Saturday, 9 January 2010

A Visit to Around The Sound

Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
I heard about Around the Sound Local Food Market early in the summer, but what with one thing or another I was only able to visit them for the first time on Thursday. The first thing I discovered is that they are about to move by January 28th, so I will just give the new address. They are going to be at 685 6th Street East, in Owen Sound. Their hours will be the same; Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
Their current abode is an old house, and products are arranged in a somewhat higgledy-piggledy manner throughout. This is the main room, which has their baked goods, cereals, most of their jams and preserves, and grains, beans and cereals.


Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
They've even got the hallway pressed into service, with a shelf full of toiletries and cleaning supplies, and beeswax candles.


Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
Refrigerated and frozen products are mainly in the other front room, along with some spill-over of the juices, jams and preserves.


Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
Currently you can enter directly from the parking area through the back sunporch where the vegetables are, or through the front door.

Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
They had a nice selection of winter storage vegetables including some absolutely fabulous looking garlic.

Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
There was a small area tucked away to keep children entertained while parents do some shopping. This seems typical of owner Anne Finlay-Stewart, who has some big plans for the new site. It's going to have a certified kitchen, to allow classes and rentals. It won't be just a grocery store, but also a community resource.


Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
Lots of good local apples!


Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
GrassRoots Organics
is something of a fixture in this part of the world... Around the Sound has a wide selection of their beans, flours and puffed cereals.

Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
Cookies from New Moon Kitchen, in Toronto. The local connection here is the flour, which comes from GrassRoots Organics, via a mill in Tavistock. (I'd bet that it's Oak Manor Farms - who else?)

Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
Local pastas and sauces.


Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
Rainbow trout oil, wild rice, sunflower seed oil and olive oil, amongst other things. Okay, you guessed it: the olive oil is not local, it's from Palestine. Of the "100 Mile Market" type stores I've been in, this one takes a looser approach than most. Mostly the products, even if from some distance away, have a connection to someone in the Owen Sound area. For example, she had tinned tuna and salmon from the west coast, because of a connection to someone from Owen Sound.

Around the Sound Market in Owen Sound
Puffed cereals from GrassRoots Organics. Around the Sound gets some items from the Ontario Natural Food Co-op, with a particular emphasis on product from Ontario and Quebec. It helps give the store it's well-balanced selection of products. This is the first local market I've been in where I've felt like I could actually do a lot of the weekly shopping. Pity it's just a bit too far away for me to get to regularly. However, now that I've tracked them down, I'll be back. I want to see how things work in the new digs, which will be larger...





Last year at this time I made Cream of Rutabaga Soup and Buttermilk Pancakes.

2 comments:

Kevin Kossowan said...

That's a great old building they're moving from, and looks like a worthwhile fixture out there.

Ferdzy said...

It's nice isn't it. Unfortunately there are two ways to get to it, and one of them is about to be closed for a year for reconstruction. Hence the move.