The local food scene starts at the weekly Farmers’ Market throughout Peterborough & the Kawarthas. This is the place where farmers meet foodies, on Saturday morning at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market, you’re apt to see a chef buying fresh, farm-raised fare for the evening menu. The market is renowned for high-quality, locally grown fare.
A tradition since 1825, the farmers’ market has broken attendance records in recent years. Its success has inspired the growth of the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ market open Wednesdays during the summer and fall, as well as similar markets in Lakefield, Apsley, Millbrook and Buckhorn. You can shop at a local market just about every day of the week here. And as the local farm-to-table movement gains momentum, there’s pride among area restaurants in serving locally sourced food—Brad Watt, at the helm of the Rare Grill House on Brock Street—estimates that 70% of his menu is sourced locally. Farmers are taking new pride in the crops they grow, catering to a new discerning market. Meanwhile, other culinary artisans—craft brewers, gourmet coffee vendors, pastry chefs, market gardeners, even a fruit winery—have raised the bar further. Customers are eating it up like never before.
The new wave in local cuisine is not new in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. For over 10 years a strong buy local, farm to table choice has been living and breathing, being served up daily.
And surprisingly tastes from around the world can be found in our parts from Mexican, Italian to Greek and Japanese…and much more. From roadside chip trucks to fine dining, the mood is still casual and the atmosphere is inviting. It all makes for a memorable meal… something to really savour.