Final Retreat of the Year

I've done it. I've decided to squeeze in one more retreat before I'm too pregnant or when I need to focus on a being a baby-momma again!

It would be such a shame to not visit the beautiful Cobblestone Farmhouse this summer.

So I contacted the lovely owner and I've secured the first weekend of the summer for the last Purple Workbench retreat of 2014: June 20 - 22rd.

The farmhouse is located in gorgeous rural Cobourg, an hour and a half outside of Toronto, a mere 10 minute trip from the Via Rail station (I am more than happy to pick people up!) and the tranquility of the space will surely inspire some creative crafting!

Whether you have a project in mind, or you're hoping to join me in some workshops, this is a weekend for you to relax, be creative, and have everything else taken care of.

The retreat offers wonderful workspaces for your projects: large work surfaces, big windows, quaint nooks. And it's a guarantee that the weekend will be filled with fantastic food.  The end of June screams outdoor bbq, luscious berries, and a refreshing glass of summer wine.

For more info, check out the specifics on the events page, or use my new signup page on the "register" tab!

Reid's Potato Farm and Farm Market

Most Canadians are proud to be Canadian. There are a hundred reasons why, but I think integrity is a big one.

When I first did an online search for some farms or farmer's markets where I could shop for winter retreat food supplies, I learned about Reid's Potato Farm. The farm itself has been a family farm since 1845, but the truly exciting discovery was the self-serve "Farm Market" located right on their property.

I'm not using the term "self-serve" because you shop by yourself; I mean, the market is entirely unmanned. You pick your goods, write it down in the notebook, tally it up with the little purple calculator, and open up the till all by your honest self.

I love that they trust their customers, and I love that no one has ruined it for everyone else. I doubt this honour system would succeed in many other countries.

Although it was the dead of the winter, the market offered a decent variety of produce from neighbouring farms. I picked up a bag of carrots (I admit I was enticed by the handwritten note that read "our carrots are dirty but they taste delicious!"), a bag of Fuji apples, apple cider, a dozen eggs, a jar of elderberry and peach jam, and a frozen strawberry rhubarb pie. All were fantastic. Especially the dirty carrots.

It is also worth noting that I was equally impressed by their website. They really took the time to create a simple, informative, and professional website that is so well written. All too often I find business websites that are too flashy, littered with grammar issues, or non-existent. They have taken the time to not only advertise their farm, but to voice their commitment to environmentally conscious farming.

It's little gems like this farm market that really make rural Ontario so loveable. If you happen to be in the area, stop by anytime. No, seriously: anytime. With a self-serve system, their hours are 24-7!

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