Welcome to the Barrie Farmers' Market

Whether you’re into buying and eating local or looking for a tasty breakfast on a summer Saturday morning, the Barrie Farmers Market serves up a lot of tasty choices from 8 a.m. to noon.

Barrie Farmers' Market

Farmers, bakers, gardeners and artisans from Simcoe County have been bringing their produce to downtown Barrie, even before Barrie was a town (let alone a city) and Canada a nation. In 1846, the Province of Canada awarded 3.5 acres at the heart of Barrie – in the Mulcaster and Collier streets – for a Market House.

Built in 1864, the market building also housed the town government. In the 1980s, it was demolished but immortalized with the arch that followed its architectural contours. The arch functions like the gateway to the market each week. Outside in the summer, underneath the arch and in the City Hall courtyard, the market moves indoors and fills the City Hall Rotunda with sumptuous aromas at Thanksgiving.

Barrie Farmers' Market

The Arch acts like a grand entrance to the Barrie Farmers’ Market.

First Farmers Market

The first Market building was located on Collier Street and it was also home to the town council and administration. Vendors set up inside, while some chose to sell their products off the backs of their wagons.

Welcome to the Market

The market is a fabulous place to start your weekend!

“I stand on Mulcaster Street and look down through the archway, with the dragon sculpture in the park, the bay and the trees in the Allandale neighbourhood – It truly is a beautiful setting for a market,” said market manager Patricia Lancia. “To start your weekend, park up on Worsley Street and walk.” The market serves up a variety of breakfasts, as well as groceries, plants and hand-crafted items. After the market, head down the Mulcaster Street hill to Dunlop Street or the waterfront walking trail itself.

Barrie Farmers' Market

Those new to the market can ask questions, get help finding what you need and pick up recipes and ideas on how to make the most of Ontario produce at the market management’s booth. You can even pick up a reusable bag, or two or more! Whether you’re new to the market or not, make this booth your first stop to make the most of your visit.

Barrie Farmers' Market

Special Events

The market features an array of special days – with BBQ Fest happening July 6, the same weekend as the Craft Beer and BBQ Festival. “People who come to the Barrie Farmers’ Market are generally interested in recipes and trying new things and we can help them cook seasonally,” Lancia added. “The BBQ Fest will focus on what they an get locally, very fresh food. Some vendors feature their home-made syrups and dressings, while others may highlight barbecue and smoky flavours in what they serve up or sell.

The summer line-up continues with artisan markets, a community safety day and other special events such as Harvest Day Sept. 14 and Thanksgiving in October.

Partnering with Artisans

Several craftspeople, artisans and jewellery makers are part of the weekly market – but this summer, the market will bring in more creative, artistic and stylish talent. Barrie Makers’ Markets, located just beside the farmers’ market, will be happening on July 20, August 17 and September 21. Each day features a different array of vendors, so be sure to visit all three days. The market brings goods and arts from throughout the region, so you can explore from the convenience of downtown Barrie.

On July 20, check out these amazing artists and makers:

  • Barrie Art Club – Original artwork from professional and amateur members of the club.
  • Crafted Spaces – Handmade rope bowls, macrame decor, and decorative fabric pieces from Oro-Medonte.
  • Green by Hand – Screen, block, and letterpress printed paper and fabrics featuring original artwork from Barrie.
  • J Lim Jewellery – Handcrafted wearable art from a graduate of the Georgian College jewellery and metals program.
  • Jessie Milan – One-of-a-kind jewelry and artwork from Utopia.
  • Leizer Leathers – Custom-designed, handmade leather clothing and accessories from Barrie.
  • Petal Pusher Studio – Macrame plant hangers, wall hangings, jewelry and more from Barrie.
  • Robin’s Nest – Floor cushions and baby/children’s clothes handmade in Barrie.
  • Rock Paper Poison – Wheel-thrown, hand-painted tableware from Orillia.

For more, up-to-date information, visit barriefarmersmarket.ca.

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