If you live local to Niagara Falls, you don’t need to stray far to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s harvest time in Niagara Falls and that means you can create fresh, delicious homemade meals using our own local produce and farmer’s markets. It has many benefits for the local community and our important farmers. It also provides the customer with direct contact with their food sources so you know where your food is coming from and directly supports farmers finacially. Eating local is important for building a sustainable community.
Niagara Falls Farmers Market
The Niagara Falls Farmers Market has been around for 50+ years and is open year round on Saturday’s from 6:00am – 12:00pm, supplying you with the most local, freshest produce that Niagara Falls has to offer — a perfect choice to help prepare a Thanksgiving dinner! It is located at 5943 Sylvia Place, behind the Niagara Falls History Museum (near the corner or Main and Ferry). There is currently a small building that hosts 4 indoor vendors and depending on the season, up to 15 vendors set up outside. Apples, eggs, meat, squash, pumpkins, etc. are all available for purchase. Live music continues until Thanksgiving weekend as well. Take your time and grab a coffee or a tea from inside the market building and enjoy the local talent.
While you are in close proximity to Clifton Hill and the surrounding tourist district, there are plenty of gift, souvenir and retail stores on hand to pick up Thanksgiving items to prepare a gift basket if you are playing a guest at a Thanksgiving function this year. Right on Clifton Hill is the Canada Trading Company and the Fantasy Fudge Factory – each selling a variety of related items to the Holiday that can be prepared into a gift basket. Bringing fudge, truffles, assorted candies, cookies and other treats is always a hit no matter the Holiday! Or head down a little further to Downtown Niagara Falls and hit up little shops like Moodies Bakery at 4552 Queen Street or Unique Florist at 4665 Queen Street and bring a flower arrangement to your Thanksgiving function — there are many options within the tourist district in Niagara Falls!
*An assortment of candy apples at the Fantasy Fudge Factory at 4946 Clifton Hill*
Port Colborne Farmers Market
Located at 66 Charlotte Street (in front of City Hall) is the Port Colborne Farmers Market. Quality local fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, flowers and plants are in ample supply here with plenty of vendors from the Niagara region set up. They are open on Friday’s year round from 6:00am – 1:00pm until Thanksgiving and then the hours are 7:00am – 1:00pm the week after Thanksgiving to Victoria Day weekend Friday (May).
St.Catharines Farmers Market
This is one of my personal favorites in the Niagara Region — the St.Catharines Farmers Market! Located at 91 King Street right in Downtown St.Catharines across from City Hall. Open Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s from 6:00am – 3:00pm year round, this market has it all to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner! Fruits, vegetables, baked goods, fresh bread, European meats, seafood, chicken, beef, Lebanese and Mexican foods, honey, fresh cut and potted flowers, gourmet spices, homemade jams, preserves and jewelry are all sold here — as well as gluten-free foods. They have everything in season to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner.
Welland Farmers Market
The largest farmers market in the Niagara Region belongs to the Welland Farmers Market. Located at 50 Market Square (at the corner of Young and Division St.), this market is open year round from 6:00am – 12:00pm on Saturday’s. They’ve been open since 1907 and they provide shelves of fresh fruits and vegetables, tasty meats, natural cheeses and baked goods.
Here is a general list of what’s in season for October that you can find fresh at these markets:
Apples, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, chestnuts, eggplant, fennel, garlic, ginger, green beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, pears, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, Summer and Winter squash.
For a more in depth monthly list of what’s in season, the Welland Farmers Market has provided a full list of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Click here to view it.
Here are a few sites I enjoy to find unique recipes, perfect for this Canadian (and American!) Thanksgiving — including incredible desserts like Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie (Yumm!):
For the person that is clueless on what they are doing — click here lol.
To create unique Thanksgiving side dishes — click here.
**For a list of what to do in Niagara Falls for the Thanksgiving weekend click here**