Foodie Finds At The Peterborough Farmers’ Market

Foodie finds at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market…..Why did no one tell me this market was foodie paradise?I have been to A LOT  of markets in my time, in many different places and this one is truly a gem.You can visit them on Saturday mornings from 7am -1pm May  to November outside in the Morrow Building parking lot (after that the vendors move indoor to the arena for the rest of the year).

Very impressive fact– the market is celebrating 190 years on June 13th, 2015 WOW! since 1825!

The market boasts a full compliment vendors that are well laid out to engage shopper interest. Walking through the market you will see vegetable stands intermingled with artisans, crafters and local talent. Most impressive was the diversity of the food vendors, bread bakers, cheese, honey and sweet confections. I was like a kid in a candy store, delighted at the selection and tempted by the samples being offered at many of the stands.Here are just a few of my purchases for this trip.

 TIP– Bring a large shopping bag with you to carry all your loot and an appetite, you will find many options for breakfast or lunch.

La Mesita Catering, Breakfast Burrito


Pictured above is Martin from La Mesita Catering cooking up a breakfast burrito, he was a pleasure to chat with as he whipped up another shoppers breakfast.We also purchased some excellent chimichurri and a flavourful maple chipotle cream cheese at his stand.

Hard Winter Bread Company


Bread is kind of a big deal for my family. Hard Winter Bread Co. is a wood fired sourdough bakery from Lakefield Ontario. Sourdough + Wood Fired= Heaven. As you can see from the picture the bread was perfection, flavourful crisp crust with a tender core. Judging by the length of the line up for this stand I knew it was something special and I was not disappointed.

Betty's Butter Tarts


Chances are if you live within a two hour radius of Cobourg, Ont you have heard of Betty’s Pies and Tarts. Which of course I had, but never having the pleasure to try them in person I was pleasantly surprised to find them at the market. I quickly snapped up a half dozen Pecan Butter Tarts to enjoy at home with my tea that afternoon. Hands down the best butter tart filling I have ever tasted! Interesting fact– Betty’s was declared Champion Butter Tart at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 2014 in Toronto.

If you enjoy a culinary adventure, getting up early on a Saturday morning is worth it for the foodie finds you will discover at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market!

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  1. Bonnie

    Hey, I know Martin! His fresh pico is awesome. He used to cook at Grail on occasion.

    Betty’s, of course, is close to my place. I have never had a better butter tart!

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