Whenever I come across websites that list farmers markets in Niagara, there is always one market missing. While it’s seasonal and smaller than many other regional markets, the Ridgeway Farmers Market is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area on a Saturday morning.
On my visit this past Saturday, there was a wide variety of food being offered by local farms within a few kilometres, regional farms and area restaurants. Produce, baked goods and sausages filled stall tables. A local greenhouse had bedding plants on offer. And a violinist played at the market entrance. On an earlier visit, there were a few stalls with crafters, but this time, the market had a real focus on food.
The market is situated downtown in a municipal parking lot at the junction of the main street (Ridge Road) and the well-used recreational trail. There were lots of people at the market this weekend but I’d hazard a guess that most of them arrived in cars and not via the trail because there weren’t many parking spots left on the street.
To get the best selection and be sure that all vendors are still present, visit the market well before noon — it opens at 7 a.m. — despite the sign saying it runs until 1 p.m.
Dispatches from the South, written by Erin Wilson, features local food and agriculture stories from south Niagara.