Located just a ten minute drive from Waterloo, the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market has something to offer just about everyone. This sprawling market has plenty of variety to choose from. What’s more, it’s open year round! You’ll never have to go without Waterloo Region’s staples of summer sausage and maple syrup again. The market has been running since April 1975.
×At the Farmers’ Market, the multitude of choice is almost overwhelming. Buy fresh produce, sausages, or venture indoors to sample a hearty meal. Fresh fish, baskets heaping with apples or tomatoes, wine, corn on the cob, and honey are just a few things you can expect to see. The vendors will help you sample their wonderful products. Everything you try here is bound to be delicious. However, we’ve put together a list of things you just can’t miss!
○Apple fritters: These delicious donuts by The Fritter Co. are famous. Arrive early to skip the lines, or come prepared to wait a few minutes to receive your very own box (or two!)
○Oktoberfest sausage: No matter who you’re buying from, these are sure to become a fast favourite. Load yours up with fresh sauerkraut or honey mustard!
○Maple syrup: This goes without saying. Fresh, rich, and authentic, this “real deal” syrup will guarantee you never buy Aunt Jemima’s ever again!
○Stroopwafel: This dutch dessert is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth! Made from 2 thin waffle cookies with sweet syrup sandwiched between, stroopwafel are delicate and satisfying.
○Summer sausage: Again, this one is a no brainer. Summer sausage is a Waterloo Region specialty, and the thick, canvas wrapped variety available at the market is sure to be unlike any lunch meat grade sausage you’ve bought from the grocery store.
Things to do
×Although, in our opinion, food is the real reason to visit this market, there are plenty of other reasons to go. Bundles of yarn, unique woodworks, locally made quilts, and henna tattoos are just a few non-edible options. If you go with kids in tow, they’re sure to beg for a pony ride or a turn in the bouncy castle. There are also plenty of cows, bunnies, goats, and sheep to say hello to. Browse through the flea market and pick up a few unique trinkets! While you’re there, visit the St. Jacobs factory outlet across the street.
×The St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 7am-3:30pm.