The Farmers' Market has been operating in Downtown Belleville for nearly two centuries. Current vendors bring the best of local fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts and other good.
- Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
- Maple Syrup
- Natural health items
- Fresh locally roasted coffee
- Much more...
The Downtown Belleville Farmers' Market is located in historic Market Square behind City Hall.
We're open Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday - year round.
For more information of to become a vendor please contact Market Manager Jackie Tapp (tel: 613-476-1255)
History of Belleville Farmers' Market
Belleville Farmers Market was established in 1816. For more than a century, Belleville City Hall dominated the local street scape and housed the city's municipal government. Constructed in 1872-73, five years before Belleville became a city, the original building housed an indoor market on the first floor and, on the second floor, a dual-purpose public hall, auditorium, municipal office and council chamber. The 144' foot tower boasted a large clock visible from both east and west hills, a bell to summon firemen and policemen and a weather vane to show which way the wind was blowing. A pine flag staff rose from the tower. Since wooden poles kept breaking, an iron pole was substituted in 1912. Today, the pole extends 29 feet above the tower.
After yeoman service for almost a century, the building had fallen into disrepair. By 1970, the roof was leaking, window sills were rotting, and falling masonry made life hazardous for citizens attempting to pay their taxes. The solution involved architect Bill White and Bel-Con Engineering of Belleville. In 1986, they proposed a reorganization creating four floors were there had been two. In the new design, the attic became council chamber and executive offices. As well, the second floor was divided to create a third level. These renovations provided 10,000 square feet of additional floor space. A skylight atrium provided exterior light to all floors. The official reopening took place on October 30, 1988. During the first week , more than 2,000 people toured the building. So great was interest in the $2,500,000 expenditure that many waited in line for hours, braving showers and cool temperatures. Of course, these improvements meant farmers could no longer conduct their business inside! Not to fear - the Farmers' Market has also been refurbished.
Quinte area farmers, artisans and politicians are now handsomely accommodated to carry their tradition of quality service into the new millennium. Whenever you are in the Quinte region, check out the rich variety of crafts and produce at the Belleville Farmers' Market. In the spring, the market comes alive with maple syrup and crafts, and remains a 'hive of activity' right through the Christmas season. The market is held in the Market Square beside City Hall, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 7 a.m to 6 p.m. all the year round. One can contact the Belleville Farmers' Jackie Tapp at the market on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday morning or by calling (613) 476-1255.