Think farmer’s markets are for summer? Think again. Our black bears may go into hibernation for the winter, but New Brunswick growers, bakers, farmers, and artisans won’t let a little weather get in the way of our beloved market tradition. They’re such a part of the local culture that it just wouldn’t feel right to pack things up once the snow flies (it’s one of the reasons we’re excited for winter).
Here are some markets to check out during your winter visit. And remember, the early bird gets the worm (or in this case the seafood, veggies, pastries, cheese, homemade gifts... you get the idea.)
1. MONCTON MARKET
When: Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., year round
Where: 120 Westmorland St., Moncton
What we like: The flavours of the countryside smack-dab in the heart of downtown (plus a food court brimming with multicultural delights).
2. DIEPPE MARKET
When: Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., year round
Where: 232 Gauvin Rd., Dieppe
What we like: Acadian specialties and a relaxed atmosphere with friendly vendors. Here’s your chance to try poutine râpée.
3. WATER STREET FARMERS MARKET
When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until December 23 (reopens February 3)
Where: 1 Ellis St., Miramichi
What we like: The small-town feel perfectly encapsulates the friendly nature of this famous fishing region.
4. FREDERICTON BOYCE FARMERS MARKET
When: Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. year round
Where: 665 George St., Fredericton
What we like: The wide (and tempting) array of foods, goods and crafts from over 250 local suppliers. And the famous samosas!
5. SAINT JOHN CITY MARKET
When: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round
Where: 47 Charlotte St., Saint John
What we like: The fact that it’s the oldest continuing market in North America is pretty cool. So is the free live music every Saturday and the fact that the roof resembles the inverted keel of a ship.
6. SACKVILLE FARMERS MARKET
When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., year round
Where: The Sackville Commons, 64 Main St.
What we like: One of the oldest farmer’s markets in New Brunswick, it’s got a great small-town feel plus yummy international fare, from sushi to Chinese and Indian food. Its winter quarters are in Sackville’s former fire hall.
7. WOODSTOCK FARM AND CRAFT MARKET
When: Monday through Thursday & Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 220 King St., Woodstock
What we like: The Saint John River corridor is known for its cultural heritage, and the huge selection of creative art and craft items capitalizes on this. Don’t miss the Friday breakfast and lunch specials, too.
8. RESTIGOUCHE FARMERS’ MARKET
When: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until December 23; reopens January 13
Where: 357 Miller Blvd, Dalhousie
What we like: The variety of breakfasts at this little market come complete with a big ecological and community awareness.
9. FREDERICTON CULTURAL MARKET
When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., year round
Where: 28, Saunders St., Fredericton
What we like: Friendly faces and delicious flavours from around the world, including Indian, Syrian, Afghan, Japanese, Mexican, Philippine, Ukrainian and even... Canadian foods and crafts.
10. KREDL’S CORNER MARKET
When: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. , year round
Where: 1171 Main St., Hampton
What we like: The huge selection of organic products, fresh baked goods, and delish cookhouse meals from a community of 150 local producers. Yes, please.
11. NEWCASTLE FARMERS MARKET
When: Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; open all year, with a break in January
Where: 481 King George Hwy, Miramichi
What we like: The small-town feel of this friendly market whose vendors have welcoming smiles and delicious offerings.
12. DAIRYTOWN INDOOR MARKET
When: Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., year round
Where: 75 Magnolia Ave., Sussex
What we like: The full service bakery, international food court, antique mall, local producers’ fresh wares, and always-there specialty shops. Additional vendors on the weekend.
13. STUDIO 2’S DOWNTOWN MARKET
When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., year round
Where: 125 Main St., Bathurst
What we like: The traditional farmers market breakfast, upcycled knits, Zen boutique and home-baked goods at this community market that turns into a live performance venue at night.
14. SUGARLOAF COMMUNITY MARKET
When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., year round
Where: 312, Val d’Amour Rd., Atholville
What we like: The authentic crafty market vibe in a convenient mall location. Stock up on fresh products, home-made treats and chocolate (the dainty, miniature cheesecakes are a must) and artisan creations while enjoying great food and live entertainment.
15. FREDERICTON NORTHSIDE MARKET
When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., year round
Where: 311 St. Mary’s St., Fredericton
What we like: The close proximity to Killarney Lake Park makes this a great stop before outdoor adventure. Enjoy a meal of local and international specialties (ever tried Ethiopian food?), then work it off with cross-country skiing or winter walking on the beautiful trails at Killarney.
For more places to find local food and crafts by New Brunswick producers and artisans, visit Buy New Brunswick.
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