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A Shopping Trip to the Exeter Market

24 Jun Exeter's Farmer's Market

by Diva Christine Harris

Exeter's Farmer's MarketIt was a beautiful day outside for a Farmer’s Market and I was lucky enough to meet all the vendors and talk to them.  Here are the people and places I met on June 19th during my shopping trip to the market.

Truly-Local-(2)Truly Local

Matt McIntire from Truly Local has a food truck set up and today his specials are Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Meatball Subs. Matt believes in using only local meat, he can tell you exactly where he has gotten his meat from that he’s serving that day and when it was butchered.

Eagleson-FarmsEagleson Farms

Matt Eagleson primarily sells beef, lamb and pork from his farm near Grand Bend.  Most of their food is organic, or pretty close to it.  They also have peanut products from the Simcoe area.

The Healthy Hemp GuyThe Healthy Hemp Guy

Brent Holden sells Canadian made hemp products such as clothes, soaps, and seeds.  He also has a variety of balms, bamboo towels and coconut oil.

Bayfield-Berry-FarmBayfield Berry Farm

This vendor has a wide variety of items, ranging from produce to baked goods and canned goods.  Today the strawberries are in season as well as asparagus and rhubarb.  The pies and tarts look great!

Sandra's-Country-CraftsSandra’s Country Crafts

Sandra has a variety of crafts available for sale.  She enjoys making canvas art, handmade jewelry, and she also knits and crochets items like dishcloths.

WallyWally’s

Wally makes his very own jams, pickles and relish, all ready to take home at reasonable prices.

Good-Luck-GardensGood Luck Gardens

Joanne and Dave Foster are from Kirkton and have been in business for 24 years now.  Today tomatoes, asparagus and potatoes are for sale. They also have some beautiful planters and if you’re someone who enjoys growing their own food, they have heirloom tomato plants.  Look for Joanne on the cover of Rural Voice.

Pillitteri-Estates-WineryPillitteri Estates Winery

All the way from Niagara on the Lake this family owned and operated business joins our farmer’s market with five types of wine.  They have been in business since 1993 and have won over 700 awards.

Susan's-CraftsSusan’s Crafts

Susan has many unique crafts in her booth today.  She makes birdfeeders and what she calls dress-ups for the kids.  She also makes handmade quilts, pillows and purses from used clothing.

The-Home-FarmThe Home Farm

Kirk and Carol pick their produce the morning they come out to the market, so you know what you’re getting is fresh.  Today Carol is selling peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, parsley, lettuce and garlic. She also makes baked goods from spelt, which you can also buy as berries to make your own goodies at home. Today she sells a variety of cookies and pies.

Sheldon-BerriesSheldon Berries

Ray Sheldon from Lakeside Ontario is displaying some beautiful strawberries today.  He tells me that they have raspberries in their greenhouses and blueberries will be ready for July.  Ray is also selling honey, apple butter and raspberry jam.

Cedarvilla-Angus-FarmsCedarVilla Angus Farms

This 7th generation family farm from the Zurich area takes great pride in their products.  Today they were selling beef roasts, pepperettes and beef jerky.  You can contact them to place larger orders as well.

Much more than just leather at The Old Mill

4 Nov

By Diva Trista Russell

Old Mill sign

I can now proudly check one place off my Huron County “to-visit” list: The Old Mill in Blyth. As this was my first-ever visit, I was pleasantly surprised that they carry more than just leather coats. In fact, I was actually blown away at the variety of apparel they offer!

As their website indicates, “The Old Mill is just off Highway 4, nestled amid the picturesque beauty of the countryside, one mile south of Blyth, is the most surreal shopping experience, The Old Mill.” That folks, is a true statement for Canada’s largest leather storeladies clothing.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who assumed that they carried just leather goods. I envisioned everything leather: coats, gloves, boots, wallets, and some sheepskins. When I arrived, I found out that they carry all that PLUS formal dresses, fancy hats, scarves, purses, shoes, jewellery, cowboy boots, wool coats, designer men’s and women’s clothing, shapewear, Uggs, children’s clothes, stuffed animals, moccasins, sheepskin slippers…and more. They carry this all in not one, but two buildings!

second buildingThe sheepskins they had near the entrance have a variety of uses. There are rugs for decor, sheepskin for car seat covers, medical shearlings to help prevent bed sores, to lambskins to line cribs to help prevent colic and diaper rash. And many of these sheepskin rugs are 100% washable! One neat item I discovered was sheepskin slippers. After trying them on, I know that they are very cozy and light–perfect for a Canadian winter. I wish I had taken a photo of these neat Canadian-made slippers! I think they would make a great gift for the cowboy bootsholidays.

In the second building, they have discounted coats, both leather and wool, located on the upper floor (as shown in the photo). They carry a variety of sizes (to 4 XL tall) so there are lots to choose from.

The Old Mill is celebrating 50 years in business, and recently installed one of Huron County’s first electric car charging station. Visit them at 82790 London Road.

Great dinner in Blyth

10 Nov

I used to head down to Blyth to go to the “Rubber Boot” (The Blyth Inn) and sing karaoke and have a few drinks with my friends. In the past four or five years I have gone to the Blyth Inn to have great large portioned gourmet meals. Last week was the Huron Tourism Association Annual General Meeting and Fall dinner. This is an annual meeting where members network and chat about the year, but of course the main part of the evening is dinner.

We started off the night with Roasted Butternut Squash, served with a maple crème fraiche. What a delightful soup to have on a cool fall day!

The main course was Roasted Chicken Breast stuffed with oyster mushrooms, braised leeks and bacon lardons finished with an extra old cheddar cheese sauce with yukon gold potato puree and Sauteed seasonal vegetables. Another autumn themed course, delicious.

For dessert we had a Local Apple Surprise – it was apples baked in pastry with vanilla ice cream, sooo good!

Of course Pelee Island Wines were served with the courses!

I was sitting with my friends Chris and Judy Lee (their daughter in law is one of the owners!) and they were telling me that on different occasions throughout the year their son brings in wild game and cooks it with chef Jason Rutledge. I am a big fan of trying different cuts and types of game, so I asked them to tell me the next time this happened, so I could check it out! I will make sure to write a blog post about it for sure!

Do you think about food all the time? Win a dinner with the Travel Divas!

28 Jun

By: Diva Jenna

CONTEST –  to win a Food For Thought dinner with the Travel Divas

If you would like to win a dinner (see below for the dinners) at the Taste of Huron with the Travel Divas and be a star for the day on the Ontario Travel Divas site, all you have to do is:

Post your favourite culinary experience in Huron County to the bottom of this blog!

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I think about food all the time! Huron is one of the most agriculturally productive counties in Ontario and we have some of the best culinary treats around! I’m going to be regularly posting about the different events that are happening during the two week event!

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there are going to be 7 Food For Thought dinners and 2 Locavore Luncheons. They are happening on week days in between August 29 & September 9. These meals include three courses, plus an interesting foodie topic, they don’t break the bank at $40 for the dinners and $20 for the lunches and they take place all across the County.

Taste of Huron – Food For Thought Dinners

Check out the website for more details www.tasteofhuron.ca

Cost: $40.00* (does not include: beverages, taxes or service)
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Details: Please call individual restaurants to make reservations

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thank a Farmer

Hosted by: Hessenland Country Inn
Contact: 1-866-543-7736
www.hessenland.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Functional Foods: Enhancing Your Diet

Hosted by: Benmiller Inn & Spa
Contact: 1-800-265-1711
www.benmillerinnandspa.com

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato & More!

Hosted by: The Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro
Contact: 1-519-565-2326
www.blackdogpubbistro.ca

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Healthy Doesn’t Have to be Boring!

Hosted by: Fireside Cafe
Contact: 1-519-357-4484
www.thefiresidecafe.com

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Blyth Inn – coming soon!

Hosted by: The Blyth Inn
Contact: 1-519-523-9381
www.blythinn.ca

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Huron County’s Wine Industry

Hosted by: The Little Inn of Bayfield
Contact: 1-800-565-1832
www.littleinn.com

Thursday, September 8 2011

A Fish Out of Water

Hosted by: Eddington’s of Exeter
Contact: 1-519-235-3030
www.eddingtons.ca

A Winter Walk and Lunch

6 Mar

Friday lunches with co-workers is one of my favorite gatherings of the week. We don’t go out every week, but try to get out once in a while!

Today we decided to walk from our office over to a restaurant called Thyme on 21. The owner Peter King met us at the door and asked to hang our coats. Great customer service!

We sat down and were brought our drinks and some of their delicious homemade onion and sage bread. Someone told me they had the recipe once… if anyone has it, send it along to me!

We all ordered different items and the conversation really went quite when the food made it to the table. I was yet again impressed with Peter and crew at Thyme on 21. Great, local, yummy food.

If you want more information, you can visit www.thymeon21.com

Jenna

Check out the photos below!


Crabcakes with Salad


Quicke of The Day with Soup and Salad


Quicke of The Day with Soup and Salad


The Local Thyme on 21 producer List (I love when restaurants tell us this!)


Luncheon Salad – with proscuitto!

Cross Country Skiing

6 Mar

It was in my plans to become a cross country skier this year… and it’s looking like 2012 is a more likely option.

I love downhill skiing, but there aren’t many hills close by, so I thought, why not start cross-country skiing. In Huron county we have many trails in the area that have awesome cross country skiing. As of yesterday I was thinking the general skiing season was going to be over. The temperature started going up and it rained most of today, meaning that a good amount of the snow melted… but it has now snowed a couple of inches, so here’s hoping we get the snow back!

Some of my reasoning around wanting to cross county ski had to do with going out with a crew last year and videoing their time.Check out the video below to see what we got up to!

If you are interested in checking out the hills and trails in Huron County, click on the map below!

Huron County Ski Map

Huron County Ski Map

Thanks,

Jenna

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