While many communities cannot boast of having even a summer Farmers Market, the small Town of Annapolis Royal can be very proud that it has a blossoming year round Market presence.
Annapolis Royal has had an amazing Farmer's & Trader's Market for 35 years now - the largest outdoor market in the Maritimes! And now, for the past 8 years, our wee community has also been able to boast a "Winter Market", at the Historic Gardens. The baton is handed back and forth between the two markets every October and May, resulting in a Year Round Farmer's Market in two locations.
The Winter Farmer's Market is outdoors in the spring and fall, and there is a large sheltered area so don't let inclement weather deter you! Then in the colder months it moves to an indoor location, taking over the space where the Gardens Gift Shop is located in the summer season. It is a cozy market, with vendors covering almost any local food product you can imagine: coffee, baked goods, jams & jellies, meat, poultry, fish, veggies, fruit, cheese, eggs, ... and the list goes on!
While you visit the Winter Market, you can enjoy the Gardens as well, wandering with a coffee and croissant in hand. In the snowy season, we even have snowshoes for loan, and often a bonfire in the Main Courtyard to gather around and warm your hands! It's a great social time as well as the perfect venue to buy your weekly supply of local food products.
Organizers of both markets like to think of it as One Market in Two Locations – downtown in the summer months and at the Gardens in the winter. Whatever way you look at it, together these two Markets provide seamless year round access to local food products, drawing customers from far and wide. Another feather in Annapolis Royal’s cap, and a testament to the support of the local community for their farmers and food producers.
Saturday Mornings, 9-12 – mid Oct to mid May