From the beginning of time, people have instinctively combined foods, achieved nutritional balance and maintained a healthy weight. Yet this generation, despite its knowledge of nutrition, struggles with obesity and achieving an overall sense of wellness. Continue reading →
I just want to thank all of our great customers for continuing to support our stores and fresh Ontario produce. Before there was anything called a “buy local” movement, the Ontario Food Terminal existed and stores like ours were always buying local. We love that our size and scope gives us access to the best growers and products Ontario has to offer! Continue reading →
Ontario 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 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 →
With 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 →
Canada 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 →
Hi, it’s Carmen here. With June upon us, we are happy to welcome back and give you an update on Ontario produce. We’ve missed it!
Ontario asparagus is in full season and it’s been a good year so far for the crop. Tenderness and taste are some of the best we have seen in many years. If you missed our last blog post, please check out this delicious Grilled Balsamic Asparagus recipe. Continue reading →
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 →
Victoria Day Weekend is here Vince’s Market is looking forward to seeing you! Time to get outside and freshen up the garden or open up the cottage or just enjoy a long weekend of much deserved rest and relaxation with family, friends and some great food. Continue reading →
While I am sure everyone knows that Carmen goes to the market to get fresh produce, we actually procure meat in the same way. I am Brian Johns, a partner at Vince’s Market. I look after the meat departments. Over the years, I have built relationships with many different local Ontario meat packers and distributors. Much like produce, it is extremely important to have strong relationships, to ensure you are getting the best quality product at the best possible price.