The outdoor Saturday farmers’ market season at Toronto’s famous St. Lawrence Market will begin tomorrow, Saturday, May 1. Torontonians will be glad to hear that the outdoor farmers marketlocated on Market Street between The Esplanade and Wilton Street will open this Saturday. In addition, of course the regular, year-round farmers will continue to operate inside the Temporary Market at 125 The Esplanade. Lineup areas for the indoor and outdoor farmers will continue to start on Market Street for entrance to both areas.
Under the provincial Stay-at-Home order, St. Lawrence Market has continued to operate as essential food retail. In compliance with current restrictions regarding outdoor farmers markets, the seasonal outdoor area will operate weekly from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The full hours of operation for the Market areas are:
Seasonal Outdoor Area, Farmers Market
Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Farmers Market inside the Temporary Market at 125 The Esplanade
Saturdays, from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
South Market (main Market building at 91-95 Front St. E.)
Tuesdays to Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays, from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All non-essential (non-food) businesses at the St. Lawrence Market are closed for in-person shopping and some are offering delivery and curbside pickup. The Sunday Antique Market continues to be temporarily closed.
Although customer traffic has been lighter than average over the past few weeks, the Market continues to have the highest number of customers on Saturdays. The highest number of customers visit the Farmers Market early to mid-morning and the South Market mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Wait times during peak hours are approximately 10 to15 minutes and five minutes during off-peak times, on average.
Customers are reminded to wear a mask while shopping at the Market, including in all indoor and outdoor areas and while in line. Customers should come to the Market alone or with one other person if they need help carrying items. Remember to have a plan for an efficient essential shopping trip and do not engage in activities that could cause congestion or promote social gathering.
The Market continues to operate with extensive COVID-19 precautions in place, including enhanced sanitization, capacity and entrance management and physical distancing. Full details of Market operations during the COVID-19 health emergency can be found at http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/.
St. Lawrence Market is a renowned international food market featuring 120 merchants, vendors and farmers, offering fresh produce, meats and specialty items. Serving Toronto residents and international visitors since 1803, the Market is regularly recognized as one of Toronto’s most popular destinations and one of the world’s top food markets. The St. Lawrence Market Complex consists of St. Lawrence Hall, the South Market and the North Market – the latter now in its temporary home at 125 The Esplanade.