Off-Air Adventure: St. Jacobs

 

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Last weekend, I decided to head to the Village of St. Jacobs to check it out. After passing through 4 cities in 4 years, I’ve learned the only way to get to know the market is to get out and explore the market.

I grew up in Ontario–spent the first 26 years of my life here–and yet I have to admit that I still know little about it beyond Toronto and the GTA. Sadly, I think this is true for most people who grew up in Toronto/GTA. It can feel like a bubble and everyone who lives outside that bubble simply doesn’t exist. Now, I was never THAT closed-minded, but I do admit to minimal exploration. My time in Newfoundland and Labrador is what really prompted me to change my ways: when there’s so much to explore in your own backyard, why not explore it?

So, St. Jacobs. It wasn’t a busy Sunday in the Village, but there were plenty of tourists like me. It felt like what I imagine much of small-town Ontario feels like: quaint, quiet, a simple life. The shops were all inviting, the people friendly and the selection of unique products sometimes overwhelming. I will certainly be heading back to St. Jacobs Country because I MUST check out the farmer’s market. Perhaps that will be next Saturday’s adventure…

 

Fought the urge to buy everything in this store...

Fought the urge to not buy everything in this store…

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Best jam I've had in a LONG time!

Best jam I’ve had in a LONG time!

 

For some reason, this reminded me of Alberta...

For some reason, this reminded me of Alberta…

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Something else that reminded me of Alberta. One of the many truly unique products I spotted in the Village.

Something else that reminded me of Alberta. One of the many truly unique products I spotted in the Village.

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