May marks the beginning of market season for many farmers' markets across Ontario.

It's a great month to visit because often you will find a variety of new vendors and many that are excited to start the new season. If you've never shopped your local farmers market, Park Property has answers to your most asked questions!

What's in season?

Stop into your local market in May for freshly picked apples, rhubarb, asparagus, carrots, mushrooms, cooking onions, potatoes, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, sprouts, and sweet potatoes. You may be able to also find greenhouse-grown cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, and tomatoes.

In June, you'll be able to pick up some freshly picked strawberries, cherries, summer squash, green peas, snow peas, green onions, field cucumbers, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and beans.

To see a full list of all seasonal fruits and vegetables, click here.

Markets usually have vendors selling eggs, meats, cheese, preservatives, and baked goods as well. Some markets allow vendors to sell crafts, jewelry, art, and more!

When should I go?

Most markets are open Saturday mornings, some as early as 6am. Typically, they close at noon or shortly after. Most of the local markets operate from May to October (some even into November), while there are a few that operate year-round.

The following markets will be open starting Mother's Day weekend:

Opening in June:

Open year-round:

What should I bring?

Always bring cash and lots of change to buy your goods at the market. Most market stands don't accept debit or credit and ATMs can add extra fees. Come prepared with reusable bags, a cooler (if you plan to buy eggs, cheese, or meat), and dress for the weather. Most markets are all outdoors, so if it's hot, raining, or cold, dress appropriately.