Guelph Farmers Market
2 Gordon Street,
519-822-1260 extension 2244 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Hours of operation
- Market hours:
- Saturdays 7 a.m. to 12 noon (year-round)
- Office hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 12 noon; 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 12 noon
Vendor Application Information
Thank you for your interest in vending at the Guelph Farmers’ Market.
We currently have limited availability for temporary vendors.
Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.
To be considered as a vendor at the market, please fill out the appropriate applications and submit them for review. The decision will be based on the bylaws which govern the Guelph market as well as space availability and dependent on the products you intend to sell.
The current composition of the vendor categories at the Guelph Farmers’ Market are:
- 25% Farmer
- 25% Food Reseller
- 25% Prepared Foods
- 20% Arts & Crafts
- 5% Other
If you are applying to vend in a category that is currently full, you can asked to be put on the waiting list.
If you are selling any type of food, you are required to fill out the Wellington-Dufferin Public Health application form. We will contact Public Health on your behalf. Once Public Health has approved your application, we will review the Guelph Farmers’ Market application and inform you if you may vend.
The cost is based on linear footage and is currently charged at $5.93/2ft. Space is rented out at a minimum of 4 ft. Hydro is extra if required.
For vending consideration please complete the application form and deliver to the Market Office or mail to:
Guelph Farmers Market
1 Carden Street
Guelph, ON N1H 3A1
Deeply embedded in history and culture, the Guelph Farmer’s Market serves as a key element in building a social connection between the consumer and the producer.
Before Guelph was proclaimed a city, approximately 17 acres of land was designated (along Carden and Farquhar streets), for the purpose of a public market. The first market house was erected in July 1827 and located in the centre of the market square, site of the present railway station. In addition to serving as a market house it was also utilized as a public meeting place and temporary housing by settlers.
In 1856 the corner stone was laid for a new market house that would better accommodate vending activities from wagons and provide more space for vending stalls. When the newly built Market House/Town Hall opened in 1857, a small portion of the building space was used by council, fire and police departments while the majority of the building continued to be utilized for market activities until 1900.
A large stone floor addition, that included a second floor, was added in the rear of the main building in 1874. The second floor housed a concert hall while the first floor continued to be used for market purposes. Supplementing the indoor market was an outdoor market that offered for sale firewood, hay and grain, and included a wooden building that housed a weigh scale for livestock.
Guelph was host to the Ontario Provincial Fat Stock Shows in 1884, 1886 and from 1890 – 1896. With a promise to erect a new building and support from the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph was chosen as the permanent fair location and to host the first Provincial Winter Fair (new name for the Fat Stock & Dairy Show) in December 1900. The Guelph Winter Fair was so successful that in 1906 the Ontario government provided a grant to extend the Winter Fair Building and the city donated one acre of the market square.
In 1902 a section of the market building, along Wilson Street, was raised one storey and housed dairy cattle, lecture room, boiler room and poultry.
A major addition was constructed in 1909 that protruded in front of the old Winter Fair building and extended to Carden Street line. Cupolas framed the front of the building and the interior housed a show horse arena. A further building extension was planned for 1911 that would contain a show horse barn and connecting tunnel, under the railway tracks, to the main building.
In 1922 Toronto became the home to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, a national agricultural competition. The Guelph Winter Fair, known as the Ontario Winter Fair continued for another 17 years.
During World War II (October 1939), the Winter Fair Building was utilized as barracks for military units. The building served as storage, temporary sleeping quarters for soldiers and accommodated certain training exercises. At the end of the war the Ontario Provincial Fair was not revived and the grand annual social event came to an end.
The 1900 Winter Fair building was renovated in 1948 and an ice arena (Memorial Gardens) was built in the old show ring. The 1909 market building continued to house the Farmers’ Market and was later removed in 1968.
The show horse barn built in 1911, houses the present day market building located on the corner of Wilson and Gordon Streets.
The market was relocated to Exhibition Park Arena during the summer of 2013 to accommodate renovating the building at 2 Gordon Street. The Market re-opened at the newly renovated venue on Saturday, September 14, 2013. View information on the Renovation and Relocation Project.
“Historic Guelph, The Royal City”, Vol XXXIV 1994-1995, published at Guelph Ontario September 1995 by the Guelph Historical Society.
“GUELPH: Perspectives on a Century of Change, 1900 – 2000”, published by the Guelph Historical Society
“To market, to market in early Guelph”, Guelph Mercury Article October 30, 2001 by Ross W. Irwin
Research documents by Professor Gilbert Stelter
1870, City Hall
The wood covered pavillion in front of City Hall was a vegetable market.
(F38-0-14-0-0-157) Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives
18??, Winter Market at City hall
Home of the Winter Fair which grew out of an annual Christmas Fat Stock Show
(F38-0-7-0-0-107) Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives
1874, Market Square
(F38-0-14-0-0-163) Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives
1874, Guelph Wood Market
Wood market looking east along Carden Street.
(F38-0-14-0-0-525) Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives
1938, Show Horse Barn
This building is the location of the present day farmers’ market.
(F38-15-0-0-0541) Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives
1910, Winter Fair Building
(C6-0-0-0-0-616) Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives
1940’s, Produce Market
The background in this picture depicts the cupolas of the 1909 addition
1964, Old City Market Building
(F45-0-4-0-0-68) Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives
The Guelph Farmer’s Market is a member of Taste Real.