past weekend visiting the farmers’ market in Milton, I was so excited to visit the next market of the season: the Aurora Farmers’ Market. Though excited, I didn't know of the beauty that laid ahead.
On Wellington Street, a main artery in Aurora, I made a quick right on an almost-hidden road. I was taken aback by the quaintness and elegance of this little subdivision: homes that could have been plucked out of a fairytale, large lots, smiling neighbors walking and waving at one another, all situated around a beautiful, large park that was home to the Aurora Farmers’ Market. As I approached the entrance of the market, I was lucky to find a parking spot nearby only because most people travelled by foot. Otherwise, I found myself in quite the lineup to get into the actual market. However, the sun was shining and everyone around me exuded positive vibes, with children playing at the on-site park and families sharing meals at picnic benches. Needless to say, the time flew and before I knew it I was at the front of the line.
Upon entering the market, there are two rows of vendors on either side of the entrance. The vendors include different food vendors and artisans, with an array of products for sale. Vendors included La Bréhandaise Market with fresh made crepes for guests to enjoy, The Hot Samosas bringing an incredible aroma to the market, Flossy’s Flower Truck whose cute-as-can-be display is hard to miss, and Tableaux by Jo whose beautiful art had me oohing and awing. At the end of these rows, the market opens up into a larger space where different farmers have their booths set up, selling seasonal fruits and vegetables. I was so excited to have access to some of the farms that have been on my bucket list like 19th Avenue Farm Market.
The Aurora Farmers Market began in 2002 in the parking lot of Temperance. At that time, there were only about six vendors. Gradually the market grew and more varied vendors joined and eventually the fledgling market moved to new quarters on Wells St. and Town Park. Today, there are approximately forty vendors at any given time, including farmers, food vendors, artisans and community groups. With a children's craft every Saturday, and special events and entertainment monthly, the Aurora Farmers’ Market should absolutely be on your to-do list this summer. I can’t wait to visit again.
To learn more, visit their website!