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Our Snowy Visit to the Halifax Farmers Market (Nova Scotia)

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.

Halifax Farmers Market

Halifax Farmers Market, Halifax N.S.

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.

enjoying the view at Halifax Farmers Market

Shopping at the Halifax Farmers Market

Flower shop Halifax Farmers Market

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.

Norberts Goodfood restaurant at the Halifax Farmers' Market

vendors at the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market

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.

Planters Ridge wine at Halifax Farmers' Market

Food at the Halifax Farmers Market

cake at the Halifax Farmers Market in Nova Scotia

Food at Halifax Farmers Market

Food at Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

sweet treats at the Halifax Farmers Market

Gluten free food at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Nova Scotia Cookery cookbook at Halifax Farmers Market

Cookies at the Halifax Farmers Market

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.

at the Halifax Farmers Market

Dena taking pictures at Halifax Farmers Market

latte at the Halifax Farmers' Market

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latte beauty shot at Halifax Farmers Market

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Halifax Farmers Market, on the waterfront Nova Scotia

Bryan taking pictures at the Halifax Farmers Market

Georges island lighthouse

Georges Island Lighthouse, one of Nova Scotia’s Famous Lighthouses

view at Halifax Farmers Market

Seagull, Halifax Nova Scotia

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.

Support local at Halifax Farmers Market, Halifax Nova Scotia

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.

Andrea Budd and her handmade jewelry at the Halifax Farmers' Market

Andrea Budd from Andrea’s Jewelry Design

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.

parking at Halifax Farmers Market

Parking at Halifax Farmers Market, Halifax N.S.

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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.

vendors and eating area at Halifax Farmers Market

Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Live music at Halifax Farmers' Market

Halifax Farmers Market, Nova Scotia

Halifax Farmers' Market, Halifax Nova Scotia

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.

Do you like waterfalls? If so, check out this post 28 Nova Scotia waterfalls for your bucket list.


Saturday 31st of August 2019

Great article. Nice tour to the Farmers market.

Marion Criece

Sunday 18th of March 2018

Love your blog, I live in Ontario now, but I have family in N.S. I go to visit every summer for 3 weeks. Love my beautiful N.S.

Betty Brawn

Tuesday 6th of March 2018

the pictures were very nice, love local Farm Markets, we get down this summer, thank you .

Sue Windsor

Monday 5th of March 2018

Thanks for the great article and photos.....we are in the process of moving from Ontario to Nova Scotia.....hopefully we will be looking for something to do in the winter next year! Cannot wait to get there!!

Cindi Doucet

Monday 12th of March 2018

You're not alone, Susan! I'm originally from Nova Scotia, and my husband and I are looking at moving "back home" in the next year or so. In fact, I'm leaving in a couple of days to take a trip down there.

Dena and Bryan - thanks so much for your blog! I've been away from home for a couple of decades now, and so a lot of things have changed. The Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market wasn't there when I lived there, and so I'll be visiting it when I come back home this week. ^_^ Looking forward to seeing more posts on beaches! We're looking to start surfing (in fact, I'll be getting my first surfing lesson when I visit this week), and so I want a list of allllll the beaches handy. lol Not that they'll all be appropriate for that, and there's always the renowned Lawrencetown Beach, but having more spots to visit is never a bad thing. ;)

Barney Simpson

Monday 5th of March 2018

Great article: Looking forward to seeing Nova Scotia.

Bryan Haines

Monday 5th of March 2018

Thanks Barney. You're going to love it here!