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  • But, less than a half hour away is a Holiday Inn, and other low cost, family oriented hotels

    • by gracepub
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      This farmers market is one of the last predominantly Mennonite Farmer’s Markets in Ontario. The sheds are still full of horse drawn buggies, and the booths are managed by shy German-Mennonite girls, in white lace bonnets and long plain skirts. The management of the >St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market have done a good job blending one of a kind crafts with a flea market, and the Mennonite Farmers Market.

      It is not uncommon to have 10 000 people walk through the property on a single day in the summer. The Farmer’s Market is located on the edge of St. Jacobs, just north of Waterloo.

      Take King street, or the expressway, north through Waterloo, and keep driving. You


      will drive right past the Farmer’s market. You can’t miss it.

      The main barn where Mennonites sell their goat, rabbit, lamb, beef, chicken and turkey is the size of a box store. The parking lot is full of produce trucks that bring fresh vegetables and fruit straight from the farm, or the produce terminals. There is a small flea market at the back, cleverly hidden behind the sheds.

      And the main sales building. But, there is no junk sold here. You can buy a hand painted dinner set from Ruthanne, or a lawn hose that rolls itself up, or extends to 50′ from a kindly British gentleman who travels all over America.

      At lunch you ...


      • can have German food, ice cream on waffles, or Belgium waffles with real maple syrup and whip cream. If this is too rich then there is a good restaurant in the sales building that sells good solid means for a reasonable price. There is plenty of parking.

        If the main Farmer’s Market is too much, then go across the road. There is a smaller more provincial farmer’s market where the girls only speak German and bartering for vegetables is still possible. If the area is still to ‘touristy’ then drive North East in the spring to watch teams of 2 - 6 horses plowing the land, or maybe a flock of swans resting on their trip to Alaska.

        In the

        summer you can watch the horses, men and boys, harvesting hay. In the fall you can watch them harvest the corn, all by hand. And, if you are lucky enough to come on a Sunday morning then you’ll see the roads covered by dozens and dozens of buggies.

        However, you won’t be able to buy quilts, sausages, or maple syrup from the farms on Sunday. Right beside the Farmer’s Market is a period designed, five star Inn. But, less than a half hour away is a Holiday Inn, and other low cost, family oriented hotels.

        And, of course, the area is teaming with Bed and Breakfasts. Time needed to see the area well: 1 - 3 days.




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