Summer is Here and the Livin’ is Easy

My favourite time of year – with every trip to the market I find more local produce.  It starts with asparagus, rhubarb, and fiddleheads – then we move into strawberries, spinach, radishes, fresh peas – already we’re into raspberries, beans, broccoli, beets, lettuces….blueberries and cherries are just around the corner! Time to enjoy this wonderful weather…so get out of the kitchen!  We have a full selection of our newly famous fresh deli salads to go with your BBQ.  And speaking of BBQ…our meat counter features the best in local meat – great steaks, delicious chicken, and mouth-watering sausages…..

Open Canada Day Weekend

Celebrate Canada Day weekend with great, local food!  We are open our regular hours for the holiday weekend – Friday 9-7, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5, and Monday 9-7.  Happy Canada Day!

Golden Guernsey Milk Comes to Fraberts

Eby Manor is a generational family dairy farm near St. Jacobs in Waterloo County.  Their herd consists of Guernsey cattle which are known for their docile temperament and highly nutritious and flavorful milk. Some of the unique qualities of Guernsey milk are the high level of Beta Carotene, Omega 3, and A-2 Beta Casine (Protein). Their cows are let outside for sunshine, exercise and grazing in the morning when the weather is suitable.  Each cow has her own name and identity, and production records are kept on each animal. Their feed program is designed for producing milk with high nutrient quality rather than a focus on producing high volumes of milk. The health and longevity of their cows is a high priority for them. Currently they have cows in their herd that are 12 to 14 years of age are still productive and in excellent health. Like all Canadian dairy farmers, they do not use hormone additives or treatments to promote growth or milk production. Antibiotics are used only when absolutely necessary to treat an infection or serious illness. Very strict protocols are followed after any animal has been treated and records are maintained following the treatment. All milk from treated animals is discarded until the milk is free of antibiotic residue. The Eby’s believe that every milk consumer can enjoy the rich full flavor of our Golden Guernsey milk with confidence that it is truly a safe and nutritious choice. ENJOY! Editors note – our family loves this milk – it is rich and there really is something about milk in a glass jar….and I grew up drinking unprocessed milk on a Holstein farm so this is saying something!

Fergus Library Expansion and BIA Downtown Riverwalk Beautification

We are starting to see draft drawings of how downtown Fergus could look after our library is expanded and landscaping along the river is done – it will be spectacular!  Check it out for yourself tomorrow night at the Township’s public meeting – Wednesday, June 27, from 6:30 to 8:30at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex.

Staff News

We are very proud of our young staff who are moving on to the next stages of their careers….

  • Kate Marshall has completed her Massage Therapy program at Humber College and is now working towards her professional designation.
  • Alyssa Mitchell is graduating from Grade 8 at Elora Public School – she will move on to Centre Wellington District High School in the fall.
  • Marissa Taylor completed her Certificate of Christian Ministries from Masters College and Seminary in Peterborough.  She starts at the University of Guelph this fall (the best university on earth…OK, maybe I am a bit biased).
  • Nicole Van den Borre graduated from Wilfred Laurier University with her B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology – she starts teachers’ college at WLU in the fall.

And a BIG welcome back to John Hoffmann, who survived a tough round of cancer treatments and has been given a clean bill of health – we are so thrilled to have you back, John!

Congratulations to all of our terrific staff!