About Our Market
Established in 2001, the Uxbridge Farmers Market has been a meeting place to connect with friends, family and neighbours and springboard for local farmers and artisans to introduce the the fruits of their labour to new audiences. It is a celebration of community and the bounty of our land.
We have strict vendor policies to ensure that farm vendors produce the majority of what they sell, and do not purchase from the Ontario Food Terminal for re-sale.
Thank you for supporting your local farmers!
Why Shop at the UFM?
- less transport
- less handling
- less refrigeration
- less time in storage
- farmers retain profits
- creates jobs for locals
Among the benefits often touted for communities with farmers’ markets:
- Farmers’ markets help maintain important social ties, linking rural and urban populations and even close neighbours in mutually rewarding exchange.
- market traffic generates traffic for nearby businesses
- buying at markets encourages attention to the surrounding area and ongoing activities
- by providing outlets for ‘local’ products, farmers’ markets help create distinction and uniqueness, which can increase pride and encourage visitors to return.
- creates part time work for locals to have the opportunity to earn extra income to help improve the quality of their life.
Reduced transport, storage, and refrigeration can benefit communities too:
- lower transport & refrigeration energy costs
- lower transport pollution
- lower transport infrastructure cost (roads, bridges, etc.)
- less land dedicated to food storage
Benefits to Consumers
Consumers often favour farmers’ markets for:
- reduced overhead: driving, parking, etc.
- fresher foods
- seasonal foods
- healthier foods
- a better variety of foods, e.g.: organic foods, pasture-raised meats, free-range eggs and poultry, handmade farmstead cheeses, heirloom produce heritage breeds of meat and many less transport-immune cultivars disfavoured by large grocers
- a place to meet neighbours, chat, etc.
- a place to enjoy an outdoor walk while getting needed groceries