Before heading to Fergus to see the family I spent this gorgeous sunny warm long weekend Saturday in Guelph - my home away from home :) Cities with a year round farmers market are very lucky and the fantastic Guelph Farmers Market is no exception! Open from 7am to noon we nearly missed it because we slept in (up late last night telling ghost stories around a campfire) so there was little produce to be had, but lots of great ethnic food choices for lunch and we scored some "Caring Canteloupe" for a soul-rejuvinating snack later.
I was really impressed with the quality of the art and crafts available - there was a gorgeous wool poncho with hood that I definately covet and some really lovely photography. Such a gregarious community feeling too - people in Guelph seem so joyous and outgoing. For a market with such obvious success I'm surprised they're only open once a week. More markets should take a cue from St. Catharines and open 2 or 3 times a week even if just a few vendors are there.
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Then we headed off to the Guelph Arboretum for a hike with a bit of learning thrown in. 2 minutes into our walk we stumbled upon a huuuuuge patch of wild garlic and/or onion (I thought wild garlic only grew in Niagara) Tori grabbed a few bulbs but I still have some left from last week.
The arboretum is a great place to explore with fantastical pathways through the forest, tilty boardwalks and a tiny twisty tunnel trail. It was such a hot day and nobody was around so I ended up walking around in my bra most of the time... its funny to be so warm without any bugs! After years of living in Thunder Bay its a dream come true to be true to walk around that uncovered without being eaten alive.