Five Fresh Farmers’ Markets in Orillia & Lake Country

Five Fresh Farmers’ Markets in Orillia & Lake Country

The summer farmers’ market season is here, and Orillia & Lake Country’s farmers and vendors have been hard at work to offer the best in locally sourced food and products. Farmers’ Markets have been a long-standing tradition for farmers and local vendors to share healthy food harvested within a short drive, with everything you need enjoy that farm to table experience at home. We are fortunate to have several great farmers’ markets throughout our region with their own special charm and character.  Check out these five fresh markets for the best in local flavours and gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.

Oro-Medonte Farmers’ Market

When: Opening: Canada Day Friday, July 1st 10am – 4pm
Regular Market: Thursdays from July to October, 2pm – 7pm
Final Market: Thanksgiving Weekend Saturday, October 8th 10am – 6pm

Where: Oro-Medonte Fairgrounds 80 Sideroad 15 & 16 E, Oro Station, ON

Stop by the Oro Fairgrounds Thursdays this summer for this new and exciting market as a partnership between the Oro-Medonte Chamber of Commerce and the Oro Agricultural Society. The market welcomes families to come and support shopping local as a community event that will bring people together. Not everyone can be an early riser, so this afternoon and evening market is a great stop when heading up to the cottage or to pick up what you need for a home-grown lunch or dinner.

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Orillia Farmers’ Market

When: Year Round, Saturdays from 8:00am – 12:30pm

Where: 36 Mississaga St W by the Orillia Public Library

Located in downtown Orillia, the Orillia Farmers’ Market is one of the longest running markets in the province, with its beginnings in 1842. This summer’s market features over 30 vendors with more than 50% of them being new to the market. There is a wide variety of vendors, including gluten free baked goods, young entrepreneurial vendors, and recently local breweries have been invited to the market as well.

As an added bonus this summer, there will be three Friday Night Markets running July 8th, July 22nd, and August 12th. Stroll through Downtown Orillia as part of the city’s Friday night #SeeYouOnThePatio program, and be sure to stop by the Orillia Farmers’ Market exciting night markets!

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Coldwater Mill Farmers’ Market

When: Fridays, 3:00pm – 7:00pm from the beginning of June until Thanksgiving.

Where: 1 Mill Street, Coldwater, ON by the Musical Barn of the Coldwater Mill

In the quaint village of Coldwater, this small local outdoor market has been operating for many years on the property of the historic Coldwater Mill, built in 1833. The market provides locally grown products for residents and many cottagers to the area. The market’s opening in May traditionally aligns with the popular Lions’ Club Duck Race and the season runs through to the beautiful fall colours of Thanksgiving weekend.

The market offers a variety of products including local fresh and organic produce, herbs, baking, preserves, honey, maple syrup, beef, pork and chicken. Also, be sure to check out the Coldwater Mill’s Local Artisan Boutique featuring more than 35 vendors inside the mill with COVID guidelines in place. Want to stay for lunch? Grab a bite on Riverside Hideway’s patio after you’ve picked up your #MarketHaul.

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Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market

When: Year round, Saturdays 8am-1pm

Where: ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Rd, Severn, ON

ODAS Park, just outside of Orillia, boasts more than 40 producers and farmers who “make it, bake it, or grow it” so you don’t have to. City meets country at the Orillia Fairgrounds ODAS Park. Local farmers, fresh fruit and vegetables, baked good, honey, artisans and live music!

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Washago & District Lions Club Farmers’ Market

When: June to Thanksgiving weekend, Fridays from 11am – 5pm

Where: 4361 Hamilton St, Washago, ON, at Lions Hall

Another one of the newer markets in our area, the Washago & District Lions Club Farmers’ Market features fresh produce and other locally raise food, unique arts and crafts as well as BBQ and live music.

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What will your #MarketHaul look like? Share your experience by tagging @OrilliaLakeCountry and support local markets this summer!

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