One happy result of this terrible time is that we now had two new friends to visit on our trip home. And they just happened to have a cottage in Ontario's Thousand Islands. Where we were planning a long (10 days) rest stop before heading home to Nova Scotia.
The cool thing about the Thousand Islands is that many of them are small and many cottagers own their own, private island:
|one cottage per small island is the norm|
|Here comes our ride|
|What a beautiful setting|
|you "park" in the boathouse rather than a garage|
|A cozy and relaxing spot to spend "down time"|
|Visitors with their own boats arrive at this dock and deck|
|Al and Linda actually have two islands with this bridge between them|
|From left, Arch, Ron, Helen, Linda and Al|
Al also took us on a private boat tour of the Islands. There are lots of boats that do tours and I recommend you take one - it is the only way to really get a feel for the area.
|Lots of people on the tour on this beautiful day|
|The International Bridge spanning the islands and the St Lawrence River|
|A great market - go if you are in the area on a market day (Tues, Thurs. and Sat - April to November)|
|located in a historic school, it was rustic, to say the least but the food was very real and local.|
"I am a proud 6th generation farmer from Lyndhurst, Ontario. I have always held a strong interest in agriculture and a number of years ago, after talking with some local producers, I felt the need to help connect consumers and restaurants with a healthier food system. Thus, our journey into the local food delivery business began and my husband Rick and I started Wendy’s Mobile Market and Wendy’s Country Market.
We now proudly sell an ever expanding list of our own vegetables along with an abundance of produce grown by my parents on their farm,Corn Acre Farms, and food from over 70 local producers. We have developed a business that makes it convenient for consumers to have all things local in one stop shopping as well as giving the producers we work with another avenue to market their products. Since we are open all year round area producers are able to expand their growing season because they are no longer limited to seasonal farmers markets.
With Wendy’s Mobile Market we deliver to individuals, restaurants, B & B’s, independent local food grocers and deli’s covering an area from Napanee to Kemptville. On the other hand, Wendy’s Country Market, which is located in a 19th Century heritage school house on my parents’ farm, provides consumers with the full country experience complete with animals, pick your own herbs, a seasonal greenhouse and children’s play area."
|The greenhouse and pick your own herbs|
|Eat in (in the garden) or take home|
We dined at Linda and Al's several times while we were there and one night they joined us at the Adventure Bus for dinner:
Thanks Linda and Al for your great hospitality.