Are you wondering where to go in Halifax this winter? So were we, and we found something great. On a recent visit to the city we went to the Halifax Farmers' Market. We really enjoyed it – in this post I'm going to tell you all about it.
Looking for more fun winter things to do in Nova Scotia? Check out 10 winter things to do in the Annapolis Valley.
Our Snowy Visit to the Halifax Farmers Market
If you're looking for a place to hide out and stay warm in Halifax in the winter, the Halifax Farmers' Market (Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market) might be just the spot.
We were on a little getaway a couple of weeks ago and decided to check it out. It was a stormy morning so we didn't want to be outside.
One of the best things about the Halifax Farmers' Market is that everything is hand made and local.
You can get to know local artisans and food producers. Or just sit and chat while you soak in the waterfront atmosphere.
Food at the Halifax Farmers' Market
We saw a nice variety of locally made food: deserts, freshly grown herbs, breads, wine, coffee, and even gluten-free treats (yay for me!). There were also some little restaurants and cafes where you could grab a meal.
I found some gluten-free cheesecake (minus the cheese) which was a nice treat. We also picked up some fresh cilantro and basil.
Some of the vendors give out samples. I enjoyed a little taste of some Planters Ridge wine, it was delicious.
We saw a lot of items that could make great gifts: jams, jellies, maple syrup, and treats with some funny names.
And unlike some other places (grocery stores, big name restaurants/cafes) you can ask about ingredients because most of the food is made from scratch so they can tell you what's in it.
I loved eating in front of the big windows – looking out on the water! The view was impressive. It was stormy and dramatic looking outside. Many of the other shoppers were drawn to the windows as well.
The windows are a great place for photography with all that natural light.
You can see Georges Island Lighthouse from the market. And chances are you'll see some boats going by and some seagulls.
So if you're looking for a great place in winter to hang out and get a tasty treat, you'll probably find something here.
Jewelry and Gifts at the Farmers' Market
We saw lots of handmade items at the market. One vendor told us that in order to set up and sell at the market their products have to be handmade. It's really nice to know that when you walk in you'll be supporting local business no matter what you buy.
There was gorgeous jewelry, wooden products, clothing, soaps and other bath products, home decor items and lots of other stuff. Bryan bought me a beautiful silver and Swarovski crystal necklace, it sparkles like crazy – I love it!
This is Andrea Budd – she made my necklace. You can see her work on her website as well.
If you ask the artisans at the farmers market about their handmade items you might hear some interesting stories. Some of them enjoy talking about their work, and how they got their business started.
Getting to the Halifax Farmers Market
The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market is right on the waterfront and there is parking available.
It's found at 1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax.
For directions to the market click on the following map and then click the direction arrow and your route will be mapped out for you.
Parking at the Halifax Farmers' Market
Don't worry about parking when you go to the market. It's easy to find, there's a parking lot right out front.
We had no trouble getting a spot, probably because there was a storm going on.
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Halifax Farmers' Market Hours (Winter)
We are from the Annapolis Valley, here in Nova Scotia, and we thought the market was only open on the weekends in winter, but Monday is the only day it's not open. The hours are a little different in the winter, so make sure before you go.
Halifax Farmers' Market hours for winter are:
- Tuesday-Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sunday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We went during a storm, so there were fewer vendors than normal. Andrea told us that when it storms it's up to the vendors to decide if they want to risk the weather or not. We were happy some of them did.
Where Will You Go in Halifax in the Winter?
Where you do like to go in Halifax in the winter? Have you been to the Halifax Farmers' Market? We would love to hear about your favorite places to hangout in the winter, please share by commenting on this post.
The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market is open all year round. Check out their site to see a list of all the vendors.
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