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St Jacobs Farmer’s MarketI was up at St Jacobs Farmer’s Market this morning. It’s the second Saturday in a row that I took the short drive from Uptown Waterloo for some fresh bread and Strawberries. I wanted to get a couple of pies as well – I got Dutch Apple and a Strawberry Rhubarb – and I ended up with some tomatoes and some peas and luncheon meat. Everything is so fresh, home made and delicious, it’s hard to resist. I don’t try to resist though because with two teenagers around my house food never goes bad.

St Jacobs is open all year round with fresh farm products from across the region and surrounding counties. The outdoor market changes with the seasons and, when in full swing, is a mix of local growers, Old Order Mennonite farmers, quality flea market wares, edibles, bedding plants, buskers, and a petting farm. Bedsides, whatever is in season, there are sunglasses, music, belts, hats, pants, footwear, hotdogs and other food and juices. Hundreds of food and craft vendors are there with Ontario’s farm-fresh produce, meat, cheese, and baking. You’ll also find tempting ready-to-eat regional specialties and international foods.

The main market building is a post and beam structure with foods on the first level. This is the place for meats, cheeses, pies and lunch. The second level is devoted to home decor and crafts. Peddler’s Village next door boasts house wares, furniture, fashions, footwear, crafts and upscale food vendors.

There are so many vendors with discount clothing, toys, candy, and other wares but wait, there’s more. Adjacent to the market site there is also a factory outlet mall with stores selling top brands like: Samsonite, Royal Dalton, Oxford Mill, Lego (the kids will love playing here) Corningware, Levi’s, Panderno, Rockport, Saucony…

Where: 878 Weber Street North, Waterloo

The St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is open:

• Thursday and Saturday    7 am – 3:30 pm all year
• NOW OPEN Tuesdays     8 am – 3 pm for the summer

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My Mom likes St Jacobs’ Farmers Market

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