St. Catharines Farmers Market

Operating Thursdays and Saturdays year round. 

As the City continues efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19, the St. Catharines Farmers Market will operate on Thursdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with offering one entrance and one exit to the market with one direction foot traffic flow. Customer maximum occupancy of  50% in stage two of the reopening plan is set by the provincial government.  Food consumption is restricted to the picnic table area and the public is asked to fill out the contact tracing sheet when using. No food consumption is permitted in vendor areas.

Safety protocols are in place to protect the health and safety of market patrons and vendors. Please check out the 'COVID-19 and the St. Catharines Farmers Market' information below for more information on safety efforts.

About the St. Catharines Farmers Market

 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
  • At any time, entrance to the Farmers Market will be paused if congestion occurs.
  • 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 and surgical masks will all be considered acceptable face coverings
  • No handling or sampling of food will be permitted
  • Maintaining a safe physical separation of two metres from other customers, including in the entry line
  • Distancing and traffic-flow lines will be clearly marked outside and inside the market
  • Reduced occupancy to ensure the maintenance of two metres physical separation between patrons

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. Note that not all vendors are able to do electronic transactions. ATM's are closely located within a short walking distance on King St.
  • 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. Niagara Region Public Health requires one way traffic flow of the Market and one entrance / exit. 

 

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:

  • Farm fresh produce and eggs
  • Baked goods including Vegan, Gluten Free and Keto options
  • Pasture raised / hormone free meats including pork, chicken and beef 
  • Honey and Preserves
  • Cheese and Cured meats
  • Fresh cut flowers and potted plants
  • Gourmet spices and sauces

Buy local, eat fresh!

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

Market Vendors

For more information on vendor availability email the City's Market Coordinator or submit an online vendor application which can be found further below.

To find out more information about a vendor, click on the hyperlink when available.

When a vendor is listed as MyPick Verified, you can be sure you’re getting just–picked freshness from the grower’s own farm, and are helping support local agriculture. MyPick Verified Local Farmer Program – Farmers' Markets Ontario

* Vendor in attendance May to October on Saturday's only. All other vendors are year round on Saturday's only unless otherwise indicated.

Farmers / Growers

Bry-Anne Farms * (Thursdays and Saturdays) MyPick Verified

DeVries Fruit Farm *

Flower Hill Farm (Thursdays and Saturdays) MyPick Verified

FortyMile Creek FarmMyPick Verified

Grumpy's Greens * MyPick Verified

HerbsCrafters (Thursdays)

Just Peachy Farm * (Thursdays and Saturdays)

Kasha's Sow Farm * (returning summer 2021)

Klassen Hobby Farm *

Neufeld Family Farm (Thursdays and Saturdays) MyPick Verified

Niagara Honey (Thursdays and Saturdays)

Pete's Meats (Thursdays and Saturdays) MyPick Verified

Porpiglia Farm * (Thursdays and Saturdays) MyPick Verified

Root Haven Farm *

Skyland Farm 

Sunshine Gardeners (Thursdays)

Surman Grove * (Thursdays and Saturdays)

Town and Country Farms

Viniki Farms and Greenhouses (Thursdays and Saturdays)

 

Prepared Foods

Cimra Sauces (Somalian based recipes)

Fiesta Empanada (Filipino - Vegetarian options)

MaGhana Home Touch (African - Vegetarian options)

Monsieur Crêpe Supérieure (Thursdays and Saturdays - Vegetarian options)

Niagara Samosas Factory (Thursdays and Saturdays - Ethiopian, Vegan)

RioLargo (Caribbean sauce) 

Soups & Things (Thursdays and Saturdays - Soups to go / Food Truck on Saturdays w/burgers, fries 'n more)

Tamales Mexico (Thursdays - Gluten Free)

TJ Meats (Thursday and Saturdays - Grilled meats on a bun)

Tonami (Thursdays and Saturdays - Lebanese, Vegetarian options)

 

Bakers

Chocolate Expressions

Con Gusto Artisan Bakery (Thursdays and Saturdays - Jewish Bread options)

Flour Child Bakery

Hinty's Baking (Thursdays and Saturdays - Vegan, GF, Keto options)

Niagara Food Co.

Ozlem's Magic Carpet (Thursdays and Saturdays - Vegan & GF) 

 

Artisans

Cards by Karen (returning July)

Dragonfly Bubbles (Thursdays)

The Mystery Spot (Thursdays and Saturdays)

Soothing Petals (Thursdays and Saturdays)

Zima Artworks 

 

Beverage

Between the Lines Winery (Saturdays Nov-Apr)

Collective Arts Brewing (Thursdays - hard cider/canned cocktails/spirits)

Crazy D's All Natural Labs (7/10, 9/11, 9/19)

King's Court Estate Winery *

Limited Distilling Co. 

P N E Food Stuff (Locally roasted coffee from Rusty Cactus)

Rockway Vineyards (Thursdays)

The Exchange Brewery (Thursdays and Saturdays - beer)

Vulies Tea and Cafe (loose leaf tea, iced tea, locally roasted coffee from Vulies)

 

Meats

Dettweiler's Sausage (3/31, 6/5, 9/18, 12/11)

F&M Meats (pork, poultry, breakfast sandwiches)

P&E Foods (cured meats)

Pete's Meats (Thursdays and Saturdays - beef, fish, pork, lamb) MyPick Verified

TJ Meats (cured meats, smoked sausage)

 

Other

Cheese Secrets

Crystal Creations by Dale (Thursdays and Saturdays)

Niagara Blooms and Bounty (fresh cut flowers, plants)

P n E Food Stuff (Thursdays and Saturdays - coffee (Thurs), 0 waste, salsa, tortilla chips)

 

 

 

 

Location 

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

Events 

Community Care Food Drive - Look for the Community Care barrel at the market entrance to drop off your non perishable food items and B2S items June until September on Thursday's and Saturday's. Most needed food items include:

  • canned proteins (tuna, flaked ham & poultry)
  • canned/dry potatoes
  • rice & sauce
  • canned vegetables
  • canned stew
  • men's hygiene
  • Infant Diapers (Size 5 and up ONLY please)

School might just be wrapping up for the season but the Back2School community program is just beginning for the 2021/2022 school year. School items include backpacks, stationary items, new shoes

Market Discovery Table - Come visit the Market Discovery Table every Saturday from June 12th to October 23rd 8:30am - 12:00pm in the outside market area (weather permitting) This FREE interactive table features local farmers & growers as a vendor of the day,, recipe cards, take home crafts for the kids and more. Learn where your food comes from, how it is produced and its nutritional value. While at the table fill out a ballot to win market products! No purchase necessary with two ways to win. A daily draw takes place at 12 noon for an opportunity to win the product of the day from the features vendor and a monthly draw takes place the 1st Saturday of the month at 12 noon for a market basket valued over $75.00. No purchase necessary, one ballot per person. Your Market Discovery Table where fun things happen!

Music in the Square - featuring local artists every Saturday from July 3, until Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (weather permitting).

PerformerDate
Tim Atherton  July 10
 Robert Alfieri July 17 
 Barley Brae July 24 
 Rusty Jacob July 31 
 B4 Midnight Aug 7 
 Winston Aug 14 
 PUBJUGS Aug 21 
 Daryl Gray Aug 28 
 Jessica Wilson Sept 4 
 Alex Andrews Sept 11 
 The Moonlighters Sept 18 
 Cory Cruise Sept 25 
 The O'Deadlys Oct 2 
 Vox Violin Oct 9 
 Berger Blake Goold Oct 16 
 Avenue Inn Oct 23 

 

What's in Season

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

Vendor Applications and Stall Rental Rates

Farmers Market Stall Rental Rates

 

Indoor Stall Size - 8' x 8'

Outdoor Stall Size - 10' x 10'

Thursday Stall Rate - $14.00

Saturday Stall Rate - $27.00

Hydro Fee - $1.75 to $3.50 per stall

 

Stall Rate Discounts* 

25% discount attending 2 days / week

45% discount MYPICK Verified / Organic Certified Farmers**

  • *Subject to 85% attendance rate
  • **Subject to MyPick.ca verification / Organic Certification
  • Vendors are billed 2x a year -start of the Spring market season and Fall market season with monthly payment options.

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 2021 spring/summer session.

Apply now to be a spring/summer Farmers' Market vendor

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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