Once a fringe back-to-the-land grassroots movement, farmers' markets are considered eco-conscious necessities now that the public demands to know the provenance of the food they consume. An asterisk indicates markets that have undergone a rigorous certification process by the Farmers Markets Ontario group.
That doesn't mean that the other markets are fakes. They just haven't gone through the certification process.
Either way, we advise that you ask vendors the names of their farms and whether they grow their own products. Questions are always good.
DUFFERIN GROVE ORGANIC FARMERS' MARKET 875 Dufferin, south of Bloor, 416-392-0913. Toronto's largest organic market runs 3 to 7 pm year round in the park.
NEW EAST LYNN PARK FARMERS' MARKET 1949 Danforth, at East Lynn, 416-396-4864. 3 to 7 pm till October 30.
METRO HALL FARMERS' MARKET 55 John, at Wellington, 416-338-0338. 8 am to 2:30 pm till October 14.
BIRCHCLIFF VILLAGE FARMERS' MARKET 1512 Kingston Road, at Manderlay, 416-686-6528. Next to St. Nicholas Church, 2 to 7 pm, June 13 to October 10.
HIGH PARK FARMERS' MARKET beside the Grenadier Restaurant, .south of Bloor, 416-882-5140. Noon to 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 6 pm through late November.
BRICK WORKS FARMERS' MARKET 550 Bayview, south of Pottery Rd, 416-596-1495. In the Don Valley eco-centre, 8 am to 1 pm till December 13.
FARMERS' ORGANIC MARKET St. George the Martyr Church, John and Stephanie, 647-226-2418. Toronto's oldest organic gathering takes place from 9 am to 3 pm in south Grange Park year round.
GREEN BARN FARMERS' MARKET Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 611 St. Clair West, at Wychwood, 416-653-8546. 2 to 5 pm till October 25.
ST. LAWRENCE FARMERS' MARKET 92 Front East, at Jarvis, 416-392-7120. In the North Market from 5 am to 5 pm year round.
VILLAGE MARKET 9100 Bathurst, south of Rutherford, 905-707-5771. At the Toronto Waldorf School, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm year round.
WESTON VILLAGE FARMERS' MARKET 39 John, at Weston, 416-249-0691. In the GO station parking lot, 7 am to 2 pm till October 25.
WITHROW PARK FARMERS' MARKET 725 Logan, at McConnell. 9 am to 1 pm till October 25.
DISTILLERY DISTRICT FARMERS' MARKET 55 Mill, at Trinity, 905-604-0718. 10 am to 6 pm June 29 till October 12.
NEW LIBERTY VILLAGE FARMERS' MARKET East Liberty at Atlantic. In the parking lot from 9 am to 2 pm till November 2.
SORAUREN FARMERS' MARKET Sorauren at Wabash, www.westendfood.coop. In the park 3 to 7 pm till October 27.
SUNSHINE GARDEN ORGANIC MARKET CAMH Grounds, 1001 Queen West, at Ossington, 416-363-6441. 10 to 11:30 am Mondays and Thursdays from July 7 to October 13. If Monday is a holiday, the market happens Tuesday.
RIVERDALE FARM FARMERS' MARKET Riverdale Park west, Winchester at Sumach, 416-961-8787. 3 to 7 pm till October 28.
NEW HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN FARMERS' MARKET 555 University, at Elm, 416-813- 1500. In Mary Pickford Parkette 9 am to 2 pm, June 3 to October 28.
STONEGATE FARMERS' MARKET St. James Anglican Church, 194 Park Lawn Rd., at the Queensway, 416-231-7070. 4 to 7 pm, June 24 to October 28.
TRINITY BELLWOODS FARMERS' MARKET Dundas West at Crawford, 416-350-9694. In the park 3 to 7 pm till October 28.
NEW ANNEX FARMERS' MARKET Lippincott south of Bloor. In the parking lot 3 to 7 pm till October 29.
TORONTO CITY HALL FARMERS' MARKET Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen West, at Bay, 416-338-0338. 8:30 am to 2:30 pm till October 15.