Your next Maritime adventure might begin with a ferry ride, but it certainly won’t end there! Whether you’re travelling to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Portland, Maine, there’s an endless amount of local cuisine, culture, and colour for you to take in at one of the region’s many farmers’ markets. Here’s our list of seven fabulous farmers’ markets you have to visit as you make your way throughout the Maritimes and beyond!
Located in downtown Halifax’s Brewery Square—a 200-year-old heritage building—the Halifax Farmers’ Market is bustling with activity every Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm. Take a trip back in time as you stroll through the courtyards full of local farmers and artisans selling fresh produce, crafts, and more! And when you’re done shopping, don’t forget to try a delicious snack from one of the market’s many food vendors.
The Halifax Farmers’ Market expanded in 2010 to include the modern Seaport Farmers’ Market. Located alongside Pier 21—a National Historic Site of Canada—on the Halifax Waterfront, the Halifax Seaport Market hosts over 250 vendors all year round. Depending on the season, you’ll find a wide assortment of delicious local produce, food vendors slinging Nova Scotia staples, artisans offering products for people and pets alike, and more!
The Annapolis Valley is one of Nova Scotia’s most abundant and fertile regions, thanks to the complex dyke system created by Acadian settlers in the 17th Century. Nowhere is this more evident than when you’re strolling through the stocked stalls of the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. Located in a beautifully transformed turn-of-the-century apple warehouse, this year-round market hosts over 60 farmers, chefs, and artisans every Saturday (with additional Wednesday markets taking place from May until Christmas).
PEI is about more than potatoes, but you can bet you’ll find them in abundance at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market. This community hub offers incredible seafood, homemade baked goods, a fine selection of cheeses, delicious freshly prepared dishes, and local handicrafts that would make a perfect souvenir. The Charlottetown Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays year-round and Wednesdays from Mid-June through October.
As Canada’s oldest continuously running farmers’ market, Saint John City Market vendors have been serving and delighting customers since 1785! Today, this vibrant hub is a must-stop spot when you depart the Fundy Rose ferry in Saint John. Not only does the market offer mouth-watering local foods and dishes a tour through the Saint John City Market really showcases that you’re strolling through a piece of living history.
Since 1951, the Fredericton Boyce Market has been delighting visitors every Saturday morning with its wide range of seasonal produce, local cuisines, international dishes, and locally created arts and handicrafts. With more than 250 vendors filling this vibrant indoor/outdoor community space, the Fredericton Boyce Market is a must-visit spot to start your weekend adventure off on the right foot!
The Maritimes are home to many farmers’ markets, each offering a unique glimpse into the region’s vibrant communities. Planning to stop at a local farmers’ market is a great addition to any trip that includes a voyage on The CAT, the mv Fundy Rose, or the mv Confederation or mv Holiday Island. To learn more about adventures large and small awaiting you on Canada’s east coast, be sure to visit Explore the Maritimes today!