Originating the same year as St. Paul’s Church, in 1750, Halifax’s farmers’ market is the oldest continuously running market in North America. Over its history, it bounced between many locales from church basements to breweries. That all changed in November 2010, when local purveyors finally got a permanent home right on the harbor.
The 56,000-square-foot multilevel building is open year-round; its hours change depending on the season. The best time to visit is during lunch on a Saturday. Grab a lobster roll overflowing with meat or fish and chips at The Fish Shop. Wash it down with Garrison, a local soda. Or venture over to the Avondale Sky Winery stall for a glass of sauvignon blanc.
There are many delectable choices for dessert, from the Stickler chocolates made by hand, including an addictive sea salt caramel, to the chocolate or tangerine mini-cupcakes at Little Red Kitsch’n. You can head upstairs to the rooftop garden and dine al fresco while savoring the waterfront locale.
The venue is also a good market for souvenirs, like jewelry made from sea glass, folk art, or the handcrafted cutting boards from Swaine Street Woodworking.
Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market 1209 Marginal Road, Pier 20, Halifax, halifaxfarm ersmarket.com.