The City has a large rural area, home to many farmers. This region surrounding Kingston also produces some of Canada's finest produce, meats, maple syrup, honey, cheeses and other artisan-made goods and locally-made crafts sold at these local farmers' markets.
Kingston Public Market
- Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays - Locally-grown produce and crafts by local artisans (sales generally start at 8:30 a.m. and vendors begin to pack up at around 4 p.m.).
- Sundays - The Square hosts an Antique Market with some produce and crafts.
- Filming requests - The City is now in discussions with the Kingston Public Market Vendors on how to collaboratively accommodate occasional filming requests with minimum disruption to the public market. Learn more about these discussions.
Memorial Centre Market
Winter changes - The market runs out of the Memorial Centre's Bennet Barn until the end of December. From January until May, it will run out of the Princess St. United Church at 484 Princess St.
Westbrook Farmers' Market
Wednesdays - This market operates from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. from May through October at 3526 Princess St.
Come for fresh in-season vegetables, fruit, local meats, preserves, garlic, honey, maple syrup, home baking, artisanal products, barbecue and more. All food is grown on farms within 75 km. Call manager Dale Somerville at 613-389-8900 for more information.
Community Harvest Market
Wednesdays - Located at St. Matthew's United Church, 31 Weller Ave the market operates from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A variety of produce, preserves, jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, and maple syrup. For more information call 613-544-4525, ext. 113.
Operated by the City, Springer Market Square hosts the Kingston Public Market Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It's the oldest continuously running public market in North America. There is also an antique market that operates on Sundays. This beautiful space is the heart of Kingston – and residents and visitors enjoy being able to shop, watch movies, attend concerts and other events there on a regular basis.
In alignment with the Integrated Destination Strategy that Kingston City Council has recently adopted, Springer Market Square has recently attracted the attention of filmmakers. The City is now in discussions with the Kingston Public Market Vendors on how to collaboratively accommodate occasional filming requests with minimum disruption to the public market. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about these discussions.
Is the City looking to end the public market at Springer Market Square?
No. The City supports continuing the public market and wants to find the best way to accommodate vendors and filmmakers.
Has the Kingston Public Market Vendors Association (KPMVA) been involved in discussions about the potential use of the Square by filmmakers?
Yes. The City and the Kingston Film Office have pro-actively met with the KPMVA to hear concerns and collaboratively explore options for how to accommodate filmmakers on the Square in advance of serious film requests, specifically on occasions when filming may need to take place on a regular market day.
Proposed temporary market locations:
What options have been presented for possible relocation of the public market when filming is taking place in the Square?
Staff has provided options to relocate the market in the Ontario Brock parking lot or on Ontario Street. Further conversations are currently ongoing with the Downtown Kingston BIA regarding possible options along Princess Street.
What days of the week are being considered to accommodate filmmakers and may affect the operation of the public market?
The City has committed to look only at Tuesdays as a possible filming day as the KPMVA has indicated this would have the least impact should the public market need to be relocated. Alternatively, an option being explored is for the vendors to be financially compensated directly by a film production.
How many times a year could filming take place on a Tuesday?
The City is considering offering the Square as a possible location to filmmakers up to four Tuesdays per year.
Are there any confirmed film productions coming to Kingston to use Springer Market Square?
No. The Kingston Film Office has not confirmed any productions, but it has received a number of inquiries from scouts regarding the possibility of filming in the Square.
What is the economic impact of filming in Kingston?
According to Kingston's Film Office, Kingston hosted more than 50 productions and more than 20 film-scout tours in 2018. Although numbers are not available for the specific impact to Kingston, as a reference there were 250 major productions in Ontario in 2017 amounting to $1.6 billion being spent in the province and 32,800 jobs being created.
The Kingston Film Office was established last year to attract and support production locally. It notes that there is strong interest and demand from filmmakers with new film access to Kingston Penitentiary. The Kingston Film Office and the City are involved in these discussions with the Kingston Public Market Vendors Association to develop a framework to allow for increased filming access to Springer Market Square.