Kingston Public Market
The downtown farmers’ market is in the heart of the city, and it’s the epicenter for local food in Kingston.
Some cities can boast about a year round, indoor market. While we are currently lacking in that regard we can lay claim to the oldest farmers’ market in Ontario, ours having been established in 1801.
The market is run by the city and the Kingston Public Market Vendors Association. It takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the market square behind City Hall (at the corner of Brock and Kings Street East).
Tuesdays and Thursday tend to be a little quiet, especially in the spring and fall months.
Saturday is the day the market really shines. Buskers provide live music, the Local Food Local Chefs initiative often does live cooking demonstrations, and there are frequent children’s activities set up for the younger market goers.
You can find almost every local food producer at the downtown farmer’s market. Fruits, veggies, eggs, meats, handmade crafts, jams, jellies, flowers, plants, it’s all there.
The official hours are 6 am to 6 pm, but the vendors are usually set up for selling by 8:30 and most of them start to pack up by 4.
We’re lucky to live within walking distance to the market and a quick stop off at Pan Chancho Bakery on the way provides us with fresh bread and the world’s most decadent croissants. (I’m afraid I’ve spoiled the little one’s palate beyond repair).
With its central location you can easily make a day of it, or if you have other obligations (really who doesn’t?) the market is easy to navigate and once you figure out whose stall you prefer to frequent it’ll be as quick as running to the grocery store.
They have recently redone their website (kingstonpublicmarket.ca) and it has a ton of information about vendors and what produce is in season.