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St. Catharines Farmers Market, Eat Fresh, Buy Local

After several weeks of closure due to the impact of COVID-19, the St. Catharines Farmers Market will reopen on May 23, from 8 a.m. to noon. In the immediate future the market will be open only one day a week, on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to noon, with several safety measures to protect the health of vendors and patrons as we continue efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please check out the information below for more information on safety efforts, and new ways to shop online with market vendors.

 COVID-19 and the St. Catharines Farmers Market

 

Newly-introduced requirements and safety actions for customers include:

  • Admittance of only one customer at a time, pairs or groups are asked to have only one individual enter the market
  • No more than 16 customers being admitted to the market at any given time
  • Requiring of customers to sanitize their hands before entry
  • All customers and vendors must wear a face mask or covering due to limitations on other typical preventative measures such as sneeze guards. Wrapped scarves, bandanas, surgical masks and face shields will all be considered acceptable face coverings
  • No handling or sampling of food will be permitted; vendors will set up a display table to showcase their products but sale items will be stored behind the table for completion of customer orders
  • Maintaining a safe physical separation of two metres from other shoppers, including in the entry line
  • Distancing and traffic-flow lines will be clearly marked outside and inside the market
  • Reusable bags will not be permitted for the time being

Vendors will also face a host of new restrictions and protocols to help limit the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Mandatory use of face masks
  • Preferred use of electronic payments, cash payments will require a second individual whose sole duty will be handling of cash
  • Maintaining a two-metre separation with patrons and fellow vendors who do not reside in their household
  • Prepackaging of products when possible
  • Hand washing / sanitization after every transaction
  • Frequent sanitization of surfaces
  • Self-assessment for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms

Market patrons will be directed on a set path through the market to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. Check out our Market Map for more information.

As part of the reopening the market will introduce a new online shopping portal, a feature that will continue even after COVID-19 restrictions ease. Shoppers can head online and fill their virtual shopping cart with an array of meats, cheeses, produce, artisan items and more from all their favourite market vendors. Their completed orders can be picked up at the market during open hours.

Since the early 1860s the St. Catharines Farmers Market has delivered the best Niagara grows, bakes and makes to the centre of the city.

Buy fresh, local foods and hand made items and take in the opportunity to talk with those who grow and produce the meats, fruits, veggies and baked goods that end up on the plate. The market provides a chance to eat fresh, shop local and learn from those in the know.

Niagara's bounty is on sale at the market, with offerings including:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Baked goods
  • Fresh meats including pork, chicken, beef and fish
  • Ethnic foods
  • Honey and Preserves
  • Cured meats
  • Fresh cut flowers
  • Potted plants
  • Gourmet spices
  • Cheese and dairy products

Buy local, eat fresh!

St. Catharines Farmers Market has it all - visit us for a list of upcoming Market Square Events.  

Please note that pets are not allowed inside the Farmers Market. This regulations is set by Provincial legislation and enforced by Public Health.

Location 

Market Square, 91 King St., corner of King and James streets

What's in Season

Check out the Foodland Ontario Availability Guide for what's fresh.

Market Vendors

(Online Only = www.openfoodnetwork.ca/groups)

(** = March - December)

(*** = May - October)

MyPick verified farmers is your assurance that Farmers' Markets Ontario has visited the farmers and has verified that they’re selling only what they produced. You know you’re buying directly from the farmer / producer — and are doing your part to ensure the future of agriculture in your area.

For more information about MyPick visit: https://www.farmersmarketsontario.com/mypick-new/

Fruits & Vegetables 

Bakery

Meats and Cheeses

Prepared Foods

Refreshments / VQA Wine Sales

Flowers and Plants

Artisans / Crafters

Specialty

Other

  • Crystal Creations by Dale (Online Only)

Occasional Vendors

 

Andrzejewski Pierogis

Card Creations by Karen

Dettweiller Sausage (Quarterly Attendance)

Hansmade Toys (November-December)

JSBenchworks

Papas Charcuterie Boards

T's Meat Shop (Drug & Hormone Free, Saturdays - Jan-Apr)

 

Vendor Applications and Stall Rental Rates

Farmers Market Stall Rental Rates

 

Stall Size - 8' x 8'

Tuesday Stall Rate - $14.00

Thursday Stall Rate - $14.00

Saturday Stall Rate - $27.00

Hydro Fee - additional 15%

 

Stall Rate Discounts* 

25% discount attending 2 days / week

45% discount attending 3 days / week

45% discount MYPICK Vertified / Organic Certified Farmers**

  • *Subject to 85% attendance rate
  • **Subject to MyPick.ca vertification / Organic Certification
  • Lease Holders are billed bi-annually
  • Non Lease Holders are billed monthly

Note: Discounts are not combinable

Farmers Market Stall Applications, By-laws and Resources

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the St. Catharines Farmers Market, applications are now being accepted for Farmers/Producers for the 2020 Spring / Summer session. Farmers Market Vendor Application

Please note: given space limitations and the need for variety, the St. Catharines Market Square must consider the balance of the products and diversity being offered.  Therefore, the market composition will be determined at the discretion of the Clerk.

Vendor Rules and Regulations

Vendor Selection Criteria

Market Square Bylaw

Public Health Farmers Market Food Vendor Application All vendors selling prepared foods, raw foods including meats must be in compliance with Public Health prior to starting at the market.

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