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Posted: March 14, 2017

Did you know that we carry Farm Fresh Eggs?

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You can pick up local eggs at our Orchard Market! Here are the 3 varieties to choose from:

Classic Brown Egg

Hens are housed in cages with approximately three to seven birds depending on its design and size.  In this environment, it’s much easier to ensure each hen gets the right amount of feed, clean water and general care than in larger flocks.  The gently sloped cage floors keep the birds and their eggs clean of waste.

 

Cage Free Omega 3 Egg

Free-run farms house hen on the floor of the barn with no access to the outdoors.  The floor is made of wood or plastic slates or wire, and in some cases, farmers use a litter of straw or shavings.  Feed and water is available throughout the barn for 10 -20 hens at a time.  In some instances, chickens scratch in their own litter and lay some of their eggs in it. 

The hens’ diet contains plenty of grains, proteins, vitamins and minerals.  The main ingredient is corn. Calcium is also important because it makes the egg shells hard.  Natural supplements can be added to the feed as needed.  The feed contains flax seed, fish oil or other DHA sources, which results in the eggs having a higher Omega-3 content as well as a higher DHA content.

 

Free roaming

on grass (summer)

Dried grass (winter)

Free-range farms house hens together on barn floors, with food and water provided at stations throughout the barn.  Hens also have daily access to an outdoor pen or pasture.  This is only possible in the spring and summer in Ontario.  

 

 


 

Posted: March 1, 2017

Ontario Maple Syrup!

The days are getting longer and the sun is shining stronger, it must be Ontario's Maple Syrup season!
 
Ontario maple syrup
 

Fun Facts:

DIfferent colour classes, flavours and usages:

 

Buying & Storage tip:

 

 Be sure to visit our Recipe Chest for some great cooking ideas!

 


 

Posted: January 10, 2017

Warm up with Martin's Hot Apple Cider!

Hot Apple Cider

Combat the cold weather by warming up some of our fresh apple cider! A stick of cinnamon finishes off this cozy, winter drink!

 


 

Posted: December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays!

We deeply appreciate all of our customers and business partners and all of the support you have given us throughout the year. You are part of what makes Martin's Family Fruit Farm a success.

Merry Christmas

 


 

Posted: Oct 26, 2016

Heritage varieties: 

Ontario apples

Yes these old time favourites are ready!

RUSSET - A medium sized apple that has a distinctive greenish yellow to golden brown skin color. The flesh is firm and cream colored providing a sweet juicy flavor. This apple is a good selection for drying, for baking, and for making cider. It can be kept for months in refrigerated storage.

SPY - Large, crisp, and firm with red stripes. It is a good dessert and pie apple that is also used for juice and cider.

TOLMAN SWEET - This medium to large-sized yellow-green apple sometimes has a red blush and some russeting. The texture is firm with a dryish flesh, pure white and decidedly sweet.

SNOW - Small to medium sized fruit with beautiful red over cream skin. Name comes from it's pure white flesh occasionally stained crimson near the skin. Soft flesh with an aromatic, distinctive flavor. Used for eating and is excellent for cider.

 


Posted: Oct 18, 2016

Ambrosia apples are ready!

Ambrosia apples

Developed in the mid 1990’s in British Columbia, this is an apple that appeals to all of our senses. Bright red striping over a soft golden background gives this beauty a pinkish blush. Its distinct, honeyed aroma complements its fantastic sweetness. Described by some as a perfectly refined apple, the ambrosia’s white, crisp and firm flesh is slow to brown, making it a great choice for salads and deserts. Go ahead and delight your senses in the heavenly Ambrosia—a food clearly “fit for the gods”.
 
 

 

Posted: Oct 7, 2016

Store Hours and Events

Happy thanksgiving

Orchard Market store hours:

Sat Oct 8  8am - 4pm

Sun Oct 9  Closed

Mon Oct 10  Closed

Tue Oct 11 - returning back to regular hours

 

Monday Oct 10 is KW Okotberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Onkel Hans Food Drive!

Share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by helping the community with the Onkel Hans Food Drive that will take place along the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. Please bring your non-perishable food items to the Parade and volunteers will gladly pick them up along the parade route. Thank you for lending a helping hand!

 

Here is a list of items most needed by The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. 

The top 5 are in the greatest demand currently

  1. Peanut butter
  2. Beans in Sauce
  3. Canned Fish
  4. Canned Fruit
  5. Cold Cereal

 

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 


 

 

Posted: September 7, 2016

New Crop Apples Harvested Daily!

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Ontario new crop apples are being harvested daily. Some excellent eating varieties available now are Gala and McIntosh!
 
Tip: Please remember that our summer apples(Paulared, Ginger Gold, Sunrise and Zestar) do not store as well as the later fall apples because they have high water content and tend to become mealy. Apples continue to ripen at a rapid rate even after they are picked from the trees, but refrigeration helps to slow this process.  Always, always store your apples in the refrigerator.

 


 

Posted: August 16, 2016

Ontario Jerseymac apples are ready

Jerseymac apples

This early variety is popular amongst the McIntosh lovers. It's medium to large in size, aromatic, fairly firm textured, juicy and has a crisp tart flavour.

-great for eating fresh or sauces

*Available now to mid-September

 


 

Posted: August 2, 2016

We still have Blueberries!

Blueberries

 
We still have delicious, fresh Ontario Blueberries available in our Orchard Market. Come get yours today!
 
Did you know that blueberries were once called "star berries?" That's because of the star-shaped formation on their skin left from the flower that formed the fruit. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. Antioxidants are responsible for neutralizing free radicals in the body, which can affect aging and contraction of diseases. Although the blueberry season is relatively short, blueberries can be enjoyed all year long, by freezing and canning them!
 
Buying:
Fresh blueberries are in their prime from July through August. Select berries that are completely blue, with no tinge of red. That natural shimmery silver coating you see on blueberries is desirable as it is a natural protectant. Avoid soft, watery or moldy blueberries. 
 
Storing:
When you get the blueberries home, discard any smashed, moldy, or shriveled ones, and don't rinse the berries until you're ready to use them. Store unwashed and covered in the refrigerator. Blueberries are highly perishable so do try to use them as soon as possible.
 
Give this recipe a try, Lemon Blueberry Biscuits.They are bursting with blueberries and topped with a tangy lemon glaze.
 
 

 

Posted: July 15, 2016

Fresh Ontario Cherries Available Now!

Cherries

Fresh Ontario Cherries can now be found at our Orchard Market! Come get your delicious treat today.


 

Posted: July 7, 2016

Raspberries are Here!

Raspberries

We have fresh, Ontario raspberries just waiting for you at our Orchard Market! Come on out today!


 

Posted: July 6, 2016

It's Strawberry Time!

Strawberries

Come in to our Orchard Market today for some fresh-picked, Ontario strawberries! 


 

Posted: July 4, 2016

Happy Canada Day and Independence Day!

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We hope that you had a safe and enjoyable Canada Day Weekend and we want to wish our neighbours to the South a very happy Independence Day! Our store is open today so please come in to restock your fridge with fresh Ontario fruits and veggies!


 

Posted: February 15, 2016

Orchard Market Closed for Family Day

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Happy Family Day! Our Orchard Market will be closed for the holiday and reopen on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. 

Posted: December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas! 

Our staff at Martin's Family Fruit Farm would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and happy holidays. We will be closing today at 12:00 noon and will remain closed December 25-27 to spend time with family. However, we look forward to serving you again on December 28, 2015. 


 

Posted: December 12, 2015

Gift Baskets Available!

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Unsure what to buy that local foodie this Christmas? Stop by our Orchard Market and pick up a gift basket filled with lots of local goodness! The local jams, jellys, cookies, chips and more are sure to be a hit!


 

Posted September 21, 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year- Fresh Crop Apples are in!

HoneyCrisp Apples

Stop by our Orchard Market for some fresh Ontario new crop apples!

We have a great assortment of early apples, including Honeycrisp, Gala, Gingergold, and McIntosh fresh-picked from our orchard. We can't wait to see you!


 

Posted: June 25, 2015

Fresh Rhubarb is now in season!

rhubarb cake

Try this delicious Cinnamon-Sugar Rhubarb Cake recipe 

½ cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar, divided
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, brown sugar and ½ cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat for 2 minutes. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in rhubarb. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. 

*Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

12-16 servings

chef’s note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.

*Add ¼ cup skör bits to topping for added interest!


 

Posted: June 5, 2015

Fresh Ontario Strawberries!

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Strawberries are a treat all on their own, with a little sprinkle of sugar or a dollop of cream.

Strawberries are also great for freezing, and they make wonderful jam or pie filling.

Stop in for some today and try this easy recipe: "Fresh strawberry Pie"

 


Posted: May 7, 2015

It's Here... Asparagus!

Ontario Asparagus

Asparagus are loaded with vitamins C, K and A, as well as containing high amounts of B vitamin folate and the supposed cancer-fighting anti-oxidant agent glutathione.
 
Asparagus is pretty much available year round, but nothing is better than Ontario’s own crop!
 
Storing tip: Store fresh asparagus by wrapping the bottom of the stalks in a damp paper towel, putting them in a plastic bag and refrigerating. Plan to use within 2 days.

Here are some simple things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of Ontario’s asparagus bounty this season.
 

Recipes: Asparagus Meat Potato Quiche, Warm Asparagus-Spnich Pasta Salad, Puffy Asparagus Strata

 


Posted: March 20, 2015

Ontario greenhouse Vegetables!

Eating local isn't so tough this time of year. Now just in are:

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Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant known to help prevent certain forms of cancer, heart disease and other diseases.

Cucumbers are low in calories and are packed with fibre and potassium. Try our Cucumber Cups recipe.

Sweet peppers are high in vitamin B, and folacin. Try our Grilled Peppers with Feta recipe.

Ontario greenhouse veggies are harvested at the peak of their ripeness and travels less than a day to deliver fresh, high quality produce to your dinner table.

 

 


Posted: February 6, 2015

Sweetheart Cinnamon Apple Salad

Make this easy and refreshing treat for your sweethearts!

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3 oz. cherry or strawberry Jell-O (or other jelly powder)

1 cup boiling water

¼ cup cinnamon heart candies

1 cup cold water and ice

8 oz. crushed pineapple, with juice

1 ½ peeled apples, cubed

½ cup chopped pecans, optional

 

Stir together Jell-O, boiling water and cinnamon candies until dissolved. Add cold water and crushed pineapple, stirring to cool. Chill until just beginning to congeal. Fold in apples and pecans, if desired. Chill until set. Yield: 6 – 8 servings

 

 


 

Posted: January 5, 2015

An apple a day, the healthy way!

Not only are apples a great source of soluble fiber, antioxidants, pectin and immune-boosting vitamin C, they also satisfy hunger for a few calories, so apples should be part of any healthy diet to promote weight loss.

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Have you started the new year off right? Add a daily apple to your diet and keep the doctor away.

 


 

Posted: Dec 10, 2014

Christmas cookie bowls are back!

Whether you serve cookies at holiday parties, leave them out for Santa, swap them with friends, or mail them as gifts, one thing is for sure: you can get great cookies from our Orchard Market.

The best part is that you don't have to spend all day baking them.

Martin's Christmas cookies

 

Available now, pick some up today!

 


 

Posted: Sept 12, 2014

Let's Celebrate the Harvest!

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Join us on October 3rd and 4th for our annual Harvest Celebration. 

Come on out to the orchard and sample some of our fresh-pressed cider and an amazing array of apple treats made from our favourite family recipes.  

There is absolutely no better time to bite into a crisp, juicy apple!  Our harvest is now well underway and we've got many varieties to choose from including the amazing Honeycrisp, the super sweet Gala and the classic McIntosh.  The crop is looking great this year and tasting even better! We hope to see you soon!

 

Friday October 3rd   9am-6pm

Saturday October 4th   9am-4pm

 


 

Posted: Aug 25, 2014

New crop apples now available

Ontario apples

Ontario new crop apples are being harvested daily. Varieties available now are Paulared, Ginger Gold, Jersey Mac, Sunrise and Zestar. 

Please remember that summer apples do not store as well as fall apples because they have high water content and tend to become mealy. Apples continue to ripen at a rapid rate even after they are picked from the trees, but refrigeration helps to slow this process.  Always, always store your apples in the refrigerator.

 


 

Posted: August 12, 2014

Bluberries galore!

Ontario Blueberries

Did you know that blueberries were once called "star berries?" That's because of the star-shaped formation on their skin left from the flower that formed the fruit. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. Antioxidants are responsible for neutralizing free radicals in the body, which can affect aging and contraction of diseases. Although the blueberry season is relatively short, blueberries can be enjoyed all year long, by freezing and canning them!

Buying:
Fresh blueberries are in their prime from July through August. Select berries that are completely blue, with no tinge of red. That natural shimmery silver coating you see on blueberries is desirable as it is a natural protectant. Avoid soft, watery or moldy blueberries. 

Storing:

When you get the blueberries home, discard any smashed, moldy, or shriveled ones, and don't rinse the berries until you're ready to use them. Store unwashed and covered in the refrigerator. Blueberries are highly perishable so do try to use them as soon as possible.
 
 

 

Posted: August 1, 2014

Raspberries 

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Some fun facts:

Raspberries are a healthy food to eat. They do not have any fat, saturated fat, sodium, or cholesterol. They are high in fiber and vitamin C. They can help lower high blood pressure and they can serve as an anti-inflammatory (Interesting Facts About Raspberries).

 


 

Posted: July 15, 2014

Ontario Green & Yellow beans are in!

Green beans (also called string beans, snap beans, or French beans) and yellow beans (sometimes called wax beans) may have been first cultivated as far back as 7000 BC in the Americas.

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Buying:

Look for smooth bright beans without spots. Fresh beans will snap when bent—tough or older beans will bend. This is a sign they are drying out. Avoid the bendy as well as bumpy beans—enlarged seeds inside also signal they are no longer tender.

Storing:

Fresh beans can be kept in the refrigerator for about a week. Keep unwashed beans in a plastic bag and in the crisper section of your fridge. When you are ready to cook them, rinse beans thoroughly. Some people choose to cut off the ends.

Nutrition Info:

Green and yellow beans contain fiber, and are a very good source of vitamins A, C, K and folate. They also provide a modest amount of calcium and are a very good source of manganese.

1 cup of green or yellow beans provides 44 calories, 0g fat, 10g carbohydrate, 4g dietary fiber, and 2g protein.

 


 

Posted: March 4, 2014

Apple Chips featured on Food Factory show!

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From raw materials to finished products, Food Factory reveals in awe-inspiring detail how mass-produced favourites are really made. Be sure to tune into "Food Factory" on Food Network Canada Friday March 7th at 9pm to see our segment on how we make our popular Crispy Apple Chips.

 

March 14 UPDATE: If you missed the show, watch it here on Foodnetwork.ca 


 

Posted: February 24, 2014

We carry Bright Brand Cheese!

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The Bright Cheese & Butter Manufacturing Co. Ltd. was established in 1874 by a group of local farmers who realized they had a surplus of milk each month from their livestock. Originally a cheese production facility, the company added butter to its product line in 1911.
 
We just couldn't resist, we paired them witm our Apple Chips and they're an instant hit! Be sure to give them a try!
 
 

 

Posted: Jan 24, 2014

Don Cameron potato night, Fri. Feb 7th

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We got the spuds to help you with #PotatoBlitz month!

Our Kitchener Rangers play the Oshawa Generals on Friday February 7th at 7:30 pm. Show us your Ranger game ticket for that night; and when you buy a bag of potatoes, we'll give you another bag FREE.

Bring your Spuds and donations to the Aud on game night.

For other ways of getting involved with #PotatoBlitz month, vist: www.houseoffriendship.org "Helping to feed our neighbours in need"

 


 

Posted: Dec 19, 2013

Johnston's Cranberries in stock!

We have excellent frozen cranberries available in 1lb and 3lb bags. Frozen cranberries retain the quality of fresh cranberries and can be used year round to include in cooked dishes and home made cranberry sauce.

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Best uses: Baking, relishes, sauces, fruit compotes, desserts.

Try this Fresh Cranberry Relish recipe!

 


 

Posted: Oct 23, 2013

“I yam what I yam.”

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Some people call these vegetables “yams.” Other people call them “sweet potatoes.” Both are right. So call it whichever you like; it’s still the same yummy treat.

One thing you might not know is that a sweet potato is not a potato at all (like the kind used to make French fries). They are so different that they’re not even related. Sweet potatoes are actually the root of the plant. They are part of the morning glory family, and their viny plants have purple flowers. True potatoes, like white, brown or red ones, are called “tubers.” They are the underground part of the stem of their plant.

Fun Ways to Eat and Cook Sweet Potato
Our skin can be left on if scrubbed well, or we can be peeled. Our ends, however, should be removed. Slice, dice or bake whole, like potatoes. Saute, barbecue, fry or microwave. Serve us as a vegetable with roasts, stuff us, mash us on our own or add us to potato, use us in soups, sweet potato pies, cakes, scones or biscuits. In many recipes we can replace potato and pumpkin. We can even be candied!

Choosing Sweet Potato
Select those of us with firm, smooth, well-shaped tubers with bright, uniform coloured skin. Skin colour varies with variety.

How to Keep Sweet Potato
Store us in a cool, dark place with good ventilation. Use within 2 weeks. Do not store us in the refrigerator.

 


 

Posted: Sept 19, 2013

It's apple cider season!

Cool crisp nights... the perfect time of year to enjoy apple cider. Heat up the cider as is or add mulling spice for an extra kick.

fresh apple cider

We press weekly and only use the finest handpicked apples.

- No sugar added

- No water or concentrates added

- No Preservatives added

- Unfiltered

- Unpasteurized

 


 

Posted: Sept 10, 2013

It's Crunch Time!

Honey crisp apples

 
The harvest season is in full swing, stop by the farm and pick up some new crop apples, including: Honey Crisp,  Gala, Macs and more!
Perfect for packing into lunches, and for snacking anytime!
 

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Please enjoy responsibly!
 
 

 

Posted: Sept 4, 2013

Ginger Gold Apples!

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Gingergold apples are sweet, mildly tart apples with a crisp cream coloured flesh. They are great for snacking fresh out of hand, in salads or for baking. They are not around for very long so enjoy them for the short time it's available.

 


 

Posted: Aug 6, 2013

Beautiful Broccoli and Cauliflower!

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Broccoli and cauliflower are part of the cabbage family and are close cousins to brussel sprouts, and kohlrabi. Broccoli and Cauliflower are low in calories, high in vitamin C, and a good source of both folate and vitamin A. Both are also a good source of fiber in your diet.
 
Storage tip:
Store Broccoli and Cauliflower in a plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper drawer. Wash and trim just before cooking or serving raw. You can leave any leaves that are left around the cauliflower head for longer storage.
 
Here are some ways to sneak broccoli and cauliflower into your diet:
  • Toss some raw broccoli into a soup or salad for added veggies
  • Use leftover cooked broccoli or cauliflower in mashed potatoes
  • Throw in some finely chopped broccoli into your breakfast veggie omelet.
  • Toss raw or cooked broccoli into a pasta meal. 


 

Posted: July 4, 2013

Ontario Cherries!

Ontario Cherries

Yes folks they are ready and waiting for you at our Orchard Market!

 


Posted: Feb 27, 2013

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Did you know that consuming apple cider vinegar is helpful in ailments such as constipation, headaches, arthritis, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea, eczema, sore eyes, chronic fatigue, mild food poisoning, hair loss, high blood pressure, obesity, along with a host of many other ailments.

Follow the link to learn more about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

 


 

Posted: January 31, 2013

Chips and Dip for the Super Bowl party!

Martin's Apple Chips

You can't throw a Super Bowl party without chips and dip. If you really want to score big, why not pick up some of our crispy Apple Chips. They go great with salsa, hummus, or any cheese sauce. Why not try one of your all time favourite dips? 

Here is an easy make ahead cheesy dip recipe. Pairs well with our Apple Chips for that sweet and savoury taste.

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1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 pkg. (250 grams) cream cheese

¼ cup ranch dressing

¼ cup chopped green onions

½ cup each finely chopped broccoli, red pepper, and shredded carrots

 

Mash together cheeses and ranch dressing; fold in veggies. Heat in slow cooker or microwave. Great for serving hot or cold. 

Yield:  2 ½ cups of dip.

Don't forget to pickup the Martin Family cookbook "A Celebration of Harvest" for more great dips and appetizer recipes.


 

Posted: January 21, 2013

Moody or cranky? Eat an apple!

The saying “you are what you eat” may have some merit when it comes to your mood. Many people fail to realize that a majority of the chemicals that regulate our moods actually come from the nutrients in the food we eat. If your mood is not want you'd like it to be, stock up on foods that will give you a much-needed boost.

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Eating healthy tastes good and helps you feel better.

 

Tip: toss out those sugar-packed treats and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. Sugar spikes and drops your blood sugar, leaving you feeling cranky and moody.

 

 

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We also recommend attacking that bad mood with fiber. Foods rich in soluble fiber, such as apples, barley, oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots and beans can drastically boost your mood and spruce up your good cheer. They slow down the absorption of sugar in your blood and therefore potentially lessen blood sugar and mood swings.

A great combination snack is an apple with peanut butter. The apple is your healthy complex carbohydrate and the peanut butter is a healthy fat. Combining these powerhouse foods tastes delicious and gives you energy that lasts for hours!

 

Happy snacking and forget those winter blues!

more: Foods to Improve Moods - Healthy Living Tips


 

Posted: January 10, 2013

Featured Apple: Ontario Idared!

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Idared is a cross between a Jonathan and a Wagener. It is medium to large, bright red, and has creamy white flesh that is firm, crisp, and juicy. All-purpose apples, the sweetly tart, deliciously spicy Ida Reds are especially good for snacks and desserts, and their firm quality makes them particularly desirable for baking. The flavor improves after several months in controlled-atmosphere storage.

Try the Idared in this great recipe!

Dutch Apple Pie 
3 Tbsp. flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp. butter
3 cups sliced apples
3 Tbsp. milk or cream
1 9” pie crust


Combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender. Place sliced apples in an unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle crumb mixture on top. Add milk/cream. Bake at 375°F for 35 minutes or until apples are soft, and a rich syrup has formed.

 


Posted: Dec 6, 2012

Just in time for the holidays!

This book is a compilation of the Martin family favourites, both old and new, using fresh Ontario produce.

Will surely make a wonderful Christmas gift for neighbours, friends and family members.

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In this book you'll find:

Plus a section on Canning and Preserving!

 


 

Posted: Nov 13, 2012

This will make your heart smile :)

Our community is stronger because of the caring people we have living here. Watch how a small, simple act of kindness can easily make a person’s day. 

 

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(Click on picture to see the video on YouTube)
 
 
 
 

 

Posted: Nov 5, 2012

Celebrate with us!

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Random acts of kindness are a means by which we make a deliberate attempt to brighten another person's day by doing something thoughtful, nice, and caring for them. 

If you stop by our Orchard Market on Friday November 9th, enjoy a treat bag of Apple Chips on us. Also we will be serving up hot apple cider all day!

What will you be doing on Random Act Of Kindness Day?

 


 

Posted: Oct 22, 2012

Apple Chips are now available!

Martin's apple chips

 

Super crunchy, all-natural 

Crispy, delicious, guilt-free snacking!

 


 

Posted: Oct 15, 2012

It's Soup Season!

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It's the perfect comfort food for the cool damp weather.
Make a terrific dinner by pairing a hot steaming bowl with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Spud & Leek Soup

Ingredients
3 T butter 
1 small onion, coarsely chopped 
½ cup chopped carrot 
½ cup chopped celery 
3 leeks, sliced (white & light green part only) 
1 garlic clove, minced 
4 cup diced potato 
2 cup chicken broth 
¼ tsp pepper 
½ tsp salt 
1 tsp basil flakes 
2 cups milk 
1 cup sour cream 
Cheese for garnish, optional

Directions
Put first 6 ingredients into large pot. Sauté veggies until onions are clear. Add potatoes, broth and basil. Bring to boil; cover & cook slowly until veggies are done. Stir occasionally. Stir in milk and cream. Heat; do not boil! Garnish with cheese to serve.
 
Chef’s Note: optional meat additions 
1 cup chopped ham, bacon, Canadian bacon, sausage sauté with veggies
 
 

 

Posted: Aug 29, 2012

New crop Paulared apples are ready

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This is one of our best eating early variety. Paulared apples have a dark red outer skin with yellow to tan spots. This apple is firm, crisp and tart in flavor. It is excellent for sauces, baking, cooking or for eating fresh. 
*this variety is available late August to late September
 

 

Posted: Aug 14, 2012

Sweet Ontario Cantaloupes are in!

Ontario Cantaloupe

Ontario grown cantaloupe melons are always PICKED RIPE, so choose melons that are firm. Melons should also be heavy, which means it is full with juice, and It should have a fragrant, musky smell. 
Cut melons should be wrapped and stored in the fridge if not consumed immediately. But remember the simple rule of always eating fruits as fresh as possible.

 


 

Posted: Aug 7, 2012

New at our Orchard Market!

Martin's Apple Crisps

Super crunchy, all-natural APPLE CRISPS

Crispy, delicious, guilt-free snacking

 


 

Posted: July 23, 2013

Ontario Sweet Corn is now available!

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Storage tip:

If the corn is not cooked shortly after it is purchased, then it should be stored in the refrigerator. Refrigeration helps the corn retain its sugar and vitamin C content. We recommend you keep the corn in its husk until you are ready to cook it. This will help the corn retain its moisture content.

To fully enjoy the great taste of sweet corn, cook it as soon as possible.

 


 

Posted: July 16, 2012

Bluberries are in season.

Here is a great recipe to try. Let us know how it turns out.

Blueberry Buckle

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1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
2 cups blueberries

Topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt,

and add alternately with milk to the first mixture. Pour into a greased 9" square pan.

Spread blueberries over the top.

Topping:
Rub butter into the dry ingrediants and sprinkle over the blueberries.

Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes.

 


 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Fresh Rhubarb are now in season!

Try this delicious Cinnamon-Sugar Rhubarb Cake recipe 

Rhubarb cake

 

½ cup shortening

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup sugar, divided

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

2 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, brown sugar and ½ cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat for 2 minutes. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in rhubarb. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. 

*Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

 

12-16 servings

 

chef’s note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.

 

*Add ¼ cup skör bits to topping for added interest!

 

 


 

Posted: Jan 30, 2012

Red Delicious apples packed with disease fighting antioxidants

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Consumers and food makers looking to pack an antioxidant punch should plump for specific varieties of apples, say scientists, reports Lindsey Partos.

http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science-Nutrition/Red-Delicious-apples-packed-with-disease-fighting-antioxidants

 

 


 

Posted: July 8, 2011

Great selection of Ontario produce!

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There is no better time to start the 100 mile diet. We carry a large selection of locally grown produce. Don't forget about jams, preserves and cider.

 


Posted: June 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Canada!

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 From our family to yours... have a safe, fun and happy long weekend.
 
Martin's Retail Store hours:

Friday July 1 - Closed

Saturday July 2 - Back to regular hours (8am-4pm)

 


Posted: June 16, 2011

Silver Medal!

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 Our friends at Simply Fine Wine locacted at 620 Davenport road WATERLOO entered The Amateur Winemakers of Ontario competition, and won a silver medal with Martin's Cider.
Way to go!


Visit Simply Fine Wine here: www.simplyfinewines.com

Posted: May 3, 2011

Fiddlehead Pasta Toss

Yes the fiddleheads are in!

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Cleaning tip:

 

Here is a great recipe to try.

Ingredients:

3 T. Olive oil

6 cups cooked Rotini or Bowtie pasta

2 cups cooked, chopped Chicken *(Poultry Place’s souvlaki chicken strips are fabulous in this!)

1 pint Fiddleheads

1 pint fresh cleaned Mushrooms, quartered

1-2 cloves fresh Garlic, minced

½ cup Feta Cheese, cubed or crumbled

1 cup Grape Tomatoes (cut in half if large)

Salt, Pepper & Greek herbs to taste

 

Directions:

Cook pasta (approx. 3 cups dry) ‘til al-dente. Meanwhile, wash and trim dark ends off fiddleheads. Sauté mushrooms, fiddleheads & garlic together in 3 T. olive oil until fiddleheads are tender-crisp. Add chicken, drained pasta, grape tomatoes and feta cheese. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and seasonings & toss gently. Add more oil if needed and a teaspoon of lemon juice if too dry.

 

*The Poultry Place is just across the road from Martin’s on Three Bridges Rd.

 


Posted: April 28, 2011

A surprise visit from the Prime Minister!

Stephen Harper shopping with wife at Martins

Mr. Stephen Harper shopping with his wife at our retail store.

Visit our facebook page to see more pictures!

 


 

 

Posted: April 21, 2011

Easter store hours

We will be closed on April 22nd for Good Friday, sorry for any inconveniences this may have caused.

Friday April 22 - Closed
Saturday April 23 - 8am-4pm
Sunday - Closed
 
Back to regular store hours on Monday April 25th.
Monday - Friday  8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am -4pm
 

From our family to yours, HAPPY EASTER!


  

 

April 20, 2011

Taste of Woolwich!

Discovering the farms and food of Woolwich Township.

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Posted: April 18, 2011

A Taste of Woolwich

Martin's Apple CIder
Today 5-8pm at Calvary United Church; 48 Hawksville Rd.
 
Meet local farmers, restaurateurs & chefs, sample savoury local foods, see cooking & preserving demonstrations, enjoy fun family activities and learn what consumers can do to support the local food movement.
 

 

 

Posted: April 5, 2011

Ontario Maple Syrup!

The Ontario maple syrup season is now in full swing. Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on freshly harvested new crop Ontario maple syrup, now available at our retail store!

Ontario maple syrup

DIfferent colour classes, flavours and usages:

Extra Light - very delicate maple flavour - Good for pancakes, waffles
 
Light - delicate maple flavour - French toast, dessert topping, breakfast cereals
 
Medium - distinct maple flavour - Glazing, sweetening, as a dessert on its own
 
Amber - stronger maple flavour - Good for baking, flavouring
 
Storage tip: Keep unopened containers of maple syrup in a cool dry place. Once opened, store tightly closed in the refrigerator or place unused portion a deep freezer.
 

Apple Pancakes

¼ cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups whole milk
4 large eggs
3 or 4 apples
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
 

Preheat oven to 200°F.

Stir together ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

Whisk together flour, salt, and remaining 2 teaspoons sugar in a large bowl. Add milk in a slow stream, whisking, then add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking well after each addition.

Peel and cut apple into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks and toss with lemon juice in a bowl. Fold apples and juice into batter.

Heat ½ tablespoon butter in a nonstick skillet over moderate heat until foam subsides, then add 1/3 cup batter. Cook, reducing heat if browning too quickly and turning pancake over once with a thin flexible heatproof spatula, until golden on both sides, about 4 minutes total.

Slide pancake onto a platter and keep warm in oven. Make more pancakes with remaining butter and batter in same manner.

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve warm with Ontario maple syrup. 
 

 


 

Posted: February 24, 2011

Ontario Apple Growers sets world record!

Most people apple bobbing

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A World Guinness Records™ for the most people simultaneously bobbing for apples was set during the Ontario Apple Growers' (OAG) Winter Apple Ball, honouring the 200th anniversary of the McIntosh apple. In total, 357 apple enthusiasts gathered to participate in the record attempt, while one particular participant stood out from the crowd. In fact, Robb Nelson from Mississauga, not only retrieved all 10 apples from his bucket using only his mouth, but managed to do so at lightning speed in a mere 32 seconds. 

"This is unbelievable," says Nelson, "My strategy was to get those apples out of the container as quickly as possible while trying not to inhale any water.  I really wanted that trophy!"  The previous World Record had been set by the At Work/Talent Recruitment team on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 in the United-Kingdom as 277 people set a record for simultaneously bobbing for apples. In addition to the Guinness World Records™ achievement, Canadians gathered to pay homage to the 200th anniversary of one of the country's native apples: the McIntosh.  Set in the Westin Harbour Castle hotel in downtown Toronto, upwards of 1,400 people attired in jeans, tiaras and their favourite party outfits enjoyed the abundance of festivities which included: a dance performance in honour of the McIntosh apple - the McIntosh Mix Up, fun trivia games, dancing, entertainment, sumptuous apple treats and more.

 

http://www.worldrecordsacademy.org/mass/most_people_apple_bobbing_Ontario_Apple_Growers_sets_world_record_112131.html


Posted: January 28, 2011

Apple Treat

So simple, so delicious!

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Wash apples, remove core and cut into thick slices. Spread peanut butter on each slice. For an extra special treat, dot with raisins or chocolate chips; or drizzle with caramel topping and toasted pecans.
 
Be creative, it's your treat
 

 
 

  

 

Posted: January 14, 2011

Now available!

Apple Gift boxes

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This new packaging is designed for the apple gift boxes. We are also in the process of setting up an on line service enabling you to order apples via the website.

Every box is hand packed with Canada Extra Fancy Grade apples and contains the Martin's locally produced Signature Apple Slicers made in Waterloo Canada.

The pack also includes information on the variety of apples and a recipe booklet.

The apples are protected in a food grade foam to ensure that the apples arrive in optimum condition which guarantee states.

The gift box will be shipped in an outer box for shipping so the attractive high graphic gift box makes a unique nutritional gift.

Please call our office to place your order.


Posted: December 20, 2010

Last minute gift ideas

We have a great selection of gourmet gift baskets!

Gourmet gift basket

Make your last minute holiday shopping quick and easy with our already premade wrapped up Christmas gift baskets. Choose from our great selection or request for a special custom made order.