An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Archive for the ‘Local Agriculture and Farming’ Category

Summer Markets

St. Jacob's Farmers Market

Fresh local produce is abundant now at our local farmers markets in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. There are several farm stores in the region as well local farm products for sale at farm lanes. Foodlink Waterloo Region’s website provides up to date information on shopping from farmers in our area.

The Record featured an article a couple of weeks ago about a Kitchener teenager, Claire Matlock, who is following the 100 Mile Diet for 18 months. Her blog is inspiring as she writes about finding and preparing local foods. Do stop and check out Cooking with Claire and make an effort to buy some fresh local food this weekend.

Written by Ruth

August 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

Waterloo County Horse Sale

I featured the Waterloo County Horse Sale in a post on June 27, 2009 and it is one of the most searched and viewed subjects on this blog. This horse auction is held on the last Saturday of every month at the Ontario Stock Exchange which is adjacent to the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. The sale starts at noon and today was the third time I have stopped by to take pictures. I had never seen the actual auction take place outdoors before. I put several photographs and a video clip together on iMovie and uploaded this four minute movie to YouTube.

Written by Ruth

April 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Maple Syrup for Sale

Sobeys on Fisher Hallman Road in Kitchener has allowed the sale of farm-fresh maple syrup outside their front door in recent weeks. These boys were waiting for their next customer last Saturday.

Written by Ruth

April 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Local Produce

Martins Family Fruit Farm retail store still has lots of local produce for sale at competitive prices.

Written by Ruth

April 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Spring Pruning

Pruning is underway at Martins Family Fruit Farm orchard. I don’t know who has the job of picking up all the branches on the ground.

Written by Ruth

April 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

It was a perfect early spring day for the annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. We arrived well before 9 AM and Arthur Street was already jammed with pedestrians. It was the busiest I have seen it in a few years and when we returned to Kitchener, the traffic was backed up all the way to Waterloo on the expressway. There is a good variety of street food for sale besides pancakes and maple syrup.

Written by Ruth

April 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Early Spring Orchard

This small orchard is on Three Bridges Road just outside St. Jacobs. The snow is melting and our early spring skies are heavy and grey, but before long these trees will blossom again.

Written by Ruth

March 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

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