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13 Aug, 2007

A bit about what we did on Sunday, and guess what Emma bought with her first allowance

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa|Photography|Recipes and Food

In the morning we went to the Farmer’s Market at Lansdowne Park. I don’t know why it took us so darn long to get there. It’s been open since May and this is the first time we’d been.

SuperEx is being set up, so the market is actually set up in a sweet little park (hitherto unknown by us!) adjacent to the fairgrounds, between Holmwood and Fifth.

My. Lord.

I love this market.

The focus here is LOCAL and ORGANIC, which are two things that are becoming more and more important to me. (I am becoming more and more frustrated with our local Superstore. During strawberry season I couldn’t get local strawberries. And we haven’t been able to find any Canadian apples. Crazy no?)

At the Landsdown Market there were lots of tomatoes, corn, cauliflower and cabbage, garlic and onion… There was also a smattering of art, furniture, and other organic/natural products. I could have spent a lot of money there.

We bought fresh organic sweet peas and some Elk sausages. (Yes, ELK. http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=98) We also bought a baguette from my all-time favourite bakery, Art-is-in Breads (http://www.art-is-in-bakery.com/). I would have missed their booth due to lack of signage, but the swarm of people nabbing loaves left and right gave them away.

I could have eaten the whole baguette. This bread is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Seriously, I did not see one single person leaving the market with an uncompromised baguette. Every single one had a hunk ripped right off the top.

There was even a food court, with bacon and back bacon sandwiches. We had four springrolls from a Thai place.

It was great.

Emma finally spent part of her first allowance, and guess what she bought?


Yes, honey!

The fellow at the Ottawa Valley Honey Co. (located down d’ line in Arnprior) was very nice, offering samples and telling us all about honey production. He had live bees too. Sarah took me aside and asked me where the queen bee was. Honestly, I didn’t think there’d be a queen in the midst, but I told her to ask the fellow we’d been talking too. Sure enough, there was a queen. It was so cool. I was glad Sarah had asked the question.

All in all, our little outing was a huge success. I want to go back at the earliest opportunity. This time we’re going to bring a picnic blanket and bathing suits for the kids. Did I mention there was a kiddie pool at this park? Ahh, summer.

5 Responses to "A bit about what we did on Sunday, and guess what Emma bought with her first allowance"

1 | Michelle

August 13th, 2007 at 3:18 pm


I have a really dumb question for you – but since you were talking about food and the poor choices at Loblaws I thought it was the perfect time! I haven’t been in Ottawa long and need a decent grocery store for those “special occasions”. (specifically I need creme fraiche) Any suggestions? Thanks!

2 | andrea

August 13th, 2007 at 6:05 pm


I’d try the Ottawa Bagel Shop on Wellington. They aren’t a traditional grocery store, but do carry a good variety of upscale items – mustards, vinegars, cheeses etc. I’ve heard the creme fraiche is good.

Oh, and they make the best Montreal-style bagels in town. :)

3 | BeachMama

August 13th, 2007 at 7:11 pm


I have never been to that farmer’s market. We have a local market type thing close by to us on Woodroffe Ave called ‘Veggie Trails’ and they sell only local produce as well as some they grow themselves. My parents frequent there all the time, myself not so much just because it is another stop I have to make.

Yay, Sarah bought something fun with her first allowance. I have to (albeit shyly) admit that I always thought honey bees were bumble bees. Hubby informed me after I saw your photo.

4 | porter

August 13th, 2007 at 8:35 pm


Now I’m waiting to see what Emma does with her honey…does Emma have any special recipes?

I miss going to the farmers market. Our local market used to be local farmers selling their goods, fresher and cheaper than you could find in the stores. Now, its just a bunch of vendors selling food that comes from California, Mexico, you name it…and for a higher price than our stores. So disappointing.

I wanted to mention that a while ago I commented on one of your posts discussing organic food and shopping/eating organic and I complained that my local grocery store hardly carried produce grown in Ontario when I am located so close to where such produce is grown. Well, this summer the selection of Ontario produce has been so much better. I am eating broccoli, green beans, and carrots grown in Ontario.

Must. Stop. Babbling! Sorry.

5 | Sharon

August 15th, 2007 at 9:57 am


Yeah it ticks me off the all the gorciers stores int he area don’t use local produce that is NOT Trucked in from afar. We grow a garden in the summer so local and Organic is what we get every year. Just walk out and pick. Although we had trouble bad trouble with potato bugs this year.

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