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Peach Picking: Summer’s Delightful Fruits & A Recipe Or Two

Summer’s are just about the perfect time to head out to the Niagara region. While wine sipping and patio hopping are pretty much amongst fun activities to do, one of my favorite ways to spend time around this region is fruit picking. Fruit picking and vegetable farms are open through the summer across Ontario and are a great source of locally grown produce. We were out and about last weekend and whilst it was a scorching hot day here in Toronto, we arrived fairly early in the morning at The Parkway Orchards located in the Niagara region. As luck would have it, we did manage to pick some wonderful peaches that morning. They are located on 15000 Niagara Parkway on the way to Niagara on The Lake. Ideally it would be best to call them a day in advance to check on timings and availability of fruit for picking. The farm charges a small entry fee of $4 per head and a minimum $6 deposit per basket which is deducted from the fruit purchase. I …

Summer Fruit Picking: Mixed Berries & Chia Seed Jam

    Spring & Summer outdoor activities are synonymous with farm visits and fresh berry picking. With an abundance of  summer berries ranging from strawberries, raspberries, Saskatoon berries and black currants, one is spoilt for choice through the summer. We visited Brooks farms located in  East Gwillianbury, Ontario a couple of weeks ago. This family run farm has vast acres of various  Berries, Peas, & Sunflowers. The sheer joy of walking through the fields and getting to pick your own berries is very relaxing and therapeutic indeed. Covid measures were in place when we arrived at the farm.One was able to buy ones baskets at the entrance of the fields. These baskets were of various sizes depending on the quantity one required. The farm also hosts a covered farmers market store that stocked on various fresh farm produce including asparagus, rhubarb, snap peas and corn. They also had a great variety of honey and maple syrup, home made old fashioned fudge and a variety of dairy and meat products.   Berry picking is a delicious …

Beyond Poutine: Montreal Must Eats

The past few years have taken us to Montreal on several occasions. The very first visit was in seeing  the dear son off for his first year at McGill University. We have been there a couple of times since and of course the last visit a couple of weeks ago for his graduation. Each visit has been unique in exploring this city to its best.