Niagara Falls Farmers Markets: Eat fresh in Niagara!
Niagara Falls Farmers Markets
The Niagara Greenbelt in Summer is home to not only wineries and greenhouses, but if you take a journey down scenic Lakeshore Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake, you will find a wide array of Niagara Falls farmers markets, craft and antique stands. Many of the farms you pass along this road today were cultivated during the War of 1812 and were the sites of battle involving British Forces, Native Warriors and American Soldiers. I spent the afternoon taking the scenic drive out from Niagara Falls to gorgeous Niagara-on-the-Lake to check out these Niagara Falls farmers markets.
I always try to support our local farmers, and in the months of July and August especially is the prime season for many fruits and vegetables. July is peak season for apricots, blueberries, cherries, currants, gooseberries, peaches, raspberries ans strawberries for fruits and beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, garlic, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, spinach and zuchini for vegetables. So, a wide variety of locally farmed, fresh produce to shop for!
As soon as I turned onto Lakeshore Rd., I was met with “Tina’s Niagara Selections“. It’s a small, family-owned farmstand that began many years ago when Tina opened a roadside stand selling the fruit from their farm until they closed up in 1987. Twenty years later, Tina’s daughter Aubrey reopened the store as a tribute to her mother that had since passed away. Aubrey sells fruit, vegetables, potted plants and garden beds, along with condiments such as garlic jellies and dried herbs and spices. “Tina’s Niagara Selections” is operational from the first week in June just in time for strawberry picking to Thanksgiving for squash season. They are open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
A little further up the road I came across more Niagara Falls farmers markets, and one called “Quiet Acres” caught my eye. Located at 672 Lakeshore Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this quaint spot was tucked away behind fruit trees and was nicely nestled into the countryside. This farm has been family-owned and operated since 1968 and offers tables upon tables of neatly displayed fruits and vegetables that were literally just picked that day. I spent a few minutes talking to employee Melissa Hingston about the fresh quality of their produce and just how fresh everything looked! “We only sell what we grow” is the motto of owner Maureen MasSween, and will continue to honor the tradition that her father started. “Quiet Acres” is open 7 days a week and is operational from mid-June to October from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Lakeshore Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a hustle and bustle of Niagara Falls farmers markets, but here are a few more that caught my eye:
Seaway Farms & Garden Centre: 175 Lakeshore Rd. They offer a wide selection of decorative garden accessories, pots, urns, stoneware and fresh fruit and vegetables. Open April-October, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.
WillowBend Farms & Produce: 667 Lakeshore Rd. The farm produce comes from two family farms and friends of the family, all grown in Niagara. Here you will find fresh local fruit and vegetables, many of which you won’t find in grocery stores. They are open daily in the Summer months.
Make It a Weekend Getaway!
Niagara-on-the-Lake is worth visiting for so many reasons and is a beautiful drive from Niagara Falls. If you plan on getting away to Niagara Falls, the Clifton Hill Niagara Falls Hotel is the ideal hotel for your stay! It’s only steps away from the Falls and seconds away from major attractions such as the Niagara Skywheel and Dinosaur Adventure Golf. The benefits of staying at this Niagara falls hotel are the packages to select from at an amazing price. The Niagara Skywheel and the Dinosaur Adventure Golf are just two attractions of five that are a part of the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, a 50% off retail price offering that is part of the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill’s Build-A-Package deal. Another one of eleven Build-A-Package options? A trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake to visit its wineries! The Niagara Wine Country Bus Tour will pick you up in the lobby and escort you to four popular wineries in the countryside, with plenty of time to shop around, eat lunch and take advantage of prime fruit and vegetable samplings from Niagara Falls farmers markets!
You can literally spend the whole day in the Niagara Greenbelt taking in the lush atmosphere and countryside, checking out its local markets — whether it be fruit stands or antiques and pottery. It is a photographers oasis in this region, as well as the prime destination to discover its history through trails and forest. For more information on Niagara Falls farmers markets click here for a full listing of Niagara-on-the-Lake farmers and growers. If you live local to this area and haven’t checked out the Niagara Falls farmers markets, head out for a drive on a Sunday afternoon and support these businesses and not only that, the fruits and vegetables truly do look, feel and taste different compared to grocery store produce.
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