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A Farmer's Market but not as you'd know it

Waterloo, Canada


Blue skies again and off to St Jacob's Food Market today. Think big, very big – huge market outside, large market indoors, countless stalls and all piled high with every vegetable or fruit imaginable. I've never seen such huge beef steak tomatoes, cauliflowers the size of small wheels and water melons in varying sizes, the largest needing to be transported in a buggy while the mother carried her small child. There were stalls, selling honey a few craft goods and, in the indoor section, a range of different meats and delicatessen items with Italian, French or German roots - who needs to go to Europe with this to choose from. A cattle auction was in progress as we wandered past and we caught sight of a few of the Mennonite community in their distinctive dress. It wasn't until the afternoon though ,when we visited the township, that we caught sight of some of the brethren driving their horse drawn wagons coming back from the market. The township was busy with some lovely shops selling pottery goods, glassware and quilts. We asked directions to the Maple Syrup Museum and spent a while looking at the exhibits and watching a video about syrup production before heading back to the flat via the local LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) to pick up some wine for the evening. Thank heavens for air conditioning!

permalink written by  rickandsuejohnson on July 27, 2010 from Waterloo, Canada
from the travel blog: Go west, then go west some more.
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