Eating and buying local has never been easier thanks to the crop of farmers’ markets around town. Here are 10 places to start.
The Family is no marketing tool—Ted and Debra Hutten operate their Valley farm with their three daughters. They offer locally grown apples, pears, cherries, onions, sweet potatoes, greens, carrots and much more.
Binky’s Donuts (Alderney/Seaport)
This young-but-mighty shop bakes its artful doughnuts fresh every day in its Wolfville shop. Recent innovations include the Muhammed (saffron glaze with rose petal sugar), the Jackson (peanut butter chocolate with peanuts) and the Auntie Mame (spike, salt and pepper with a roasted beet glaze).
Dragon Pad Thai (Historic)
Dennis Johnston, six-time Best of Halifax winner for Best Chef during the reign of his Fid Resto, keeps that fine spirit alive weekly with his fantastic, kicky pad Thai.
El Gallo Authentic Mexican Cuisine (Alderney/Historic)
This family stand pumps out tamales, gluten-free corn tortillas and an assortment of Mexican dips to put them in—pico de gallo, guacamole, chipotle mayo and cilantro sour cream, amongst many authentic delights.
Getaway Farm Butcher Shop (Seaport)
Visit this meat stand and chew for yourself—this multiple Best of Halifax winner (for both Best Farmers’ Market Stand and Best Butcher) offers up sustainable, fresh, local and healthy beef, pork, chicken and lamb.
Julien’s Pastry Shop (Seaport)
Julien’s rich breads—cheese and tomato focaccia, spelt and apricot hazelnut sourdough amongst them—and treats including croissants, cinnamon rolls and fruit-filled pastries—are a Halifax institution (made in Chester).
Little India (Seaport/Forum)
This brand-new market force serves up south Indian food like pepper chicken, sambar (lentil curry), egg puffs, paneer butter masala and sweet mango lassi to soothe all that spicy goodness.
Mary’s African Cuisine (Seaport)
Mary Nkrumah serves traditional dishes from East, West and Central Africa, providing healthy and hearty stews, salads and rice dishes, with meat and veggies coming from market vendors.
Moonhei’s Korean Delight (Forum)
Bibimbap lovers, this stand is for you. Moonhei provides vegan, veggie and chicken mixed rice options, with sprouts, mushrooms, carrots and spinach plucked from the stands of other Forum vendors.
School House Gluten-Free Gourmet (Seaport)
One of the most established gluten-free outfits in town, the couple behind School House crafts its cookies, muffins, bread, biscuits and granola out of a converted schoolhouse in Lunenburg.
Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth
Halifax Forum Farmers’ Market, 2901 Windsor Street
Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, 1209 Marginal Road
The Historic Farmers’ Market, 1496 Lower Water Street
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