Why settle for impersonal, ho-hum grocery shopping when you could get your weekly food from the Kitchener Market? There’s something about shopping in a market atmosphere that makes this chore seem fun again. Picking through fresh strawberries, grapes, and apples is also much more affordable here. Produce is not the only reason to visit, however! The regular events combined with a huge variety of vendors are what make the Kitchener Market an ideal destination.
Some vendors are open all week long, but it’s best to visit on Saturdays when the majority of vendors are open! Weave your way through rows of asparagus, berries, and avocado, or take a seat at one of the upstairs restaurants. There are many specialty booths at the Saturday market, including handmade perogies, samosas, or pastries. Sample fresh goats cheese, drop by the Taco Farm booth for some salsa verde, or buy some artisan chocolates. Take the healthy route with Organic Pantry and other organic booths, or stock up on honey and maple syrup! Beautiful potted and cut flowers are also available throughout the market. With so many options, you may find yourself leaving with more than you came for! See a full list of vendors here.
All kinds of events take place at the Kitchener Market. Although Downtown Live is over until next summer, it’s not uncommon to stumble upon a busker playing live music for a few tips! Now that Fall has arrived, cooking classes are back on track. This means you have the chance to make (and eat!) a new dish, and bring the recipe home with you for the future. Other events take place on a regular basis, and you can check upcoming events here!
What’s in Season?
If you’re looking for seasonal produce, look no further! Choose brussels sprouts, onions, bok choy, corn, field tomatoes, or zucchini, among other vegetables. For fruit, select cranberries, apples, pears or plums. For a full, updated list of what’s in season, check here. (Accurate at the time of posting, October 2016).