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#CanadaGem: The prettiest food and farmer's markets for eating local across Canada

Feast your eyes on these!
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This article was originally published June 3, 2017 and was updated May 25, 2018.

We here at CBC Life are just as excited as you about Canada's 150th birthday. So in the month leading up to July 1, we're showcasing some of our country's amazing hidden gems from coast to coast: totally Instagram-worthy food, tiles too pretty to *not* shoot, crazy views and more. #CanadaGem  #CBClife

Nothing quite says 'summer weekend' like a trip to the farmer's market. Bursting with local produce, beautiful bouquets, fresh baked goodies and artisanal meats and cheeses, these spots are havens for those who find themselves stuck in a cooking rut thanks, in part, to lackluster offerings at all those big chain grocery stores. Often located in historic buildings or beautiful open spaces, the food markets provide the exciting opportunity to stroll and take in some of the country's best sites, too!

To help inspire your weekend shopping, here are some of the most snap-worthy food and farmer's markets across Canada to feast your eyes on.

St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ont.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Salt Spring Island Market, Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market, Halifax, N.S.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Atwater Market, Montreal, Que.

Weekend hours: Saturdays and Sundays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Norbert Farmer's Market, Winnipeg, Man.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Calgary Farmer's Market, Calgary, Alta.

Weekend hours: Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Charlottetown Farmer's Market, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Jacob's Farmer's Market, St. Jacobs, Ont.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

St. John's Farmer's Market, St, John's, N.L.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jardins St-Léon Gardens, Winnipeg, Man.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saskatoon Farmer's Market, Saskatoon, Sask.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fredericton Boyce Farmers' Market, Fredericton, N.B.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Marché des Éclusiers, Montreal, Que.

Weekend hours: Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Yellowknife Farmer's Market, Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Hours: Tuesdays 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, Victoria, B.C.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hennigar's Farm Market, Wolfville, N.S.

Weekend hours: Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Evergreen Brickworks Farmer's Market, Toronto, Ont.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (until November)

Marché Moncton Market, Moncton, N.B.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

West End Farmer's Market, Vancouver B.C.

Weekend hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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