Fresh Ontario Field Tomatoes – Beefsteak Tomato Salad

Fresh Ontario tomatoesOntario has the ability to provide locally grown tomatoes all year long using greenhouse growing techniques which involves hydroponics. You are probably used to seeing greenhouse grown cluster tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and round tomatoes in our stores all year long. In fact, there are 300 varieties of tomatoes grown in Ontario. But a favourite at Vince’s Market is when the Ontario grown field beefsteak tomato becomes available. This growing season lasts from late July to September and provides what we think is one of the most tasty and flavourful variety of tomatoes available. We’ve included one of our favourite recipes for a beefsteak tomato salad. Continue reading

Wonderful Ontario Corn is back at Vince’s Market!

girl eating corn on the cobWonderful Ontario corn is back at Vince’s Market stores! Nothing reminds us more of Ontario summers than sweet corn on the cob served from the backyard grill, at the CNE or over a campfire. Continue reading

Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet

bigstock-strawberry-sorbet-with-fresh-p-34381562With the heat of the summer months upon us, sorbet is always a refreshing and healthy treat for the taste buds. This homemade strawberry rhubarb sorbet recipe is full of natural ingredients and powerful antioxidants for some top-notch health and beauty benefits. Continue reading

Celebrating Fresh Ontario Strawberries

bigstock-Strawberry-Rhubarb-Cobbler-8216018Canada Day is fast approaching and the Ontario Strawberry crop is a bit late this year. Normally by this time of the year we are in full swing of Ontario Strawberries, however everything has been delayed by this extended spring. The rain that we have experienced should actually help to produce some of the best tasting berries in recent memory, as the shade produced by bigger leaves helps allow the berry to grow and then the hot weather allows for some good ripening and big flavor. Continue reading

Gardening and Planting Season at Vince’s Market

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It’s planting season! I am quickly figuring out that gardening and planting are not as easy as they may seem. It appears most of what I planted last year has not survived the winter and I do not think it relates to soil condition or full sun/part sun as much as it has to do with me being horrible at planting. So this year I am committed to changing all of that by visiting the greenhouses/garden centres, speaking with seasoned gardeners, learning from my mistakes, and managing my expectations. Fingers crossed. I’m taking advice; so feel free to share by commenting on this blog post or on our Facebook page. Continue reading

BBQ Season – LiberTerre® – Antibiotic Free, Hormone Free Meats

LiberTerre Meats at Vince's Market storesA few summers ago, we introduced the LiberTerre® brand of Beef, Pork, Poultry and some highlights of lamb, through our Partners at Retail Ready. The LiberTerre® brand signifies that their products are “free from…” For example, the products are Antibiotic Free, Hormone Free, etc. and they are great… especially during BBQ season. Continue reading

Grilled Fruit and Veggie Ideas

21363482_sWe are very happy to welcome this spring weather. It’s about time! Last week we sent Brian to visit the meat packers, Ryding Regency, and hope you enjoyed watching the video.  If you have not yet seen it, check it out here. And, now that our BBQ’s are fired up, its time to look at some of our favourite grilled veggies and grilled fruits that can either accompany your dinner or be the main attraction. Continue reading

Get Back To Basics: 5 Simple Steps to Healthy Eating

15426991_sWhen you are trying to eat a healthier diet, it does not have to be complicated.  In fact, the more complicated a food is, the more likely it is unhealthy.  Just think of the number of ingredients on the package.  Don’t the healthier foods tend to have fewer ingredients?  It’s important to get back to basics. Here are 5 simple steps to healthier eating and a healthier lifestyle.

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Healthy Ideas for Easter Dinner: Maple Baked Sweet Potatoes

bigstock-Sweet-Potato-Casserole-37244206With the Easter long weekend coming up soon, it is a good idea to start planning your menu for your family get-together.  Whether you are hosting the event, or just bringing a dish to a pot-luck, why not give some thought to making the meal healthy.  Continue reading

Eat Greens for St. Patrick’s Day: Bacon and Spinach Stir-fry

18406244_sUsually St. Patrick’s Day is associated with parades and celebrating at the Irish pub.  But this year, why not try cooking something green for the special day.  Now that might not sound as exciting as drinking green beer, but it is definitely healthier for you. Continue reading