Fresh, local food is in abundance in Owen Sound, an urban community surrounded by lush agricultural land and a proud tradition of farming and culinary craftsmanship. Is it any wonder our farmer's markets are thriving? Come see, taste and smell nature's bounty for yourself. And don't forget to visit our breweries and wineries on the Saints & Sinners Trail.
The Owen Sound Farmers' Market is open Saturday mornings year-round in the heart of the River District, in a former waterworks building. Come fill your basket with local goodies before heading out for the cottage, beach or a scenic drive.
The Owen Sound market is one of the oldest in Ontario, with bakers, growers and artisans offering a wide variety of products, from candles, woollens, moccasins, cards, soaps, pottery and freshly caught fish from Georgian Bay to maple syrup and artisan breads, olive oil, baking, preserves and locally roasted coffee.
These make perfect hostess gifts if you're visiting friends or family - or you can pack them up and head out for a picnic at nearby Harrison Park or Inglis Falls. The market also has a café.
One of the most popular markets in the region, Keady Market is one of a kind. Only 6 kilometres southwest of Owen Sound, it's open Tuesday mornings from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features up to 250 vendors, plus a weekly livestock auction. The market is seasonal, running from spring to late fall. As with any market, it's best to arrive early for the best selection.
Many Owen Sound restaurants also source or grow some of their own food locally. They include the Milk Maid, Casero Kitchen Table, Mudtown Station, Birgit's Bakery Cafe, The Palette Cafe, the Sweetwater Restaurant at Cobble Beach, Sizzlin, Europa, Sabitri's, The Nutty Baker's Food Shoppe and Elsie's Diner. Local food attractions include Country Meadow Meats, Dragonfly Farm, and DeJong Acres.