35 York Boulevard,
Hours of Operation
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 7am - 5pm
Outdoor Market - June 8 to Nov 2
Saturday 7am - 3pm
The Market is closed on Mondays,
Wednesdays, Sundays and
all statutory holidays.
Car Parks: Rates and information
Car Park 13 - 96 James St N at Wilson
Car Park 37 - 80 Main St W – Convention Centre
Car Park 62 - 14 Vine St.
Car Park 66 - 106 Bay St N and Cannon
Car Park 68 - 28 York Boulevard
Car Park 80 - Bay and King
On-Street Parking: Rates and information
FREE on-street meter parking on Saturdays
Meters take all coins except pennies
1 hour validated parking at the York Boulevard
Parkade starting March 1, 2014. Vendors are
validating the parking.
Food & Culture Events, Workshops, Demonstrations & More
The Hamilton Farmers' Market hosts a variety of free food and culture events, workshops, demonstrations and more for all ages and abilities. Pick up a monthly program calendar or join our email contact list to learn about activities in the community kitchen, market food court or community space.
Join us for events and cooking programs at the Hamilton Farmers' Market
Be inspired by chefs, cooks and food experts that turn market fresh ingredients into quick delicious recipes you can make at home.
Events and cooking programs include:
- Free Saturday Morning Programs: Cooking at the MARKET (hands-on) & Cooking at the MARKET (demonstration)
- Food Education & Lunch 'n' Learns (by partner agencies)
- Singers, Songwriters and Musicians at the MARKET
- Seasonal events, crafts, contests and colouring pages
History of the Market
The Hamilton Farmers' Market was originally founded in 1837, at the corner of York & James Streets. Andrew and Mary Miller transferred a small parcel of land to the President and Board of Police of the Town of Hamilton, to be utilized specifically for a Market.
The Market has been in its current location next to the Hamilton Public Library since August 1980. All indoors!
In 2011, the market was completely renovated and now features:
- A community gathering place that has a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
- Wide mix of quality, affordable local produce and culturally diverse products from nearly 70 vendors. View current vendor list by product type.
- Selection of fresh foods prepared onsite.
- A community kitchen for cooking demonstrations and events
- Improved energy efficiency and accessibility
- Fully restored Birks clock hanging proudly in the centre of the market.
View the 2011 Hamilton Farmers' Market Shopper Survey Report (pdf)
Interesting Facts About the Historic Birks Clock
- Also known as “Clock of the Charging Horsemen”
- Commissioned by Birks Jewelers for the corner of their building at King and James; designed by Kruger Gray, who also created the designs for the Canadian penny and nickel
- The clock measures over 17’ in height, weighs over a ton and is made of bronze cladding
- The clock features a round Norman tower, and four jousting knights at the base modeled after a clock at Wells Cathedral in England
- The knights joust 2 times at the quarter hours; 4 times at the half hour; 6 times at the ¾ hour and 8 times at the hour – the same as they did in 1930
- For its restoration in the newly renovated Farmers’ Market, the clock was taken completely apart – over 1,000 pieces – and each piece was treated and most painted before reassembly
- The new mechanism includes a sound system that is capable of playing numerous programmable tunes:
- The ¼ hour chimes are based on the Winchester tune.
- 9 a.m.: ‘Oranges and Lemons’;
- Noon: ‘Cockles and Mussels’
- 3 p.m.: ‘Polly Put the Kettle On’