The Ottawa Farmer’s Market is a great way to enjoy your Sunday morning in Ottawa. It’s a unique way to shop for fresh vegetables, flowers, and Canadian favourites that you can enjoy as a local, or as a visitor.
The market pops up every Sunday morning, inside or outside of Aberdeen Pavilion, depending on the weather. The pavilion itself is a designated national historic site of Canada, and the only exhibition building in Canada from the 19th century. It was built in 1898, and is now used for fares, concerts, celebrations, and of course, the market.
I’ve been shopping at Farmer’s Market’s for a long time. I love supporting small local businesses, and it transports you out of the suburban feeling of a supermarket and makes your morning feel like a little adventure.
Here’s how to enjoy a morning at the market!
Get Breakfast at Lansdowne
The Ottawa Farmer’s Market opens at 9 A.M., so start your morning off with breakfast and coffee at one of the many cafés and restaurants in the area.
- Aroma Espresso: have a delicious breakfast sandwich with eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and pickles paired with a coffee, fresh smoothie, or cold water from the serve-your-self dispenser.
- The Sunset Grill: enjoy a traditional breakfast with eggs, pancakes, and breakfast meet, along a cup Sunset’s Grill’s own in-house blend.
- Kettleman’s Bagels: a block away from Lansdowne Pavilion are the best bagels in town! Hop over to Kettleman’s before going to the market on a Sunday morning, and you might not even have to wait in line.
Pick Up Fresh Fruits and Vegetables at the Market
Locally grown, fresh and colourful. I’ve noticed that the vegetables I buy at the Farmer’s Market keep better and have more flavour than anything off the shelf of a grocery store.
The prices are comparable or lower than in a supermarket, and taste infinitely better.
- Bring your own bags. Most of the vendors have plastic bags that they can provide you with, but they’re also happy to put your fruits and vegetables right in to cloth bags you bring yourself.
- The Ottawa Farmer’s Market is cash only.
Bring Your Fur Friend, or Shop Souvenirs for them!
Dog’s are welcome at Lansdowne Ottawa Farmer’s Market, and even catered to. They’re allowed in most of the surrounding shops, and some stands have water dishes for them.
If you’re local, bring your dog to the market with you. If you’re from out of town, bring them back a treat! Elk bones are popular with larger dogs, and Buddy Bites sells all natural treats.
Enjoy Fresh Flowers
I always come home from the market with flowers! You’ll find beautiful bouquets, baskets overflowing with colours, and smaller plants to add to a home garden.
There are also herbs sold in small pots that you can transfer once you get home, so you can eat parsley, cilantro, and basil right off the plant.
Have a Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
When you need a break from shopping (and patting all the cute dogs) make your way to far end of the market for a cold, fresh cup of lemonade. Everything is done on the spot, so it’s as fresh as it can possibly be.
They even leave a half a lemon in the cup!
Feeling the Canadian spirit? Try a Maple Leaf cookie or buy real Canadian maple syrup.
If you’re visiting from out of town, maple syrup is a must. Canadian maple syrup is far better than anything you’ve had back home. Maple syrup or maple candies make great souvenirs!
There are also stalls that sell handmade soaps, candles, and jewellery by local artists.
Things to Know About the Ottawa Farmer’s Market
- The market runs year-round! In the winter, it moves in to a building right next door to it’s summer location.
- Bring cash. Most of the stalls are cash only.
- The market is dog friendly.
- Location: Lansdowne Pavilion
- When: Sunday mornings, opening at 9 A.M.
- Parking is free on the surrounding streets. Get there early, the area gets busy as the day goes on!
- Ottawa Farmer’s Market website.
- Other things to do while you’re in Ottawa: Visit the Parliament Buildings
Do you have a Farmer’s Market in your city that you love shopping at? Have you been to the one in Ottawa?