Five reasons to visit the farmers market this winter

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St. Catharines Farmers' Market

Winter is the perfect time to visit the St. Catharines Farmers Market! The weather is cool, the produce is fresh and the atmosphere is festive. You’re going to find all sorts of seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as homemade jams, jellies and other pantry staples. Do you love fresh-baked breads and pies, local honey and handmade crafts? The St. Catharines Farmers Market is a great way to enjoy some of the freshest Niagara-made foods around.

Need a little more motivation to get out to the farmers market during cold and blustery days? Here are five reasons Winter is the perfect time for a visit to the St. Catharines Farmers Market.

Winter produce is delicious

Winter produce is really good!

Winter might not be the most obvious time of year for fresh produce, but there are actually a ton of great fruits and veggies in season during the winter months such as locally grown apples, potatoes, carrots, squash and so much more. Check out Foodland Ontario’s availability guide to see what else is in season for help making your shopping list.

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You can find unique gifts, such as fancy cheeses, small batch jams and more

If you’re looking for something unique and special, why not give a gift made in Niagara? There are so many great options available, from Niagara honey to handmade preserves to locally roasted coffee to artisan cheese. There are even unique handcrafted items that will be cherished for years to come. So, when you’re looking to gift something a little different, you’ll be sure to find a great selection of artisan gifts that are available.

Meet the growers at the St. Catharines Farmers Market

It’s easy to get to know the growers, producers and artisans

While the farmers market is a great place to buy fresh, locally grown food, it’s also a great place to meet new people and learn about different cultures. The people working the stalls at the St. Catharines Farmers Market are always happy to answer questions about their foods and products, share recipes and cooking techniques and even chat about some of the history behind what they do for a living.

Winter markets are typically indoors, so you don’t have to worry about the weather

Winter markets are a great way to get fresh, locally-grown produce, even in the middle of winter. The St. Catharines Farmers Market is indoors so you don’t have to worry about the weather. Just dress warmly and enjoy browsing the stalls for the best of Niagara’s bounty.

Farmers markets are a great way to support local farmers and businesses

Since the early 1860s, the St. Catharines Farmers Market has been a vibrant scene offering a thrilling farm-to-table experience. It’s also been an important part of the local economy – when you buy from the farmers market you are directly supporting the farmers and businesses who sell there. And with pricing comparable to grocery stores and supermarkets, as well as specialty items you won’t find anywhere else, shopping at the farmers market is a great way to make the most of your food budget, support the local community and agriculture sector.

So, next time you’re looking for something to do on a cold winter day, bundle up head downtown to the St. Catharines Farmers Market and enjoy winter at the market.

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