In The Beginning
Historically, all small and large towns in Ontario would have had a Farmers' Market. This would have been the place to get your fresh food, to socialize, and meet your neighbours. With the advent of supermarkets in the 50's and 60's, many of these institutions slowly faded away. In the early 1990's a resurgence of community and eating local food was present in Perth and with the perserverance of some like minded people, the new Perth Farmers' Market was created and has been in operation since June 13, 1992. We are a member of Farmers Markets Ontario and the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce.
The market has mostly been located in and around the Tay Basin in downtown Perth since its start. In 1994, the "Crystal Palace" was moved from Ottawa to its site on the basin and has added to the ambience of the market ever since. Many craft vendors sell inside the shelter of the building as well as it being an ideal location for special events of all kinds. The attractive and scenic location, free parking on Saturdays and "al fresco" eating tables combined with local music makes Saturday mornings at the market a winning combination.
Our market is open, rain or shine, every Saturday morning from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM starting on the weekend of Mother's Day until the Thanksgiving Weekend. There are also special Fall and Winter markets inside the Crystal Palace and a Seed Sale the first Sunday in March at the Royal Canadian Legion.
The Perth Garlic Festival got its start at the Perth Farmers' Market on August 16, 1997. It moved to larger facilities the next year but is still a yearly event held at the Perth Fair Grounds in mid August. Many vendors have also outgrown the market and moved on to create successful small businesses in the Perth area. A great result for the vendors and the community!
Thanks to the founding people and many dedicated vendors, volunteers and customers, our market is one of the most interesting and vibrant in Ontario. Because of this success we have a steady core of vendors that offer high quality, and a good variety of produce, crafts and services.
These are just some of the products you can find on any given market day:
- local organically grown produce,
- home baked pies, pastries and bread,
- pickles, jams and preserves of all kinds,
- flowers, herbs and plants,
- garlic, honey and maple syrup,
- meat and eggs
- weaving, juried crafts and jewellery
- BBQ pork
- Market Cafe
Every Saturday one lucky patron wins the contents of the market basket which is filled with samples contributed by the vendors that day.