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From the Farm - Treat Yourself to Local Dairy Chocolate Milk!

From the Farm: Eby Manor Golden Guernsey Dairy’s Chocolate Milk is a Real Food Treat!


While shopping at the Meats & Cheese store in St. Jacobs recently, I purchased a glass bottle of Eby Manor Golden Guernsey Chocolate Milk as a treat for myself. I was completely unprepared for the flood of joy that overtook me upon my first sip of this smooth, rich beverage.

 

“Some say it tastes like a chocolate milkshake, others describe it as a liquid chocolate bar, several have likened it to melted chocolate ice cream.”

 

This quote from the Eby Manor web site, although accurate, cannot quite capture the rapture that their product invokes. Decanted cold from its retro style glass bottle, I am reminded of days gone by and memories of fresh milk being delivered in glass bottles door to door. 

 

bottles of Eby Manor milk and piece of chocolate cake
No less nostalgic is the idyllic farm where the milk is produced. The pampered herd of 60 registered milking Guernsey cows of the Eby Manor live in a clean and comfortable home, grazing fields that have been farmed for three generations.

 

The special qualities of the Guernsey cow breed makes their milk naturally higher in Beta-Carotene, Omega 3, calcium and A2. It’s pure and wholesome naturally.

 

Also try their 2% white milk and Balkan style yogurt available for sale at Meats & Cheese in St. Jacobs!  For more information about Eby Manor Golden Guernsey products, visit their website

 

J. Rennie

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Marry Me in St. Jacobs! Historic Schoolhouse Near Kitchener-Waterloo Offers Perfect Wedding Venue

One of the first orders of business in planning a special event is finding a standout venue, especially if it is something as important as your wedding.


Yes, you’ll want modern amenities and a fully accessible, conveniently located space, a trusted caterer, professional photographer and top-notch florist, but you’ll also want a distinct building and a lovely space that is flexible enough to adapt to your vision for the day.
 



With its abundant natural light, serene colour scheme, and soaring gothic windows, the historic St. Jacobs Schoolhouse building in St. Jacobs offers you a classic intimate space in which to create your special event, whether it is to act as the wedding reception hall, or serve as the ceremony space too. 


Is your style vintage glamour? Classic and sophisticated? Blush and breezy? Glitter and glow?
 

Like a canvas awaiting your creative touch, you’ll find the possibilities for setting the mood are almost endless in this charming space.


Step inside and feel the possibilities!


The details:
 

• The historic 1867 St. Jacobs Schoolhouse building is an extensively renovated space with original hardwood floors, high ceilings and gothic windows.

• Accommodates 120 at table seating or 150 for cocktail receptions.

• Exclusive caterer: St. Jacobs Catering, offering everything from cocktail receptions and food stations to buffet or plated dinners.
• Located in the Village of St. Jacobs, approximately 15 minutes from uptown Waterloo.
• Fully accessible.
• Ample free parking.

 

The schoolhouse hosts weddings, receptions, celebrations, parties, and corporate events.


For more information contact Tiffani: catering@stjacobs.com  or telephone 519-664-2288 ext 277

 

Photography credits: All images by Devon C Photography, www.devoncphotography.com


 

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St. Jacobs - Discover Its Colourful Connections to the Past!

Discover the Village of St. Jacobs' connection to the past in this series of articles written by Rych Mills, writer for The Record. Read them and get well-researched insights into some of the people, places and things which had significance in the village, and which tie in to Canada's  confederation and its 150th celebrations this year.

 

In his first article,  find out how the past is all around you in St. Jacobs.

 

In this second article, get a glimpse into the village's schoolhouse and the teachers who taught there.  The Schoolhouse is still in existence today, albeit much modernized to house a serene space for private functions, and as a venue for theatre productions.

 

gothic window at St. Jacobs Schoolhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next time you visit St. Jacobs, consider taking a leisurely walk around town to see significant buildings, sites, and evidence of its early pioneering beginnings  in its picturesque downtown and along quiet side streets.  Download our free historic walking map.   Shops, restaurants and most exhibits will be OPEN - even on holiday weekends this summer.  Why not plan a visit soon!

 

Pictured above: original gothic window in the  St. Jacobs Schoolhouse , Albert Street,
St. Jacobs.

 

 

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Conestoga River Pottery’s Phil Yordy: An Original St. Jacobs Artisan

It was 1979 when Milo Shantz, the visionary behind the redevelopment of downtown St. Jacobs, approached Conestoga River Pottery’s Phil Yordy. Recognizing Phil as a talented potter, Milo offered him an opportunity to develop a pottery studio in St. Jacobs. Fortunately for the village, the rest is history and Conestoga River Pottery has been creating high-end, handmade pottery in the village for 38 years.


 
As one of the original artisans in the Village Silos, Phil continues to make over 100 unique functional pottery items ranging from tableware to teapots. Conestoga River Pottery offers a wide variety of work in style, shape, and colour, with many different glaze finishes. Phil’s pottery is sold in complementary sets and as individual pieces. 


With the kiln, potters wheel and bisque room all onsite, you can see new unique pottery items in production all year-round. We welcome you to visit Conestoga River Pottery located in the historic silos in downtown St. Jacobs.

 

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The Silo Weavers’ Elsa Brigden Elliott: An Original Artisan

The Village of St. Jacobs has embraced the art of weaving for 37 years and Elsa Brigden Elliott is the reason why. Elsa was one of the original three weavers that started their business in The Village Silos in 1980; she continues to contribute to the variety of downtown shops as one of the original artisans remaining from that era.
 


Today she specializes in high-end textiles such as table runners, scarves and throws, unique items that are functional and yet colourfully intricate. St. Jacobs shoppers are impressed with her design expertise and the quality material with which she weaves. 

 

Elsa remains passionate about her work in part because of the expressed appreciation and conversations with shoppers supporting her craft.  She has a friendly, authentic personality, and claims she is always learning something new.
 


The Silo Weavers is an example of St. Jacobs’ commitment to the textile field and just one example of the community's support of unique local artisans and independent businesses. 

 

Elsa also plays an important role with the "Quilt & Fibre Art Festival, Waterloo Region & Beyond" held annually each May, by inviting important visiting textile artists to showcase and demo their work at her studio.
 


Sadly for St. Jacobs, Elsa will be retiring and closing her store at the end of May 2017 after a long and successful run as artist, shopkeeper, and business woman. Make sure you experience her artistry and pick up original handcrafted pieces before it's too late.

You can find The Silo Weavers in the silos of the historic flourmill adjacent to the Conestogo River.

 

 

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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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Massive Model Railway in St. Jacobs is one of North America's Finest

The Village of St. Jacobs may not be where you'd expect to find North America's finest O-scale model railway, but that is exactly where it is!

 

Covering around 3,000 sq. ft. of handbuilt landscape intertwined with city and rural scenes, several Canadian Pacific and Canadian National trains travel the rails with both diesel and locomotive engines, as was the case in the late 1950s.
 

Operations of the trains and their intricate travels are operated manually by skilled volunteers from the control booth overlooking the scene, and there is even a magical dusk to dawn scene in which tiny lights illuminate the buildings and coach cars as night falls.

 

Due to the intensive amount of volunteer time to run this massive model railway, show dates are typically limited to Saturday and Sundays from May - December,  plus Thursday afternoons throughout July, August, and other special show dates announced outside of that period, such as Family Day and March Break, and April 1, 2, 29, 30, 2017! 

 

OPEN Saturday & Sunday, May - December;

OPEN Thursdays 12 noon - 5 pm throughout July, August
 

For more details and ticket information click here and visit St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway's website.

 

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Valentine's Day is Sweeter in St. Jacobs

When Valentines Day visits St. Jacobs, Olde Tyme Kettle Kitchen rolls out sweet holiday treats. 

 

You may have heard of Olde Tyme Kettle Kitchen for their fudge or soft peanut brittle. Or perhaps you have tracked down the smell of their fresh sponge toffee as you walked into the St. Jacobs Outlet Mall to enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone. Regardless, if you have tasted their treats you will not forget where they came from!
 

 

The Olde Tyme Kettle Kitchen has been operating as a family business for 23 years and makes their special recipes from scratch on site at their store in the St. Jacobs Outlet Mall. You may even see candy being dipped in creamy chocolate as it travels along on their chocolate conveyor belt while you order delicious artisan sandwiches, soups and salads at their food counter in the food court.
 

artisan sandwiches, hand made fudge, muffins, lunch counter


Looking for chocolate covered strawberries and other goodies for valentines day or other special occasions? Then this is your store! Each holiday comes with its own specialties so stop by the Olde Tyme Kettle Kitchen for chocolate boxes of hearts, strawberries dipped in chocolate and other packaged goodies as great gift items for your special someone.
 

chocolate covered cookie wafers, lunch and supper menu


Olde Tyme Kettle Kitchen is open daily at St. Jacobs Outlets, 2nd floor. And did we mention there is always a free sample of their creamy fudge?!
 

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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!
 

antiques, market road antiques, st. jacobs
 

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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