Visiting the market at St. Jacobs, ON was a major goal for this trip, and we are so very happy that we came. This is an amazing market!
Aisle after aisle of outdoor booths and fast food, with two large buildings repeating the theme. Honestly, a person almost doesn’t have to go anywhere else to shop – and not just for produce. Here you can buy everything from fruits and vegetables to breads and pastries to sausages to cheeses to table linens to shoes to dog bones to painted glass to rock art to dresses to shoes to jewelry to kitchen wares to CDs to quilts to maple syrup to home preserves to fudge:
After the market, we went into St. Jacobs village and wandered through dress shops and artisans’ shops and a couple of quilt shops. Just when we thought the only horse-drawn buggy (after all this IS Mennonite/Amish country) we would see would be the one on this mural:
They started traveling around (probably after the end of their day at the market):
A full day, and more to see and do in this part of Ontario. We took Sadie to a kennel in the morning, and headed for Stratford, home of the world-famous Stratford Festival. Some 60 years ago, a man decided his home town needed a boost, and performances of Shakespeare plays would fit the bill. Now the town has 4 theatres, and performances of Shakespeare, traditional and modern musicals are produced every year.
We chose to see a production of ‘42nd Street’, a remake of a 1950’s film that depicts the struggles of a stage production during the Depression years. We enjoyed it thoroughly, as did the rest of the audience if the standing ovation was any indication.
The Festival Theatre is an outstanding building, situated in a park-like setting.
Across the street, a park set around a lake, perfect for an after-theatre stroll to stretch the legs.
While we were in Stratford, we visited a ‘You Have Got to Eat Here’ diner – Boomers Gourmet Fries. And really, folks, you have got to eat here. Just a wee diner, with fries of almost every description on their menu (written on a blackboard) and some of the most innovative hamburger, hot dog, and poutine combinations that we’ve ever seen.
Grizz had goat cheese and gravy poutine. I had a dog-scetta – hot dog with bruschetta veggies and goat cheese. Yummy!
And there’s more to see yet in south-western Ontario. We’ll head out next day to explore the country-side. More to come! Blessings, Peg