Ontario Aspargus is Here! – Seasonal Produce Update from Carmen        

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The Ontario Food Terminal has sprung to life as new growing seasons have commenced with our favourites. We are happy to report that Ontario Asparagus is now at all Vince’s locations and that is normally an indication that the growing season is about to explode with variety. Stay tuned for more updates soon on what is coming into your local Vince’s.

Here is a list of what produce that is in season and should be included in your daily meal preparations.

First of the Season Ontario Asparagus

Unlike most veggies, which are grown as annuals, Asparagus is a a perennial. Once planted, it takes several years to get large and strong enough to harvest, but then will be there to harvest every year for 20 to 30 years or more. The sight of them in the spring is amazing. They look just like asparagus… coming right out of the ground! If you don’t pick the stalks, they quickly shoot up and open to a large, ferny plant that is the general shape of a pine tree, but more airy.¹

Spring Asparagus is the first cut and is often the most tender. As the season goes along and second and third cuts are made, asparagus can get a woody texture and taste. Enjoy now!

California Cherries

A personal favourite, Vince’s is proud to only sell XL and Jumbo sized cherries to our customers. We source the most firm, sweet and consistent cherries available from the Market on a daily basis. California Cherries are our favourite as they provide the largest crop yield (making prices affordable for all to enjoy) and the consistent sunlight produces excellent sugar content. Enjoy all June long!

California Soft Fruit

Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots… California soft fruit is in my opinion the next best growing region of fruit to Ontario. Enjoy now as the market is full of fresh, seasonally picked product. As the spring turns to summer, the crop yield begins to diminish in California and the result is that over ripened fruit can stay on the market. This is why Vince’s will flip to Ontario product in late June early July as it becomes available. Right now is the perfect time to enjoy your favourite fruits.

Ontario Greenhouse Grown Peppers, Tomatoes and Cucumbers

The beautiful sunshine has helped produce some of the most flavourful greenhouse grown tomatoes we have had in many years. We stock a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Our family is hooked on the Terano Naturally Brown tomatoes from Mucci Farms. Naturally grown, non-GMO tomatoes have an excellent balance and go well in salads or as a base for your favourite piece of soft mozzarella.

As you can see the growing season is progressing very well in Southern Ontario. Consistent temperatures with little unseasonal highs or lows is leading to big potential for yields and flavour! We thank mother-nature for cooperating in this part of the world!

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¹http://seasonalontariofood.blogspot.ca/2013/05/growing-asparagus.html

Victoria Day Weekend, the Unofficial Start to Summer!

victoria day Vince's MarketThe history of celebrating Victoria Day began with the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). May 24, Queen Victoria’s birthday, was declared a holiday by the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845. After Confederation, the Queen’s birthday was celebrated every year on May 24 unless that date was a Sunday, in which case a proclamation was issued providing for the celebration on May 25. After the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, an Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada establishing a legal holiday on May 24 in each year (or May 25 if May 24 fell on a Sunday) under the name Victoria Day. An amendment to the Statutes of Canada in 1952 established the celebration of Victoria Day on the Monday preceding May 25. With the recent birth of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana), it is nice to remember the context in which we enjoy this holiday long weekend and the unofficial start to summer! Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Vince’s Market

Mother's Day at Vince's Market Mother’s day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is that one special day that only comes around once a year, that makes us all stop and think about how much our mothers, grandmothers and wives have done and continue to do for us.

The incredible weather that is upon us this weekend will push us to firing up the grill. Take some time and plan things out, so you can pull off the feast that you intend.

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Choosing the Right Steak for You

butcher Uxbridge Newmarket Sharon Ontario Every spring, we anticipate the sun and nice weather coming with such excitement. This year, the anticipation seems so much more because of the rough winter we have all had. The first weekend of May is finally the time where we can all exhale and know that it is ok to finally clean out the BBQ, and know that summer parties are just around the corner. In this blog we’ll discuss how to choose the “right” steak for you.

 

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Try Something New from Ontario Greenhouses

Torreno Tomatoes

Every year we welcome new and innovative products coming straight out of Ontario greenhouses. The increased space and controlled environment allows for Ontario growers to try tasty varieties that would otherwise be too challenging to grow in the fields. We encourage you to try something new!

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Spring Cheese Boards – 4 Great Varieties

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After our long and cold winter months, it’s refreshing to feel the warmer, sunny days that lie ahead. For me personally, I feel so much more motivated and energized when the weather changes for the better – got a little more spring in my step! This may be true for many of you as spring-cleaning begins and the patio furniture and BBQs get ready for the summer season. Get-togethers and entertaining are on the rise, and you know what that means? It is the kick-off to cheese boards galore. :-) Here are 4 great varieties to try.

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Locally Grown Produce Arriving at Vince’s Market – April Strawberries!

Ontario greenhouse strawberries Here at Vince’s Market, we are eagerly anticipating some more mild and warm weather to help kickstart the Ontario growing season. The longer days have allowed for Ontario greenhouse growers to begin producing vegetables and this year we have one really fantastic surprise – April Strawberries!

 

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Happy Easter Weekend from Vince’s Market!

grocery store Uxbridge Newmarket Sharon Ontario Easter is our favourite holiday of the year as it signals the definitive end to winter and beginning of spring. We welcome the return to greenhouse grown Ontario products and the start of the local Foodland Ontario offering. Stay tuned for a seasonal produce update from Carmen in next week’s blog! As always, all Vince’s Market locations are open this holiday Easter Sunday until 5pm!

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Vince’s Market – Easter Ready to Serve Offerings

Vince's Market prepared foods Chef Michael here…It’s amazing just how fast time flies and now Easter is just around the corner.  Who has time to cook with all the hustle and bustle of today’s busy schedules? Easter is a time to spend with family and friends, celebrating spring and new beginnings.  At Vince’s we hope to make this celebration easier and convenient for our valued customer.  Let Vince’s Market take care of those holiday meal needs with any of our heat and serve or ready to serve offerings all available daily in the prepared food section!. All Vince’s Market locations are open this holiday weekend on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday until 5pm!

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Vince’s Market’s Michael Wood – Prepared Foods Chef & Category Manager

Chef Michael Wood At Vince’s Market, we recognize the need to bring our customers healthy, fresh and tasty prepared meal solutions. Everyone is stretched for time, and the supermarket is the perfect place to grab a quick hot meal or something that can be reheated and served to the hungry family quickly. Recognizing this, Vince’s went on the search for an Executive Chef who had the experience and knowledge to bring new and fresh flavours to Vince’s Market Prepared Foods offering. We are pleased to introduce Chef Michael Wood!

A fantastic addition to the management team at Vince’s Market, Michael brings extensive experience and skill to our group. Please read on for a personal message from Michael and to get to know his background better.
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