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Easter Hours etc.

April 17

Easter Hours

OPEN Good Friday, 9-5
OPEN Easter Saturday, 9-6
CLOSED Easter Sunday, to celebrate with our families
OPEN Easter Monday, 9-7

Easter Weekend

We have a few fresh, local turkeys and hams that have not be spoken for yet – call 226-383-7374 or come in to get yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!  We also have a gorgeous selection of local lamb – leg bone in or out, racks, shoulder roasts, chops.  A delicious way to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring (finally!).

Don`t forget that Chefs Derek and Jay can also help with the fixings – mashed potatoes, veggies, etc .  And don’t forget our delicious homemade pies!

Also…Fraberts Easter Gift Baskets!  Filled with gourmet foods – pre-made or made to order – priced from $25 and up.  Treat that special someone….order ahead to ensure product availability.

Where is the Easter Bunny?

Have you seen her?  She keeps moving all over the store!  Kids under 12 who find her win an Easter prize – stop by today to look!

Hippity Hop through Downtown Fergus

On Easter Saturday, April 19, bring the kids and their Easter baskets for a fun day throughout downtown Fergus.  From 11am till 2pm, participating businesses (like Fraberts) throughout downtown Fergus will be offering treats, crafts, gift draws, stories, and colouring.  Just look for the Easter coloured balloons in front of participating businesses and hop on in!  The Easter Bunny herself will be hopping around so be on the lookout for her – she will be available for photos from 11-12:30pm at the Fergus General Store.  For more information visit www.downtownfergus.com.

Spaghetti Supper

On Saturday, April 26, Fraberts is proudly preparing and serving a spaghetti dinner at the Highland Rugby Club from 4:00-8:00pm.  There will be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.   All proceeds go to the 2014 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.  Believe it!  We will conquer cancer in this lifetime.  Tickets ($12/adult, $8/child) available at Fraberts.

Grand Taste of the Culinary Arts

On Sunday, April 27, Fraberts is proud to participate in the 9th annual Grand Taste of the Culinary Arts, presented by the Centre Wellington Rotary Club from noon-3pm at the Grand River Raceway.  Sample terrific food from many local restaurants and caterers.  Tickets are available at Fraberts for $35 ($40 at the door), proceeds go to the Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation.

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Kick off the cabin fever!

April 4

Kick off that cabin fever – April is a busy, busy month at Fraberts and throughout downtown Fergus!

Easter is almost here!

Order your Easter ham, lamb, turkey, roast – whatever you need!  Please order by Friday, April 11 to avoid disappointment.  All of our meat is local, fresh, humanely raised on family farms – we receive rave reviews every holiday. 

Back by popular demand – “Schinkel’s Legacy” spiral hams, complete with glaze (and instructions) – perfect for Easter dinner.  Call 226-383-7374 or drop by the store to order.

 Don`t forget that Chefs Derek and Jay can also help with the fixings – mashed potatoes, veggies, etc .  And don’t forget our delicious homemade pies!

Also…Fraberts Easter Gift Baskets!  Filled with gourmet foods – pre-made or made to order – priced from $25 and up.  Treat that special someone….order ahead to ensure product availability.

Where is the Easter Bunny?

Have you seen her?  She is hiding somewhere in Fraberts!  Kids under 12 who find her win an Easter prize – stop by today to look!

Hippity Hop through Downtown Fergus

On Easter Saturday, April 19, bring the kids and their Easter baskets for a fun day throughout downtown Fergus.  From 11am till 2pm, participating businesses (like Fraberts) throughout downtown Fergus will be offering treats, crafts, gift draws, stories, and colouring.  Just look for the Easter coloured balloons in front of participating businesses and hop on in!  The Easter Bunny herself will be hopping around so be on the lookout for her – she will be available for photos from 11-12:30pm at the Fergus General Store.  For more information visit www.downtownfergus.com.

Whiskey and Wine…and great food!

On Saturday, April 12 from 7 till late, the Highland Rugby Club and Fraberts Fresh Food are proud to present an evening to experience whiskeys from around the world at the Highland Rugby Club’s Victoria Park Fieldhouse.

NEW this year!  We are very proud to present award-winning winemaker Sue-Ann Staff, of Staff Estate Winery, who will be leading a wine tasting.  Sue-Ann has won many awards, including Wine Maker of the Year (first female and youngest ever to win this award) and most recently “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year”.

Local connoisseur, Norm Litchfield, will lead us through a sampling of whiskeys from around the world, from Canada to Scotland to New Zealand.

This is a great way to kick off the Tartan Day weekend in downtown Fergus.  Tickets are $40 which includes a delicious striploin beef dinner prepared by Fraberts, entertainment and a chance to win a door prize. 

Tickets are available at Fraberts – join us for a fun night of great food, fine whiskeys, terrific wines, and entertainment to celebrate Tartan Day!  Proceeds go to the completion of the Victoria Park Fieldhouse, changing rooms, and showers for local sports groups.

Tartan Day

Come celebrate Tartan Day in downtown Fergus on Sunday, April 13, from 11:30am till 5pm.  It all begins at Fraberts with the Kilted Kilometre at 11:30, presented by the Highland Rugby Club – all you need are running shoes and a kilt – we will provide the refreshments.  It’s only a kilometre – come on out!

Next up, the famous Kilted Krawl through our local pubs – wandering pipe bands, highland dancing, and live celtic music.   New this year we have heavy event demos and McKiddie Highland Games at the Fergus General Store, tea leaf readings at The Bookery, Tartan Tales and Bentley’s Scottish Cream Teas at the Fergus Grand Theatre, children’s story time at Roxanne’s Reflections,  and Scottish sweets and treats at Fergie’s, Scottish Corner Shop, and WR Designs .  Explore the Scottish heritage of Fergus by joining a historical walking tour at 2pm starting at the Fergus Library.  Visit www.downtownfergus.com for more information.

Spaghetti Supper

On Saturday, April 26, Fraberts is proudly preparing and serving a spaghetti dinner at the Highland Rugby Club from 4:00-8:00pm.  There will be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.   All proceeds go to the 2014 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.  Believe it!  We will conquer cancer in this lifetime.  Tickets ($12/adult, $8/child) available at Fraberts.

Grand Taste of the Culinary Arts

On Sunday, April 27, Fraberts is proud to participate in the 9th annual Grand Taste of the Culinary Arts, presented by the Centre Wellington Rotary Club from noon-3pm at the Grand River Raceway.  Sample terrific food from many local restaurants and caterers.  Tickets are available at Fraberts for $35 ($40 at the door), proceeds go to the Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation.

Easter Bunny Breakfast

This Saturday, April 5 is the annual Easter Bunny Breakfast at James McQueen Public School from 9:00-11:00am.  Come on out to visit the Easter Bunny and enjoy pancakes, silent auction, and penny tables to support the James McQueen School Council.  Cost is $3 per person or $10 per family at the door.

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Fraberts Great Olympic Grocery Giveaway

January 31

Fraberts Great Olympic Grocery Giveaway 

The Winter Olympics are just around the corner!  Time for the Fraberts Great Olympic Grocery Giveaway…

Fraberts is giving away free groceries for every medal Canada wins at Sochi – $20 for gold, $10 for silver, $5 for bronze.

How does this work?  Starting today, fill out a ballot every time you shop Fraberts for a chance to win – the more you shop, the greater your odds of winning!  We will draw a winner every day following a medal win.

So cheer on our Canadian athletes – the better they do, the more chances you have of winning!

Superbowl

The Superbowl is this Sunday!   Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos?  How about the ads?  Red Hot Chili Peppers?
Whatever…..let’s focus on what’s important!  What will you be eating?

Fraberts has everything you need for Superbowl eating!  Chili, chicken wings, nacho dip, chips…..  Get a terrific Fraberts pizza for the gang!

And NEW to Fraberts…pre-made pizzas to go!  Just pop them in your own oven for 15 minutes – choose from cheese, meat lover, or vegetarian.

Freezer Sale

Cold enough for ya?  I know…not funny.  Speaking of freezing…to thank you for braving this weather to see us….we are having a freezer sale.  Because at least you won’t have to worry about it thawing on the way home!  Lots of great deals, which will change daily depending on availability and mood.

 

Valentines Day

Fraberts has everything you need to make your Valentines Day dinner romantic and delicious!  We’ll have lots of great local steaks on hand, and as always, everything to go with those steaks.  Sparkling cider, freshly baked pies and Mapleton’s ice cream for dessert….  Add candles, wine, flowers and romance and you are all set!  (Or you can order a “When in Rome” gourmet pizza to go…)  Happy Valentines Day!

Family Day Weekend

February 14-17

Celebrate the long weekend with great food!  Fraberts will have lots of our famous nacho dip, flatbreads, hummus and other snacks ready for family entertaining.  Having a special dinner – we can help with that too!

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Twelve Days of Christmas Sale!

December 13

Twelve Days of Christmas!

To celebrate the 12 days of Christmas (sorry to scare you – yes – it’s almost here!) Fraberts is putting on a “12 Days of Christmas” sale!  Every day we will offer a different great deal to celebrate Christmas and thank you for your business.  We will send you an email every day from now until Christmas, notifying you of that day’s special offer.  (Don’t worry, we will go back to monthly newsletters after Christmas and promise to stop spamming you – please don’t unsubscribe!).

So…on the first day of Christmas, Fraberts offered you…2 for 1 frozen beer can chickens!

To get you in the spirit…my favourite version of the 12 days… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDBMzGq1vhs

Order your fresh, local turkey today!

To get the size you want, please order your turkey today – call us at 226-383-7374 (email is not as dependable).  Thanks!

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Fraberts for Breakfast

October 26

Fraberts for Breakfast!

You’ve been asking….yes, now Fraberts can help you with breakfast!  Starting Monday, we will be open bright and early at 7am from Monday to Friday for your breakfast on the run needs.  Fresh, fair trade coffee locally roasted by Planet Bean of Guelph, and some delicious breakfast sandwiches including our very own breakfast sausage or peameal bacon panini, ham and swiss on a croissant, muffins, fruit, granola bars…etc.  Almost makes mornings bearable!

Thirteen more sleeps….

The Tower Street bridge is on schedule to re-open Friday, November 8.  It has been a tough year for all of us in downtown Fergus.  We have really appreciated your support throughout this challenging time.  There will be a large party to celebrate the re-opening – stay tuned!

Cooking Classes

There WILL be one in November – I promise!  I will get Chefs Derek and Jay to get one organized and will let you know ASAP!

Staff News!

Chef Jay and his wife, Joanne, are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Damien, born on Friday, October 18.  Big brother Duncan is also excited!  Everyone is settling in to a new routine of little sleep…

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Celebrate the Harvest!

September 17

Celebrate the Harvest at Fraberts

Fall is a great time to eat local – lots of delicious local bounty such as apples, everbearing strawberries and raspberries, sweet corn, squash, tomatoes and much, much more to choose from.

And our famous butternut squash soup is back on the menu!

Celebrate the harvest with us on Saturday, September 28 at our annual Harvest Festival.  From 11am – 4pm we will have live music, free samples, and some of our wonderful suppliers on hand to discuss their products.  We are just one stop of many in this year’s Rural Romp – visit www.guelphwellingtonlocalfood.ca/wellington-rural-romp for more information on the Romp.

Thanksgiving is Around the Corner…

Thanksgiving is the weekend of October 11-14.  Order your turkey or other holiday food by Friday, October 4 to avoid disappointment.  Every year we receive rave reviews about our fresh, local turkey.  Looking for an alternative to turkey?  Ask us about beef or pork roasts, fresh chicken, ham, tofu loaves – whatever you need, we can help.  Need help with the meal?  Chefs Derek and Jay can help with all details – just call us at 226-383-7374 to order today.

Don’t forget the pie!  Pumpkin, apple, red/black currant, blueberry, raspberry…order ahead to get your favourite!

Join Our VIP Text Club!

A chance to win $25 in free groceries….and then receive bi-weekly deals (e.g. 20% off pizza) – texted right to your phone!  It’s easy – simply text F3 to 54500 to “join the club”.

Back to School

There’s nothing like packing school lunches…..sigh.  Let us help you feel good about school lunches!  Much of our deli meat (e.g. our famous roast beef and delicious roast turkey breast) is roasted right in the store – with no additives or nitrates.  It’s delicious and guilt free.  We also have fresh bread and UDI’s gluten-free bread for those sandwiches, as well as all the fixings.  Throw in local fruit that actually tastes good, some veggies with hummus or dip, local yogurt, and maybe a sweet treat and you are good to go.  We guarantee empty lunch boxes/bags at the end of the day!

Fraberts Wants YOU!

Do you love good food and want to work in a fun place that always smells great?  We’re looking for a hard-working and enthusiastic person to join the Fraberts team.  Must be self-starting, outgoing, customer service-focussed, and reliable.  Need to be available weekends, Sundays, and evenings.  Must be able to lift heavy boxes (think 60lb bags of sweet corn from Van Tols!) and climb ladders.  Must also have a valid drivers’ license (to forage for that great local food).  Need to be able to multi-task and a good sense of humour is definitely an asset!  If you enjoy the unique challenges of working in a small family-owned business, please visit our website at www.frabertsfreshfood.com, print off our questionnaire, staple it to your resume and bring it to the store by September 30, 2013.

Cooking Classes

…will start again following Thanksgiving – as always, our newsletter subscribers (you!) are the first to find out!

Congratulations!

…to our gals Rebecca Atkinson and Janine Mahoney who have both headed off to the University of Guelph this fall!  We miss them (and I know you do too).  I couldn’t be more proud to have these terrific young women join my own alma mater.  Have fun ladies!  (Oh, and study too.)

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Canada Day Hours

June 29

Holiday Weekend Hours

We’re open all weekend to help you with your holiday weekend entertaining needs!   Open Friday 9-7, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5, Canada Day Monday 10-6.

Happy Canada Day!

Celebrate with great local food – we’ve got everything you need to make your long weekend delicious AND relaxing.

Get out of your kitchen and enjoy the long weekend.  We’ve got eight different deli salads to choose from – classics like coleslaw and potato salad or new twists such as quinoa and Mexican orzo.

Hit the meat counter for the best local steaks and store-made sausages in town!

Local Produce

Every day brings new, local produce.  Ontario strawberries are peaking right now – soooo yummy!  We’ve also got new potatoes, Collins local spinach, peas, lettuce, herbs, zucchini, beets, radish and so much more.

BBQ Meat Box

The Fraberts BBQ Box – 4 striploin steaks, 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4 pork chops, and 4 sausages for $49.99.  Great value for your BBQ!

New Products at Fraberts!

Those of you who came to our 5th birthday party may have sampled some of the terrific new products from AlbaLisa Gourmet Food.

AlbaLisa Gourmet Food Corp. is a Canadian food company dedicated to producing all natural gourmet Mexican products (including organic and preservative free products).  Fraberts is carrying AlbaLisa organic corn and wheat flour tortillas, artisan organic tortilla crisps that are made from fresh wholegrain corn tortillas, and a line of fresh salsas packaged in an innovative style.  AlbaLisa Gourmet Food Corp. operates in Toronto and has been a member of the Toronto Food Business Incubator program since 2008 (the same year Fraberts opened its doors).

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May News

May 14

Fraberts Turns Five!

Save the Date
Fraberts’ 5th Birthday Party
Saturday, May 25
11-2
Samples and demos from some of our favourite suppliers as well as our own tasty products!

To celebrate this significant milestone in the retail business, we are holding a draw…

Why do you shop at Fraberts?

Tell us why you and your family shop at Fraberts Fresh Food – we will compile the entries and come up with “The Top 5 Reasons to Shop at Fraberts”, to celebrate 5 years of fantastic food in downtown Fergus.  Every entry will get you a ballot to win $50 in Fraberts bucks for free groceries!  Yes that’s right, you can enter more than once (we know there are tonnes of great reasons, but we must limit you to 5…).

Why do you shop at Fraberts?  Post it on our Facebook page, email it to me at jfraser@frabertsfreshfood.com, or write it down and bring it to the store.

And spring has finally arrived…

…which means asparagus, spinach, fiddleheads and BBQ season.  Haven’t tried our own store made sausage yet?  They are delicious on your barbecue – as are our well -aged steaks from Harriston Packers, fresh chicken from Abate Packers in Arthur, yummy hot dogs from Schinkel’s Legacy….

Elora Farmers Market

The Elora Farmers Market has begun its summer season at Bissell Park in Elora every Saturday from 9am till 1pm.  Come see us there!

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April News

April 5

Enjoy whiskeys from around the world!

On Friday, April 12 from 7 till late, the Highland Rugby Club and Fraberts Fresh Food are proud to present an evening to experience whiskeys from around the world at the Highland Rugby Club’s Victoria Park Fieldhouse.

This is a great way to kick off the Tartan Day weekend in downtown Fergus.  We will have whiskeys from New Zealand, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Canada.

Tickets are $35 which includes a delicious striploin beef dinner prepared by Fraberts, entertainment and a chance to win a door prize.  Tickets are available at Fraberts Fresh Food or by contacting events@highlandrugby.com.

Join us for a fun night of great food, fine whiskeys, and entertainment to celebrate Tartan Day!

Tartan Day

Come celebrate Tartan Day in downtown Fergus on Sunday, April 14, from noon till 5pm.  Wandering pipe bands, live celtic music – all part of the famous “kilted krawl” through our local pubs.  Scottish historical walking tour (starts at 2pm at library) and savour Scottish treats and local fare.  Visit www.fergusscottishfestival.com for more information.

Fraberts Does Deli Sandwiches!

Have you tried our delicious deli sandwiches and paninis?  You already know about our fresh deli meats – roast beef and turkey that is roasted right here in our store and delicious local ham from Harriston Packers.  Why not enjoy them on a sandwich to go?

We also have yummy vegetarian options such as brie and pear or roasted red pepper and goat cheese.

All of our sandwiches come with your choice of our famous deli salads and a crunchy pickle on the side.

Try one out next time you’re stuck for lunch ideas!

Thank You!

…to all who brave the traffic created by the Tower Street bridge closure to continue to support us and the rest of our downtown Fergus business community during this challenging time.  We very very much appreciate it.

Sad News for Fergus

Our thoughts are with the 350 employees of GSW and their families.  This plant closure is devastating news for our community. www.aosmith.com/News/Detail.aspx?id=975

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Easter news!

March 14

Easter

Order your Easter ham, lamb, turkey, roast – whatever you need!  Please order by Friday, March 22 to avoid disappointment.  All of our meat is local, fresh, humanely raised on family farms – we receive rave reviews every holiday.

New this year – “Schinkel’s Legacy” spiral hams, complete with glaze (and instructions) – perfect for Easter dinner.  Call 226-383-7374 or drop by the store to order.  Don`t forget that Chefs Derek and Jay can also help with the fixings – mashed potatoes, veggies, etc -  there will be lots of our famous Drunken Cranberry Sauce in store to accompany the meal.  And don’t forget our delicious homemade pies!

NEW this Easter – Fraberts Easter Gift Baskets!  Filled with gourmet foods – pre-made or made to order – priced from $20 and up.  Treat that special someone….order ahead to ensure product availability.

Local Floralane Tomatoes are Back!

Need I say more?

St Patrick’s Day

Celebrate with Fraberts Irish Stew, Irish Stew Pies, Corn Beef and Cabbage, Potato Cheddar & Ale Soup – all back by popular demand!

Where’s the Jalepeno and Cheese Filone?

We are very sorry to report that our bread supplier is still unable to provide us with this much loved bread…  We’re also having difficulties with some other favourites.  Stay tuned – as soon as we can get our hands on it, it will be back on the shelf!

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