7 Farmers’ Markets to try in HALIFAX
There’s not too many things better than autumn in Nova Scotia. The air gets crisp, the leaves start to change and best of all – the local produce options are practically endless. Locals all know that when the harvest starts rolling in fresh from the farmer’s fields the best place to head are the farmer’s markets. We hit up the ‘big three’ (the Seaport Farmers Market, the Brewery Farmers Market and the Alderney Landing Farmers Market) and then took some time to venture outside the city core to visit some other favourites. Here’s a run down of the markets not to miss:
1. Musquodobit Harbour Farmers Market
About a 30 minute drive from downtown, the community of Musquodobit Harbour hosts a small but mighty market in their community centre every Sunday. Offering everything from handmade woodworking, to fresh local vegetables and baked goods, the market in Musquodobit Harbour has a really Nova Scotian downhome feel. As an added bonus, I grabbed a couple of Bakehouse Cheese rolls from Dobbit Bakehouse and took the drive to Martinique Beach and had a snack on the white sands.
Location: 67 Park Road, Eastern Shore Community Centre
Hours: June to December – Sunday 9am – 1pm. January – May – Every second Sunday
2. Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market
The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is the most popular of all the markets, drawing the biggest crowds and offering the largest selection of vendors. No trip to the Seaport Farmers’ Market would be complete without a stop at Java Blend for some quality coffee.
Location: Pier 20, 1209 Marginal Road on the Halifax Waterfront
Hours: Monday – Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 7am-3pm, Sunday, 9am-3pm
3. Historic Farmers’ Market
The Historic Farmers’ Market – also known as the Brewery Market – is the original Halifax market. Housed in the Alexander Keith’s brewery on Lower Water Street, this market stretches through hallways and down to the actually lobby area of the Keith’s brewery, ensuring there’s always something lovely to see (and taste, and smell). When we visited, all of the farmers had their freshest produce on display, so I made sure to pick up locally grown kale and leeks, as well as some Kombucha from Pickled Pink. While healthy choices are always great – we couldn’t miss out on a sweet treat from the Doughnut Stand.
Location: 1496 Lower Water Street
Hours: Saturday 7am – 1pm
4. Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market
The Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market has really developed into it’s own bustling market in Dartmouth. Full of ready to eat foods (so we might have tried a different kind of doughnut from the Doughnut Stand this time..), as well as freshly baked bread, herbs, homemade preserves – you name it, they’ve got it. Make sure you bring a big basket to get it all home!
If the weather is nice, park your car by the Halifax Seaport Market, take a walk down the waterfront and hop the ferry over to Dartmouth. For only the price of a bus fare you’ll get to feel like you’re taking a mini cruise – and you’re dropped off right at the entrance to the market! Talk about convenient.
Location: Alderney Landing – 2 Octerloney Street
Hours: Saturday 8am – 1pm, Sunday 11am-3pm
5. The Vegetorium – Fall River
Offering all the essentials to support local business while helping you live a healthy lifestyle, the Vegetorium in Fall River is a one stop shop for free range eggs, vegetables, locally-roasted coffee and more. Make the drive out to the beautiful area and you won’t be disappointed – by the views or the food.
Location: 2900 Highway 2
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9am-6pm
6. Hammonds Plains Farmers’ Market
Designed to be an easy destination for those in the community to grab fresh local produce, meats and bakery items on the way home from work, as well as a means to support their local community, the Hammonds Plains Farmers’ Market runs on Thursday afternoons. While it features the usual farmers’ market food items, you can also except to find local woodworking, including screen doors fabricated from recycled lumber. Local and environmentally sustainable – we like it.
Location: 787 Kearney Lake Road
Hours: Thursday 2:30pm-6:30pm
7. Tantallon Village Farmers Market
The Tantallon Village Farmers Market is a real community affair, giving those that live in the area not only a place to support their local farmers and craftspeople, but also to connect with their neighbours. Want the full scoop on who you can expect at the Tantallon Market? Here’s a list.
Location: 5209 St. Margaret’s Bay Road (Redmond’s Shopping Plaza)
Hours: May through October – Tuesday 2pm – 6pm
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a farmers’ market is a great place to discover Nova Scotia. If you’re looking for more information on markets around the region, visit farmersmarketsofnovascotia.com.