Masonville Farmer’s Market

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The Masonville Farmers’ Market is opening for the season this Friday, May 8, bright and early at 8:00am and will be there until 2:00pm.

The Market is located in the Masonville Place Sears parking lot, off Richmond Street north, just south of Fanshawe Park Road.

The Masonville Farmers’ Market features farmers, bakers, and artisans from London and the surrounding area. This is a delicious opportunity to meet the people who actually farm your food and learn from them how it is grown, where it is grown, and to support them directly. While you’re there, treat yourself to a coffee at the mobile Fire Roasted Coffee truck, buy a sweet treat at one of the bakeries, pick up some specialty bread and some specialty jam to go with it, fresh bacon for breakfast, organic seedlings for your own garden, and of course all of the seasonal fruits and vegetables you can fit in your arms!

IF YOU GO

Remember that this is a local farmers market – you will find the best of the season, not the best of the world. Banana’s, mangoes, and oranges will be imported to the grocery store, not here!

Bring your own reusable grocery bags to cut down on the plastic.

Stop at a bank machine on the way so that you have lots of cash. There is a TD Canada Trust across the street, a Royal Bank across Fanshawe by East Side Marios, and various bank machines in the mall.

There is lots of free parking in the parking lot beside the market.

The Masonville Farmers’ Market is open every FRIDAY until the end of September. Visit weekly to get the best of the season, all season!

Farm Boy

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It is the mantra of every healthy eater at the grocery store: shop the perimeter, skip the centre aisles. Sound familiar? Farm Boy takes that one step further by just removing the centre aisles. Instead of a grocery store full of processed, packaged, high-sodium, high-sugar, bags and boxes of things that make nutritionists cringe, they’ve removed all of that stuff and what is left is Farm Boy’s selection of fresh produce, fresh seafood and sushi, Ontario-raised, grain-fed meat, an extensive deli counter, salad bar, antipasto bar, breads, a large selection of cheeses and dairy/dairy-substitutes, and a whole bunch of store-made, ready to eat meals and snacks such as sandwiches, pizza, pasta, soups and desserts. There’s even a space for you to take your food and eat it there if you can’t wait until you get home ;)

In addition to all of the fresh food, Farm Boy also has their own private label dried goods, sauces, seasonings, tortilla chips, and the like, as well as a selection of packaged foods by other small brands. Think of it like shopping in the natural foods section of your traditional grocery store – you will find nuts, seeds, kale chips, dried fruits, bulk snacks, and the like, most with GMO-free, organic or other labels that set them apart from the big labels.

IF YOU GO

Farm Boy is now open in two locations in London:

1045 Wellington Road South

109 Fanshawe Park Road East

They will soon be opening:

1415 Beaverbrook Avenue

Sugar Bush Season

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Oh, sweet maple sugar, it’s almost March! And with March brings the sugar snow and the flow of sap through the maple trees. If you are keen to take your family to a Sugar Bush for this truly Canadian experience, here are some of the popular ones in our area:

CRINKLAW MAPLE SYRUP

Crinklaw’s Sugar House is open MARCH 8 through APRIL 11, Wednesdays to Sundays from 10:00am to 3:00pm. They are in London, just south of the 402. For directions, see HERE.

FORT ROSE MAPLE COMPANY

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