Friday, 10 October 2008

A Visit to Giffen's Market in Nottawa

After our visit to Creemore last Saturday, we stopped just outside of Nottawa (a village a little south of Collingwood) at Giffen's Country Market. They're at 3827 County Road 124. Through the winter, they are open Monday through Thursday, 8AM - 5PM. Fridays: 8AM to 6PM. Saturday and Sunday: 9AM to 5PM.

Giffens Country Market
There's a large sign outside an otherwise rather nondescript building. At this time of year, though, the eye is also caught by their mounds of pumpkins and bins of apples.


Giffens Country Market
And a nice bright red tractor.


Giffens Country Market
They grow the apples themselves, on their 200 acres of orchards.


Giffens Country Market
They grow the pumpkins and squash, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, rutabagas, beets and other vegetables themselves as well.


Giffens Country Market
Besides all that, they have a kitchen at the back of their store, where you can get soups, sandwiches, burgers and other basic fare, at reasonable prices. They do a lot of baking as well, which gets put up at the front of the store for purchase. Mary Hannan, one of the owners, was proud to tell me that they make their pumpkin pies with their own pumpkins. I looked around but I didn't see any pumpkin pies... I suspect they fly out of there. There are some prepared dishes, such as tourtieres and pot-pies as well.


Giffens Country Market
They also bring in a good selection of cheeses from Millbank Cheese, as well as other meats from the Kitchener-Waterloo area.


Giffens Country Market
A good selection of locally produced jams and preserves.


Giffens Country Market
Mary Hannan with a tray of their lovely pies.


Giffens Country Market
And the menu of the day, inscribed on a door.


Giffens Country Market
If you purchase prepared food to eat right away, they have a few tables available. Alas, I never seem to be passing through at meal time, but this is definitely a good place to stop if you are travelling up to Collingwood. There's a great selection of all kinds of good things, with much of it produced right on the Giffen farm.

3 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

I don't know if this existed when I lived in Ontario years ago but at one time we had a cottage near Flesherton at Lake Eugenia which is south of Collingwood (actaully closer to Beaver Valley ski hills).I love that area:D I enjoy reminiscing through your blog. I seldom get back to Ontario:D

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Tim Bremner said...

Howdy... the Giffen's building has been in the Glen since the fall of 1982, when it was built by Fleming's Construction out of Markdale. Originally, it was just a large cold storage for apples (with flushable lockers to replace all of the air with inert gas to prolong storage life). They originally just sold fruit from this location, when the business was known as Fruit of the Glen, and over time Bob and Mary Giffen, with help from Bob's mom (who still lives on the home place just up the lane between the pond and the store) started selling baked goods and such. With some of the other local ladies (Mary Hannon for example) they've turned the place into a very special spot. It used to be that you could only get Mary's pies or Mrs. Giffen's famous butter tarts if you went to a Strawberry Supper, the Christmas Concert or chicken barbecue in the summer time. I lived up the road in Singhampton for 32 years before moving away, and every time I get back home, I go and visit the Giffen's store and stock up on baked goods that have been done the same way for more than 30 years.