About Us

woman at the farmers market NEW FOR 2020

Here are all the details for an in-person market coming this Saturday, August 1st.

How it works: We are keeping the online system as a pre-ordering method for you to reserve items and quickly move through the market and get the items you want.

Ordering is open every week from Midnight Sunday until Midnight Wednesday (This week the system is delayed until noon today, Monday July 27th to ensure that you receive this email).

Pickups of items ordered through the online market are available at each vendors stall and the items ordered must be paid to each individual vendor. Printed confirmation slips will be on site, bring it to each vendors stall to get your items.

Payment - Please do not etransfer money to the Perth Farmers Market. Just as with a regular market you can pay vendors individually for the ordered items. Please check each vendors profile to see how they will accept payments and bring the amounts needed for your order if cash is required. Most vendors will accept etransfers and cash!

Your invoice will be available for you to go around and easily pick up your items and pay. You are also under no obligation to pre-order! You can simply browse and shop as usual. And you can combine preorders and browsing at the market, add to your order and pay! Please enter and exit at the marked locations, respect social distancing and follow the arrows. You will find hand wash stations and hand sanitizer throughout the market. Hot food is not allowed at this time, but ready to eat food to take home and reheat will be available.

The market hours for this year are 8am to noon and we hope to see you this Saturday. Where is the market? We are located at the Crystal Palace on the Tay Basin and all the vendors will be on the gravel area near the Mammoth Cheese. Entrance and Exit will be clearly marked as well as directional signs that will show which way to circulate through the market. A maximum of 100 people including vendors may be on site at any time.

 

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.

Our Home

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.

scarves and yarn at the farmers marketOther Beginnings

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!

Our Success

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,
  • confections
  • 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.