Thursday, December 31, 2009

NYE Shopping: St. Jacobs Farmers' Market

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm celebrating the dawn of a new year in the greater Kitchener-Waterloo area and decided to take a trip to the nearby St. Jacobs Farmers' Market to do some shopping for a New Year's feast.

The market is a landmark in the St. Jacobs area and is mostly run by Mennonite families who live nearby. In the growing season, there are many local fruits and veggies, whereas this time of year it seems the produce comes mostly from the U.S. However, I did spy these Ontario-grown tomatoes, presumably from a greenhouse.

There are local butchers, fishmongers, cheesemakers and bakers selling their wares, as well as handicrafts and pottery, homemade preserves, pickles and other condiments.

I spied some beautiful veggies in cute woven baskets, although they weren't local, they were still photo-worthy!

Check out these eco-friendly and creative ceramic to-go coffee mugs. They are perfect for the fair trade coffee they sell in bulk in the little coffee bar at the market.

I was also drawn to these artisan olive oils and their pretty bottles.

Homemade summer sausage is a heavily featured item at the market, and it is displayed in great abundance.

We only left with a local leg of lamb, but we were able to procure some other tasty items at the local grocery store along with items we had at home to plan the New Near's Eve menu. I hope everyone has a fantastic celebration tonight regardless of how you are ringing in 2010 and I wish you peace, love and good food!

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