Nothing says summer like a farmers’ market.

Durham Region has so many great local, seasonal markets that you could literally drive across the area and visit one in nearly every community. Here are four to add to your summer bucket list.

Farmers’ Market

Whitby location: Whitby Public Library, 405 Dundas St. W., Whitby, Ont., L1N 6A1; Wednesdays, 9am to 3pm, May to October
Brooklin location: Municipal Lot 9, 3 Vipond Rd., Brooklin, Ont. L1M 1B3; Saturdays, 9am to 2pm, June to October
This market actually operates in both Whitby and Brooklin (just north of Whitby proper) so there are two opportunities to hit the market each week. Market goers can visit the Whitby location in the middle of the week, and the Brooklin market on Saturdays. Vendors sell everything from fresh produce, plants and flowers to baked goods, crafts, snacks and more. The market is fully accessible and runs rain or shine, and most vendors accept a variety of payment options, including cash, credit and debit. Dogs are welcome but they must be leashed.

Farmers’ Market

Newcastle Memorial Arena parking lot, 103 Caroline St. W., Newcastle, Ont. L1B1H1; Sundays, 10am to 2pm, May to October

Clarington is home to more than 400 working farms, which means the Clarington Farmers’ Market is a can’t-miss. You will find the freshest fruit and veg, of course, but you’ll also be able to take home plants and seedlings for gardening, free-range eggs, apple cider, maple syrup, artisan chocolate, baked goods, specialty bird seed mixtures, pet treats and more. Dogs are welcome on leash.

Farmers’ Market

85 Herrema Blvd., Uxbridge, Ont. L9P 1W6; Sundays, 9am to 2pm, May to October.

If atmosphere is what you’re after, make sure you add this market to your list of places to check out this year. Nestled in the charming little town of Uxbridge, this family friendly market boasts farm-fresh produce, prepared food vendors, makers and artisans, musicians and more. This market has been delighting locals and visitors since its creation in 2001, with many regulars returning week after week. Note: If you’ve been to this market before, the location has changed due to damage from a tornado this spring.

Port Perry Lakefront
Farmers’ Market

Foot of Quaeen St., downtown Port Perry, Ont.; Saturdays, 8am to 2pm, May 21 to Thanksgiving

Since its inception in 2009, this rain-or-shine farmers’ market has gained a loyal following both in returning vendors and dedicated shoppers. This year the market includes more than 22 unique businesses selling everything from locally grown and sourced produce to pastries, maple syrup, coffee, crafts and more (all vendors must be located within 100km of the town). The market often has live entertainment, and the view of Lake Scugog can’t be beat.

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