Orillia Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday (weather permitting) from May to early October we’ll be at the Orillia Farmers’ Market!  Come by and say hello, sample our products and receive special show prices! “The Farmers’ Market continues to proudly boast of its range of locally produced foods, handmade crafts from around the county and regularly scheduled special events for the family. Our growers look forward to Saturdays on the Market, where they offer fresh-picked produce in season, and naturally raised meats, with a variety of baked goods and ready-to-eat treats in a sociable atmosphere. Bring your family, meet your friends, get to know the vendors, enjoy the local musicians in the Market Cafe. Treat yourself to one of the tasty lunch menu items.”  From the Orillia Farmers’ Market Website at http://www.orilliafarmersmarket.on.ca/  

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Orillia Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday (weather permitting) from May to early October we’ll be at the Orillia Farmers’ Market!  Come by and say hello, sample our products and receive special show prices! “The Farmers’ Market continues to proudly boast of its range of locally produced foods, handmade crafts from around the county and regularly scheduled special events for the family. Our growers look forward to Saturdays on the Market, where they offer fresh-picked produce in season, and naturally raised meats, with a variety of baked goods and ready-to-eat treats in a sociable atmosphere. Bring your family, meet your friends, get to know the vendors, enjoy the local musicians in the Market Cafe. Treat yourself to one of the tasty lunch menu items.”  From the Orillia Farmers’ Market Website at http://www.orilliafarmersmarket.on.ca/  

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Bala Cranberry Festival – Bala, ON

We Love Bala! We first discovered the Bala Cranberry Festival back in 2009 and come back every year!  The festivities of this festival are many and so much fun! We’ll be inside the community centre where it’s nice and toasty warm.  Be sure to dress in layers because the weather can be unpredictable!  Make sure you come by our booth for special show pricing and enter our contest for your chance to win some Bee By The Sea products! Taking the shuttle bus to the marsh to get cranberries is always one of the highlights of the weekend!  Show Hours: Friday 9am to 5pm Saturday 9am to 5pm Sunday 9amnd to 4pm If you miss us, you can check out our map to find a retailer near you!

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Orillia Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday (weather permitting) from May to early October we’ll be at the Orillia Farmers’ Market!  Come by and say hello, sample our products and receive special show prices! “The Farmers’ Market continues to proudly boast of its range of locally produced foods, handmade crafts from around the county and regularly scheduled special events for the family. Our growers look forward to Saturdays on the Market, where they offer fresh-picked produce in season, and naturally raised meats, with a variety of baked goods and ready-to-eat treats in a sociable atmosphere. Bring your family, meet your friends, get to know the vendors, enjoy the local musicians in the Market Cafe. Treat yourself to one of the tasty lunch menu items.”  From the Orillia Farmers’ Market Website at http://www.orilliafarmersmarket.on.ca/  

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Giving Thanks

With life being so busy and hectic at times, it’s a pleasure to be invited to someone’s home as a guest for dinner, a party or a weekend visit. Although it is not necessary to bring a host or hostess gift, it’s nice to show our appreciation for the generosity and hospitality of others. There can be a lot of fuss associated with buying host/hostess gifts. What do you get for someone you may not know very well? How much do you spend without overwhelming your host or breaking the bank? Do you have to bring a gift every time you visit the same household? A kind gesture can become a big headache and sometimes it seems easier to just stay home in your pajamas and watch Netflix. But, with a myriad of “etiquette” articles and advice about social niceties, it is rather easy to simplify host/hostess giving and stick to a formula. My mother’s mantra is to “never show up on a doorstep with your arms hanging” so I have been programmed to always be prepared. At the end of the day, it’s really about being sincere and not the cost of what you are cradling when they open the door. So, if you are lucky enough to get an invite for drinks or a hot homemade meal, keep it simple on how you show your appreciation. If you don’t know your hosts very well, a bottle of wine is always a safe bet. Flowers require arranging, which your host may not have the time to do, so a potted arrangement is a no hassle alternative. Stay away from expensive presents! Expensive gifts can make everyone feel uncomfortable for many reasons. Hosts feel overwhelmed; others guests feel annoyed or embarrassed and you feel like you were overzealous and took the appreciation thing too far. It’s supposed to be a small token, so keep it small. Put the effort into thinking about what would be a nice gesture as opposed to a grand gesture.  Some of the best gifts I have been thanked for were homemade jams and preserves. Using ribbon, twine and a neatly written label can elevate a homemade food item into a presentable gift item. Just ask Martha Stewart. If DIY is not your game, lean on the experts to do the work. Gift sets come in all shapes and sizes and range of products. Common sense is essential when choosing one due to the sheer volume of gift basket options. Number one is to pick products that you have tried and enjoyed. Another option is to choose products based on the company; perhaps you want to support your local community or a business that supports a charity or cause.  Again, like most things in life, it comes back to sincere, thoughtful intentions. It is also okay to purchase for one person if your hosts are a couple. My husband and I have never battled over who gets the scented candle or tube of hand cream. It…

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