York Region is home to a vibrant and thriving agriculture and agri-food sector. The local agri-food value chain includes farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, restaurants and other food service organizations working to provide quality products to residents and businesses.
Eating locally grown and produced food is the best way to support this important sector, and the York Farm Fresh map is your guide to finding a wide variety of delicious food in your own backyard. It lists 38 farms, farmers’ markets and driving routes to help you easily source a variety of local food.
You can also view the digital version of the new 2022 York Farm Fresh Map.
York Farm Fresh has also released their new mobile app that will help you find local food on the go! This app features the 38 farms and eight farmers’ markets listed in the York Farm Fresh Guide Map, translated from English into seven languages: French, Chinese - Traditional, Chinese - Simplified, Russian, Urdu, Tamil and Farsi. Learn more about the new mobile app at yorkfarmfresh.com.
Why eat local?
Local food supports the local economy. Not only is local food fresher and better for the environment, but when you eat local, you support the many farms that call York Region home. Buying local helps support the York Region economy, creating local jobs and supporting the community.
Local food is fresher and better for the environment. Imported fruits and vegetables can travel long distances to get to your plate. This transport has an environmental impact related to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. When you buy local you get fresh, delicious products with a reduced impact on the environment. We call that a win-win.
Other food tips
For tips on healthy cooking, visit #LetsCook30 Challenge, York Region’s 30-day healthy cooking challenge.
For tips on how to reduce food waste, visit Good Food
Farmers' Markets in York Region
Opening dates and times may change. Please visit the websites below for detailed information.
Aurora Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair Aurora Town Park, 49 Wells Street, Aurora
Farmers' market featuring local farm fresh vendors and artisans. Open May to October, every Saturday from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
East Gwillimbury Farmers’ Market 18273 Yonge Street, East Gwillimbury
Enjoy local fruits, vegetables, perennial, eggs, meats, cheeses, baked goods, honey, sauces, preserves, soaps, artisans and much more while supporting local businesses. Open May to October, every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Georgina Farmers’ Market 20849 Dalton Road, Sutton
The Georgina Farmers' Market hosts more than 30 local vendors offering a wide range of products including produce, meats, vegan/vegetarian options, baked goods and crafts. Open May to September, every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market 132 Robinson Street, Markham
A weekly Farmers' Market where you can find fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, preserves, soaps, crafts and much more, all while listening to live music. Open May 11 to October 12, every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Newmarket Main Street Farmers’ Market 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket
This market is home to farm fresh produce, homemade baking, hand-made crafts and is a great place to meet up with friends over breakfast or lunch. Open May 4 to October 26, every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Unionville Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market 9 Station Lane, Markham
Located inside the historic Stiver Mill, the last standing grain elevator in Markham and one of the few left in Ontario with its original equipment. You will find seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, meat, hand crafted products and more. Open June 9 to October 6, every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Village Market at Waldorf School 9100 Bathurst Street, Thornhill
An organic farmer's market supporting local farmers & business. Offers vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, cheeses, baked goods & healthy lifestyle goods. Open Year Round, every Saturday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Woodbridge Village Farmers’ Market 5020 Highway 7, Vaughan
The Woodbridge Village Farmers' Market is a non-profit, volunteer-run market affiliated with the Woodbridge Agricultural Society. We believe in the importance of local agriculture, healthy food, and the environment.
Our farmers are all located in or near the Greenbelt. Open June 15 to October 12, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m