Wednesday, 23 July 2008
A Visit to Shepherd's Watch Hundred Mile Market
We were driving through Arthur last weekend, when we saw a sign on a big old barn-shaped building on the main street, that said "Shepherd's Watch 100 Mile Market." Well, you know what that meant! Screeeech!
A closer look showed that they were also a café with seats on the front deck which was adorned with baskets of hanging plants.
There are tables inside as well. As you may suppose by their name, they have a particular interest in the all the various products that are possible with sheep. The blankets come from Belle Vallee Wools. I suspect that's a bit further than 100 miles, but nice to see anyway - I don't know of any other mill in Ontario producing all-wool blankets with locally produced wool.
They also have lots of naturally coloured wools and sheepskins, as well as a judicious selection of interesting yarns from further afield.
One of the Belle Vallee tartan blankets.
You could have some cosy, colourful toes this winter.
Shepherd's Watch is owned by Lynda Sauve and Carol Sampson, who run a farm and sheep dairy of the same name. They produce all-natural sheep cheeses, as well as lamb, milk, yogurt, wool, yarn, blankets, sheep skins, and other wool products. They are available at the Guelph Farmers Market and the Kitchener Farmers Market as well.
The 100 Mile Market carries a range of other meats as well, from local farmers. Does all this remind you a bit of the 100 Mile Market in Meaford? Lynda and Carol consulted with the folks in Meaford before opening their store. I hope this is a pattern we will see more often.
There was a small but nice selection of vegetables. At the time of this visit, the market has been open for only 2 months. Lynda Sauve and Carol Sampson are continuing to add products as the market becomes more known.
Their veggies included these wildly-coloured cauliflowers.
Jams from Mount Forest, honey from Fergus, vinegar and apple butter from Wellesley...
As well as a good selection from Grass Roots Organics mill in Desboro. They make pasta, which can be hard to find.
We snacked on a freshly-made and tasty sandwich, a very good pepperette and a very rich and gooey butter tart while we were there. (I didn't get a picture, but they had a small but tempting selection of baked goods.)
The Shepherd's Watch 100 Mile Market and Café is located at 211 Smith Street in Arthur. Their phone number is 519-848-2228. They are open Wednesday to Sunday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.