Green Action Centre has put together this resource to help you find sources for local (and often organic) foods in Winnipeg. Unfortunately, as much as we attempted to be comprehensive, we were not able to include every resource. This is not an endorsement of any of the vendors or retailers included on this list, but is a resource to help you seek out products you may prefer. We encourage you to seek out further resources such as farmers near you who may sell directly to consumers, and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture, www.csamanitoba.org). Please feel free to distribute this information widely. If you have more questions, we are happy to help, just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Options available through the fall and winter marked with an asterisk for your browsing.
- Local food supports small farmers
- Buying local keeps money in our communities and supports the economy
- Small-scale farmers may use more sustainable practices
- Less shipping distance often means higher-quality produce
- Knowing your farmer means you know how they treat their workers, animals, and land
- If you buy seasonally/in bulk, some items may cost the same or less than at the grocery store!
Winnipeg Farmer’s Markets
|Name||Location||When is it on?|
|The Forks Farmer’s Market||The Forks||Sundays, 11-4, June to September|
|West End Community Market||WCM parking lot at Toronto and Ellice||Every Other Wednesday, June 24-Sept 16, 4-6:30 p.m.|
|West Kildonan Community Farmer’s Market||1680 Main street||Saturdays, 8:30-2:00, Mid July to Mid September|
|Health Science Centre Farmer’s Market||707 McDermot Ave||Wednesdays, 10-5, June to September|
|West Broadway Farmer’s Market||185 Young Street, Broadway Neighbourhood Centre Courtyard||Wednesdays, 3-6, July to September|
|Wolseley Farmer’s Market||980 Palmerston Ave at Ruby Street||Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., mid-June to mid-October|
|Red River Farmer’s Market||Red River Exhibition Park, 3977 Portage Avenue and Perimeter Highway||Saturdays, 9-2, July 25-September 26|
|Wellness Institute Farmer’s Market||Front entrance of Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital, 1075 Leila Ave||Tuesdays, 9:30-4:00, July to September|
|Transcona Biz Farmer’s Market||135 Regent Ave West, Transcona Centennial Square||
|*Le Marché. St. Norbert Farmer’s Market
|3514 Pembina Hwy., St. Norbert||Saturdays 8-3; Wednesdays 11-3; Mid-May through October.
Hallowe’en through Victoria Day, Bi-Weekly Saturday markets indoors 10 am – 1 pm
|River Heights Farmer’s Market||River Heights Community Centre, corner of Oak St. & Grosvenor Ave||Fridays 12-5; July through September|
|Main Street Farmer’s Market||865 Main Street (Neechi Commons Parking Lot)||Fridays 12-5; July to mid-September|
|Broadway Farmer’s Market||Broadway Ave, Courtyard of the Worker’s Compensation Board||Mondays, 10-4, July – August|
|*Hydro Building Farmer’s Market (Downtown Biz)||Inside Manitoba Hydro Building (360 Portage Avenue)||Thursdays, 10-3; June through September.
|Jardins St-Leon Gardens||419 St. Mary’s Road||Daily until late fall: Monday- Saturday 9-9; Sunday 9-6|
|Gas Station Arts Centre Village Market||445 River Avenue||Thursdays 4-8 p.m. until September 5|
|CMU Farmer’s Market||500 Shaftesbury Road||One Saturday Per Year|
|Farm Fresh Food Hub – South Osborne Farmer’s Market||Lord Roberts Community Centre||June 14 – fall, Wednesdays 4-8 p.m
Winter: usually one Saturday a month.
For more information: www.fmam.ca : Farmer’s Markets Association of Manitoba Co-op Inc
Other Local Food Resources in Winnipeg
Fresh Garden Vegetables (Green Action Centre photo)
(Mostly local, mostly organic, some fair trade)
*Crampton’s Shared Agriculture offers some fall/winter food box options.
|1765 Waverley Street Winnipeg||Monday-Friday 9-8; Saturday and Sunday 9-6.
Offers meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, on-site bakery, on-site ice cream, some prepared foods, milk/butter/cheese, prepared condiments, honey, etc. Open May to October.
|*The Fresh Carrot (formerly Organza)
(some local, mostly organic)
|2-230 Osborne Street||Offers bakery, deli (meats and premade food items), produce, vegan items, full range of dairy and non-dairy products, dry goods, pet foods, household cleaners, some books/magazines, snacks, and more.|
(some local, all organic, some direct and fair trade)
167 Lilac St.
|Some local and/or organic food, also carries fair trade type clothing, blankets, household goods, cleaning supplies. Children’s toys, as well as beauty supplies.|
|*Vita Health Fresh Market||2188 McPhillips St;
Suite 1-166 Osborne St;
Suite 46-11 Reenders Dr.;
Suite 19-845 Dakota St.;
Suite 180-2025 Corydon Ave;
3500 Portage Ave
|A “health food store” offering “specialized natural products and services in order to promote optimum health for our customers. In-store and online we offer a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, supplements, herbals, health books, organics, natural food items, equipment, and much more”|
|*Vic’s Fruit Market||A-1038 Pembina Highway
also: Schriemers Market Centre
|Features quality produce, much of it organic, and local when possible and in season.|
|*St. Vital Market||1633 St. Mary’s Road||A grocery store providing local and non-location options, but working with several local vendors, including for meat, produce, baked goods, and dry goods/grocery.|
|*Neechi Commons||865 Main Street||Supermarket and restaurant (as well as arts center). Offers a variety of grocery products including traditional foods such as bannock, Manitoba pickerel, wild blueberries, and wild rice. Also sells local fruits and vegetables, and aboriginal arts and crafts. Has a farmer’s market in the parking lot (Main Street market)|
West Broadway Good Food Club: http://www.westbroadway.mb.ca/wbco-programs/good-food-club
This is your more affordable “good food” option right in West Broadway! They’ve partnered with Winnipeg FoodShare Co-op to bring fresh healthy food, bought in bulk, to you twice a month in boxes of three different sizes at affordable prices. Still out of reach? You can volunteer for them and earn “sweat equity points” to put towards the cost of food from them.
*Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative: http://www.localfoodmarketplace.com/harvestmoon/
Mostly organic, all local.
Monthly online orders and deliveries to set points within the city. Products include meats, honey, grains, vegetables and fruit, and a couple of non-food items.
*My Farmer’s Market: http://www.myfarmersmarket.com/en/
Organic and/or local
A new initiative, offering weekly free delivery (on purchases over $50) of local, healthy, affordable food. This one goes beyond food, including pet-related, home care, and health and beauty products beyond the standard produce, bakery, dairy, beverage, and meat categories. Open 24/7/365 (except for bakery). Pay online, or cash on delivery.
*Fresh Option Organic Delivery: http://www.freshoption.ca/
Organic food, with an effort to support local growers.
“Once you are signed up as a client (with no commitment or obligations) you will receive a variety of fresh produce either weekly or bi-weekly, it’s your choice for frequency and bin size. The fresh bin contents reflect the current market and are based on seasonal availability as well as quality and price, we will get you the best value and quality for your week’s produce budget, and quality is guaranteed. You can either choose to trust our choices then sit back, or you can modify your order by making substitutions beyond your permanent dislikes/preferences, and adding on non-produce groceries is done in our online catalogue with only 24 hours notice. You don’t need to do anything after signing up, just be home in a three hour pre-determined window to receive your order delivered to your door, or make alternate drop-off or pick-up arrangements. You may choose to modify your fresh bin (standing or sporadic week-to-week), even have standing orders for add-ons like local organic milk, Tall Grass bread, and fair trade organic coffee!”
Other notes: you can skip one or more weeks with a simple email notice. Bi-weekly deliveries are suggested as a manageable option for one-person households. Boxes range in price from $35 (small, 1-person) to $65 (large, more than 2 people).
FruitShare Manitoba: www.Fruitshare.ca
A budget way to get your fruit! FruitShare rescues fruit that would otherwise go to waste. Sign up for $10, and get email notices of ‘picks’ that happen throughout the city as fruit ripens. Landowners who do not want, or do not want to pick, their fruit post notices, volunteers arrive and pick the fruit. 1/3 of the fruit goes to the landowner, 1/3 is donated, and 1/3 goes to the pickers. Fruit varieties depend on who signs up, but includes rhubarb, grapes, strawberries, apples, pears, saskatoons, and more.
*Community Supported Agriculture: http://csamanitoba.org/
A directory that lists all the Community Supported Agriculture programs in Manitoba. Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership between consumers and farmers, with consumers paying a lump sum upfront, and farmers delivering a weekly or biweekly bin of a fairly broad mix of food products throughout the harvest season. Most CSAs are run through the summer, although a few offer autumn and even winter options. The guaranteed income helps to support and stabilize small farms, which can be vulnerable to weather shocks; and the weekly box exposes customers to a variety of locally-grown foods. Note that most CSAs are suitable for families or small groups of people; the amount of food is usually too much for 1-2 person households.
*Small Farms Manitoba: https://www.smallfarmsmanitoba.com/
Find small farms, local food, and food skills workshops throughout Manitoba
*Fair Trade Manitoba Directory: http://fairtrademanitoba.ca/buy
Looking for fair trade products? These aren’t produced locally but if you want tea, coffee, chocolate, citrus, flowers, or spices, you’ll need to go with imported in most cases. Fair trade standards ensure environmental and labour standards are met, help ensure fair wages are paid to the workers, and gives money back to be reinvested into the community.
U-Pick Farms http://www.directfarmmanitoba.ca/u-pick
If you want to support small-scale local farmers and you want affordable produce prices along with a fun family (or single!) outing, you may want to try a U-Pick farm. In Manitoba, you can pick produce as varied as strawberries, saskatoons, cherries, plums, apples, gooseberries, raspberries, honeyberry/haskap berries, and more! Often you can choose between pre-picked farm-gate sales, seeking out these farms’ produce at a local market, or going out yourself for the full U-pick experience.
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