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Experience Maple Syrup Season with Sugar Bush Tours in St. Jacobs

 

With the maple syrup season in full swing, St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours is busy hosting excursions to the sugar bush. 

 

On their "Sugar Bush Tour", you'll travel from St. Jacobs Farmers' Market with a guide aboard a horse-drawn trolley to a real sugar bush on a Mennonite farm to learn about maple syrup production firsthand.
 

Upon arrival at the sugar bush, visitors can take a short walking tour and see a progression of methods used to turn watery sap from maple trees into thick sweet maple syrup: first by indigenous people, then by settlers and pioneers, and finally, by those of a modern-day maple syrup producer. 

 

You'll see how sap is collected and boiled down to syrup, have the opportunity to tap a tree, or participate in old fashion log sawing. 

 

Hopefully you will have worked up an appetite because this tour also includes pancakes with fresh maple syrup made on site, and hot coffee or apple cider, served up by the woodstove in the bush's cosy former sugar shanty.
 


Need more real Ontario maple syrup products to get your fix? You can purchase fresh maple toffee on snow and other local maple syrup products.

 

But that is not everything. This family-friendly tour even has a small petting area where kids can see farm animals up close before reboarding the trolley for the return trip to Market.

 

The "Sugar Bush Tour" leaves from St. Jacobs Farmers' Market on Saturdays from March 3 - April 15, 2017, departing every half hour from 9 - 3:30. (also daily Monday - Saturday during March Break). For more details, visit www.stjacobshorsedrawntours.com
 

You can also purchase fresh local maple syrup at St. Jacobs Farmers' Market (open Thursday & Saturday all year)  or at The Farm Pantry in St. Jacobs (open daily).

 

For more things maple, visit The Maple Syrup Museum in St. Jacobs, or plan to attend the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival - billed as the world's largest annual maple syrup festival - taking place Saturday April 1, 2017.
 

 

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"Lots to Love" February SALE at St Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market!

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market is jazzing up your February with a “Lots to Love” sale! Throughout Market, food and craft vendors participate with their own unique offers and specials.

Find top quality cuts of fresh meats and poultry, sausages and deli meats, cheese, farm fresh eggs, homestyle baking, mouthwatering desserts, locally-grown apples and other hardy Ontario crops, ready-to-eat foods, plus clothing, housewares, and handicrafts galore.


 

Some people love the routine and bustle of our Saturday market, while others enjoy the more laid back, quieter atmosphere of Thursday market at this time of year.  Either way, more than 200+ vendors are there to serve you this February in three distinct buildings, and you may even find a few hardy outdoor vendors too!


Stop by, chat with the farmers, growers and producers themselves, and discover all there is to love at St. Jacobs Market! Click here to see the full list of vendor specials during their "Lots to Love" February sale event.

 

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market is OPEN
Thursday & Saturday all year, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plus Tuesdays in summer too, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

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Antiques and Collectibles February Sale at Market Road Antiques

February is an especially great time to visit Market Road Antiques because prices are rolled back on almost everything: antique furniture, antique glass and china, collectibles, vinyl records, estate jewelry, vintage clothing, art, books and toys!
 

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Each dealer within this expansive indoor antique mall can choose how deeply to discount their wares. And when they do – that discount applies to all items in their booth*! This year, expect to see discounts of up to 50% off!

 

At Market Road Antiques you’ll meet many friendly and knowledgeable staff, including people like Jeff. By age 10, Jeff had already developed a keen interest in antiques. Jeff writes:
 
“When I was young, my parents would go with me to auctions to bid for me, because auctioneers would not look at a kid bidding on items. My great uncle was a collector and I would go with him to auctions too. Things he did not want, I would get. When I was in (elementary and secondary) school I’d spend hours in the library learning as much as I could about antiques and collecting. As I got a few pieces together, I’d refinish them and send them to auction; the proceeds would fund a March Break trip to Europe”. 
 

From that early foundation Jeff built a 30-year career in antiques, working at well-regarded antiques establishments including Market Road Antiques, and is passionate about estate jewelry, furniture, folk art, china and glass.
 
So whether you’re looking for a show-stopping piece to shake up modern space, or some items to complete farmhouse rustic décor… are a do-it-yourselfer looking for a new project, or are in the market for jewelry or gifts for Valentine’s Day, make the trip to Market Road Antiques in February!

 

MRA is open every day of the year, including all holidays (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day). Located on Weber Street next to the TSC store. 

 

*some "red dot" items excepted

 

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