Canada Day – Bike Ride & Farmer’s Market

So far, my Canada Day holiday has been relaxing and wonderful. I think we should get Wednesdays off more often – makes for a much nicer work week!

I started off with a bike ride. I had planned on going out to the rec centre that I used to skate at, and that we sometimes meet at for Skating Boot Camp. I mostly wanted to see how long it would take me to get out there. I didn’t quite go all the way, because I wanted to get back in time for the start of the Farmer’s Market, but I figure it would take a maximum of 45 min to get out there, but probably closer to 35 min, since I stopped a few times along the way to take photos 😉

Speaking of photos…here are some of the sights.

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So many pretty wildflowers out in bloom along the trail, and dragonflies flitting all over the place. Tons of people out as well, biking, running, walking their dogs. I saw a family out on a bike ride, all decked out in red t-shirts, with Canada flags on their helmets and bikes 🙂

I got home, and quickly had a shower. I had though the market started at 1 pm, but when I rode past the mall, the signs said 12 pm, so I didn’t have time to eat lunch before heading down. I did wolf down a couple of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies though – they were camera shy.

The Farmer’s Market is run at the mall right by my house, so I just walked down. I must say – it was a little disappointing. There was too much that wasn’t farm products, which is generally what I’m going to look at. Plus, the vendors didn’t have alot of product, and I didn’t think it was set up that well. I did pick up a couple of things though.

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I bought a loaf of Onion & Rye bread (with Swiss cheese on top) from Demitasse, scored a free reusable shopping bag (cute!), and picked up my ticket to the Organic Islands Festival this coming weekend. That was actually the biggest reason I wanted to head down – the tickets are cheaper if you buy them in advance 🙂 I did see a couple of other things I might have bought, but noticed that alot of the vendors will be at Organic Islands, so I may as well just wait until I go on Sunday.

I served up a quick lunch when I got home – leftover Kraft Dinner & a salad.

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Mmmmm, bright orange KD! I feel like a kid when I eat this stuff.

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My salad was a mix of red leaf & romaine lettuce, cucumber, green onion, sunflower seeds, and cheddar cheese. I used a little Shiitake Sesame Vinaigrette for the dressing – I think it’s better suited to marinades.

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It’s only 3 pm, and I already have some pots simmering on the stove for dinner later on. I’m not sure what the rest of my day holds. I could head downtown for the fireworks, but I don’t know if I feel like dealing with the crowds. Maybe a nice relaxing evening in, or a walk later on to enjoy the beautiful day. You’ll just have to wait and see!

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9 Comments on “Canada Day – Bike Ride & Farmer’s Market”

  1. July 1, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    Great pictures!

  2. July 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    You sure do have some beautiful sights to see while out on your bike! Gorgeous!

    That brad sounds pretty darn good. Too badthere wasn’t too much else that interested you. This festival you got tickets for sounds interesting, though…

    Have a great night whatever you decide to do!

  3. July 1, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Canada Day!

  4. July 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    Great pictures of the flowers, they are so pretty! I know what you mean about being disappointed when Farmer’s Markets don’t have much produce. The first time I went this season the market was full of bread, flowers, seeds, honey, candles, etc, I was disappointed because I wanted more fresh produce!! Oh well, it’s never predictable I guess.

  5. July 1, 2009 at 8:06 pm #

    Oooo I know that trail! I think the view at Portage Inlet is just beautiful!!!

    Hope you’re still enjoying Canada Day!

    PS: I now know what people out here do for fun. I had a BLAST!!!!!!!

  6. July 1, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    Happy Canada Day!

    Your orange kraft made me smile a nostalgic smile. 😀

  7. July 2, 2009 at 6:03 am #

    Canada is so pretty!! Hope you had a great Canada Day 🙂

    I don’t think there is enough cheese with that dinner!

  8. July 2, 2009 at 6:45 am #

    Looks like Canada Day was beautiful for you!

  9. July 2, 2009 at 8:39 am #

    Wow, how beautiful is that scenery?? It looks so lovely. And I love that kraft mac & cheese! It totally reminds me of being a kid and watching pokemon on tv. Haha!!

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