Established in 1911 by Charlie Bennett and his wife Maude, Bennett’s Apples & Cider Market has been satisfying cravings for hot apple cider and apple pie for 100 years! I visited Bennett’s, located at 944 Garner Road East, Ancaster, last Wednesday with my classmate, Amanda. Outside were hundreds of pumpkin being snatched up by Ancaster locals eager to carve them by October 31. Inside apples, cider, fresh produce and baked goods stocked the shelves, and made the market smell delicious! You’d be a fool not to walk out with Marlene Bennett’s Crumbly Crust Apple or Deep Dish Apple Crisp in hand. I was impressed by the fare prices, and pleased to support a local business. I certainly encourage a visit to Bennett’s Apples & Cider Market which is open year round! For more information visit their website: http://bennettsapples.com/index.html
I made my second visit to the Ancaster Farmers Market yesterday, and I felt sympathetic towards the vendors, music performers, volunteers and local shoppers who were braving the frigid winds! Cups of hot apple cider were grasped and sipped for warmth by many, and it seems as though winter coats, hats and mitts are making an early appearance this year!
I met with Leah Higens, executive director of the Ancaster Business Improvement Area (BIA), who was busy coordinating volunteers and ensuring that all was running smoothly. She certainly had her hands full — dragging a wagon filled with water bottles and handing them out to volunteers and vendors. Mike McCurley strummed his guitar at the music tent, keeping the mood light and fun. Yet another successful day at the Ancaster Farmers Market despite the chill!
There are three more Wednesday’s left in the month of October. Make the trip by foot or by bike to St. John’s Anglican Church and support local food growers and producers!
Ancaster residents want fresh fruits and veggies, seasonal and local; they want to converse with the farmers who picked the berries and the bakers who baked the bread; they want products grown in a sustainable environment and a place to gather and mingle with like-minded community members. Ancaster residents know the importance of farmers markets, and show their support each Wednesday 3-7 pm at the Ancaster Farmers Market, located just behind St. John’s Anglican Church in the heart of the Ancaster Heritage Village.
Local musicians strum guitars and sing, while toddlers and their parents dance along. Couples wander, carrying tote bags filled with the freshest fruit and vegetables, artisan bread and cheeses, organic meats, jams, salsas, flowers, honey, maple syrup, Belgian chocolate treats and much more… Trendy youth snap photos, pick up the necessities for a vegetarian dinner and peddle away on their bikes. The environment is relaxed and fun!
As October wears on, the vendors will begin to sell the last of their products and will pack up for the last time this season on Wednesday, October 31st … until next year when the Ancaster Farmers Market reopens in June!
For more information check out: http://www.ancasterfarmersmarket.com/
How it all began: I am one of Ancaster’s 33,000 residents. I’ve lived in the town for 22 years — leaving no more than 5 months at a time for university and studying/working abroad. I’ve scrapped my knees playing at locals parks, walked the halls of three public schools, hiked and biked on local trails, chowed down at restaurants, shared pints in its two Pubs, and for years I have been actively involved in community events. I’d say I know Ancaster pretty well!
In recent anticipation of a close friend visiting, I Google searched “Things to do in Ancaster”, as I was curious what others had to say about my town. To my surprise there were few Google results highlighting Ancaster’s main attractions, stores, restaurants, events, etc. I found myself thinking, “Hmmm where is all the tourist information?” Cue the Aha moment … “I’ll blog about all there is to see and do in Ancaster, giving visitors and locals the inside scoop!”
And so, here I am writing my first blog post of many about attractions in Ancaster. I’ve partnered with members of the Ancaster Business Improvement Area (BIA) association, who actively support local businesses and events in the Ancaster Heritage Village. In line with the BIA’s mission, I am excited to promote Ancaster as a “Complete, Liveable, Walkable Community that is sympathetic to its Heritage.”
I hope you become inspired to enjoy many of Ancaster’s authentic, heritage, and fun attractions, just as I have!