Christmas for my family is not really about the gifts, its more about family and sharing moments, playing some games, and eating really good food! However, I do like spreading a little joy and sharing some of my favourite food and artisanal products with friends and family.
That is why I’m sharing my top holiday gifts this year and the best part is that all these items support local Ontario businesses (and most are under $30 so they won’t break the bank)! I’ve tried all of the items on this list, and I can personally say that they are amazing products that will make you feel good inside and out.
One of the best things you can do this holiday season to support local is shop small and not from big corporations. I’ve chosen items that are easily accessible even if you don’t plan super ahead. I would highly encourage you to go shopping to small boutique shops or even make the trip to some holiday markets this year. I guarantee you’ll be able to buy something made from real ingredients and crafted with love.
Give the gift of local this season and spread the love by supporting local. Now, let’s get to my top ten food and artisanal product picks this year!
Secret Lands Farm is a family run, sheep farm that offers a variety of dairy and meat products. I had the pleasure of meeting Sophie Burov, one of the owners of the farm a couple of years ago when they had their shop in downtown Toronto on Dupont St. During my visit, I was super spoiled and was able to try most, if not all of their amazing products so I can be sure when I say they have some of the best dairy products in Ontario!
Shopping local products should be a fun and affordable experience for all!
Thanks to Anne Marie Bianco from Amaryllis Gardens, I have four simple tips for you on ways you can support local and stay within budget.
4 Reasons To Buy & Eat Local
More and more people are buying and eating local--and for good reason too!
It's not only healthier for you but it is better for the environment and our future.
By buying local, you are getting top quality, fresh tasting food, and you are actively supporting local farmers and your local economy.
I have gathered up four of the top reasons why we all should join in this local community and not only have better tasting food but a better lifestyle as well!
The warmer weather, Spring showers, and blooming flowers, only mean one thing: Summer is coming!
And with summer comes outdoor farmer markets; Yay!
Soon we will be surrounded by that familiar lively and vibrant atmosphere that the market stalls full of fresh produce, fruits, meats, and other delicious goodies bring.
But just like farmers and vendors getting their products ready for the Farmer Market season, we need to prepare as well!
And that's why I've made a list of the five things I do before any trip to the market.
If you are a new comer to the growing farmers market and local food scene, then you definitely need to check these tips out!
And if you are a farmers market pro, you may already know some of these tips, but there is no harm in having a little re-fresh after all those winter months, right?
Let's get ready for farmers market season!
Before Top Market Family Farms, people didn’t have a place to find common farmer market goods during the off-season months between November and April.
However, as of January, this little family shop, owned by Farmer Leslie and her husband is home to a variety of different local and Ontario made products all year round!
Nested in the heart of downtown Cambridge, Top Market Family Farms is probably as local as you can get here in Ontario.