Fraberts Fresh Food

Local produce, ready made meals & catering

May News

May 14

Fraberts Turns Five!

Save the Date
Fraberts’ 5th Birthday Party
Saturday, May 25
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, 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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Asparagus is Here!

April 25

Ontario Asparagus is Here!

Never mind the weather…the taste of spring has arrived!  I proudly scored the first Ontario asparagus of the year this morning at the market.  Grill it, steam it, put it in a salad…..this is what we wait all winter for!

Organic Milk in Glass Bottles

You’ve been asking – we’ve been listening!  We finally have Organic Meadow milk in glass bottles.  We are very proud to now carry local milk from Steen’s Dairy – everything from skim to whole and chocolate too.  We also now carry Organic Meadow kefir.

BBQ Season?

Should be starting soon!  We have the best local meat in town in our brand new meat counter – tasty chicken from Abate Packers, tender, aged steaks from Harriston Packers, and delicious sausages and pork products from Stonaleen Farms and Harriston Packers.  Chef Derek always has something interesting in the meat counter – check it out!

Lots of New Products

…too many to mention and many more in the works – keep coming back to see what’s new at Fraberts!

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13 – maybe Chef Derek can help you make dinner for mom?  Let us know.

Elora Farmers Market

Our summer market will start up at Bissell Park in Elora on Saturday, May 12.  It will run throughout the summer and fall at that location from 9am till 1pm every Saturday.  Fraberts will be there with seasonal local produce, flatbreads and dips, and other yummy treats!


…to Fraberts team member, Nicole Van den Borre!  Nicole was accepted into Teacher’s College at Laurier and will begin this fall – for those of you who shop Fraberts with children in tow, you already know how great she is with kids!

Customer Tip of the Week

Want something other than croutons to add crunch to your salads?  Try our roasted garlic chips!

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What’s In Store

November 13

Chef Derek’s Home-Made Ready Made Meals
Chicken Curry
Madras Beef Curry
Chicken Wings
Turkey Meatballs
Pasta Salad
Shepherd’s Pie
Chicken Lasagna
Beer Can Chicken
Cabbage Rolls

Homemade Soups – made from scratch!
Chicken Noodle
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Beef Barley
Butternut Squash

Local Seasonal Produce Includes:
Our famous local Floralane tomatoes
Ontario garlic
Crisp Ontario apples
Ontario brocolli, cauliflower
Ontario cabbage, potatoes and root veggies (beets, parsnips, carrots)
Ontario onions, rutabaga, sweet potatoes
Ontario hothouse red peppers and cucumbers
Ontario mushrooms and portabello mushrooms

a wide selection of produce staples – from lemons and bananas to oranges and pineapple are always available

Deli meats
our own homemade roast beef, black forest ham, pork loin, and turkey breast
Harriston’s delicious summer sausage – this is the best summer sausage you have ever tasted!
Montreal smoked meat

Local meat
fresh, local chicken from family farms in the Arthur area (delicious!)
steaks from Harriston Packers
pork loin chops from Harriston Packers
smoked and fresh sausage from Harriston Packers

Gourmet Cheese
lots of local, artisanal, Quebec, and international cheeses – too many to list!

River’s Edge Goat Dairy Products
Chevre – prize winner at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair!
Feta – prize winner at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair!
Goat milk
Goat yogurt

Best Baa Sheep Dairy Products
Sheep milk
Mouton Rouge
Sheep yogurt
Sheep ice cream

Gourmet Items
From These Roots gourmet jams and salsas
Harvest Goodies salad dressings and preserves
Breadalbane Inn Apple Cider Garlic Dijon Vinaigrette
local maple syrup
local honey (Coneybeare)
Garlic King

Baked Goods
fresh bread baked daily
butter tarts

Fraberts Famous Flatbreads
Fraberts Famous Hummus
Six-Bean Hummus
Gourmet Nacho Chips
Duck liver pate
Roasted red pepper and feta dip

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Open Canada Day 9-6

June 29

We are open from 9am till 6pm on Canada Day, Friday, July 1 to help you with all your holiday weekend needs. Everything you need for the BBQ – great local hamburgers, steaks and sausages, frozen kebabs at 25% off and all beef hot dogs. We also have Chef Derek’s popular salads and local lettuce, veggies, and dressings for your green salads. Beef tenderloin remains a great value at $15.99/lb ($17.99/lb cut into steaks). And of course our famous dips and delicious cheese counter will add to the festivities! We remain open all weekend long; Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 10-5. Happy Canada Day from our family to yours!

What’s Local?

It’s that time of year….when each and every week brings new, fresh, local produce to Fraberts! Some favourites right now include strawberries (peaking), rhubarb and asparagus (nearing the end). We also have peas, new potatoes, broccoli, lettuce, fresh garlic, radish, carrots and beets. Raspberries, cherries, blueberries, and beans are all just around the corner!

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Real Food

February 9

Feeding your family healthy, responsible meals does not have to be difficult or expensive.  In this package we have provided some tips and recipes that we hope you will find helpful.

Is Local Better?  Absolutely! Top ten reasons to eat local……

10)  Fresh, local foods are generally more nutritious, simply because they are fresh – some nutrients break down over time.
9)    Better for the global environment – less fossil fuels used for transportation.
8)    Better for the local environment – Ontario farmers are environmental leaders – most (over 80%) have Environmental Farm Plans, pesticide use has been cut in half over the past generation, etc.
7)    Trust – 98% of Canadian farms are family owned and operated.
6)    Socially responsible – local farm workers are paid well and treated fairly.
5)    Animal welfare – Ontario farmers follow strict “codes of practice” to ensure that animals are treated humanely.
4)  Better for your community – local businesses supported, better employment opportunities for everyone.
3)  Better for your countryside – keep rural communities vibrant and countryside scenic.|
2)  Food safety, food security – local food especially important during recalls, security issues
1)    It tastes better!!

Tip #1
Make food in bulk and freeze.  It basically takes the same amount of time to prepare a dish for one or for 20.  If making stew, lasagna, pasta, soups, casseroles etc., make a large batch all at once; divide it into portions and freeze.  Label and include the date.  When you are in a hurry you can just grab it out of the freezer, pop it in the microwave and presto – a homemade meal on the run.

Tip #2
Prep your veggies when you get home from the store.  Wash and trim celery and carrot sticks, pre-make salads, use grape tomatoes and mini carrots for convenience, wash fruit and have it handy for healthy snacking.

Tip #3
Crock pot cooking!  Chef Derek will give you tips on filling your crockpot with meats and veggies or other ideas.  Turn it on low and let it cook – return home at night to a home cooked meal waiting for you and a house that smells amazing!

Tip #4
Keep it simple – meat on the BBQ, potato in the microwave, veggies in the steamer.  A good healthy meal doesn’t have to be complicated.

Tip #5
Eat your colours.  An easy way to ensure you are getting a range of nutrients is to eat different coloured fruits and veggies throughout the week.  Dark green (spinach, brocolli), red (strawberries, tomatoes), orange (carrots, sweet potatoes), white (cauliflower, parsnips), yellow (peppers), purple (beets), blue (potatoes, blueberries) etc.

Tip #6
Healthy foods are NOT expensive.  $20 can get you a lot of fresh fruit and veggies, but only 2 happy meals.  Check your grocery receipt next time you shop and you will notice that it’s the treats and toiletries that make up most of your bill.  It certainly isn’t the potatoes or carrots!

Tip #7
Plant a small garden with your kids – kids will take an interest in fruits and veggies if they grow them themselves!   Take them to a farm for pick your own or some other form of entertainment.  Preserve together with other families – make salsa, pickles, jam.  Get the bulk materials at a farm, farmers market, or order through your local food market.


Fraberts Hummus
-          1 can (19 fluid ounce) chick peas (garbanzo beans)
-          1 Tbsp tahini (can substitute peanut butter)
-          Juice of 1 lemon (approximately 1/4 cup)
-          3-4 roasted garlic cloves
-          1-2 tsp cumin
-          ½ cup olive oil
-          Salt to taste


  1. Drain chick peans in large strainer
  2. Juice fresh lemon and add to large mixing bowl
  3. Add tahini, roasted garlic, olive oil cumin and salt to mixing bowl
  4. In food processor puree together chick peas and mixture
  5. Serve with pita points, crackers, or Fraberts Famous Flatbreads or use as a healthy sandwich spread

** can use 6 bean mix in place of chick peas

Roasted Garlic

-          garlic bulb(s)
-          EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
  2. Cut top off of garlic bulb so that the tops of the cloves are exposed
  3. Place bulb on a square of tin foil and drizzle EVOO over top of garlic
  4. Wrap garlic bulb in tin foil and bake for 30-35 minutes
  5. Remove and allow to cool

 Fraberts Tomato Sauce

-          1 large onion
-          1/3 cup roasted garlic
-          1 can tomatoes


  1. Julienne onion
  2. Sweat onion in pot and add roasted garlic
  3. Add ground tomatoes
  4. Simmer for at least 2 hours stirring occasionally so as to not burn to the bottom of the pot
  5. When cool add chopped basil to sauce

Fraberts Dark Ale Beef Stew

-          2  lbs brisket stew beef
-          ½ lb smoked bacon, chunks
-          1 large carrot, diced
-          1 stalk celery, diced
-          1 small onion, diced
-          ½ small rutabaga or turnip, diced
-          ¼ lb parsnips, diced
-          ¼ lb crimini mushrooms
-          ½ tsp caraway seed
-          1 pinch of pepper flakes
-          1 lb potatoes, diced
-          ½ can Hockley Dark Ale (or Guiness works well too)
-          1 cup beef stock
-          Veloutine to thicken


  1. Dice bacon, medium dice, and cook in pan, reserve the drippings
  2. Add drippings to sauce pan and brown off brisket
  3. Throw everything into crockpot and cook at low-medium for the day – go to work!
  4. Return home in the evening, enjoy aroma in house, remove your tasty meal from the crockpot and serve with a crusty roll and the other half of the Dark Ale!

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