Guest Blog Post From Mommy Connections Alumni, Kirsti Stubbs
You know when you find a place to eat that you and your kids both love? As a mom to two young kiddos that means it is clean and convenient (bathrooms, etc) but it’s also healthy, reasonably priced and there is something for everyone’s moody/picky taste!
Well imagine that convenience PLUS you can also buy your grocery essentials! That is Farm Boy friends. When the store opened earlier this year in Alderwood, a neighbourhood in Etobicoke, my little ones and I were immediately in love. It’s now our go to for quick meals before soccer practice, a place to run to when we are out of something, or a weekly grocery shop on weekends. The kids love Mikey the monkey swinging in the produce aisle and the interactive food stations, epic hot buffet, and their baked goods.
The store (which is an Ontario-based company!) carries gourmet brands, locally made products and an amazing selection of their own Farm Boy brand. We visited recently to try some of their newest products and they were all delicious, so we had to share with you what made it into our cart in hopes of inspiring you to create your own Canada Day BBQ or picnic!
As an appy, the new summer sizzling Grill’m Dips are delicious – they come in foil trays which you put on the grill until they warm up all melty and delicious. They come in Buffalo Cauliflower, Asiago Artichoke and Bacon Corn Jalapeno which we enjoyed. Some fresh veggies or fresh baguette and pita poppers are perfect sides.
For the main we picked up a Farm Boy Harvest Kale Salad and their in-house vegan salad dressing in Apple Cider Goji Berry to pair with Artisan Sausages in variety of pork flavours like Bratwurst, Hot Italian, The Great Canadian and Curry. Their sausages are made fresh, with mouth-watering ingredients and none of the bad stuff like MSG or fillers. They are also 100% gluten free ingredients!
We finished off the meal with a cake and ice cream. Their Loaf Cake is made in the bakery from scratch, using their Chef’s original recipes and high-quality ingredients like freshly roasted walnuts, farm fresh eggs, bananas and grated carrots. They come in a variety of flavours – Banana Chocolate Chip, Carrot, Lemon Thyme, Cranberry Orange and Maple Walnut which we tried and LOVED!
Farm Boy Gelato is rich and creamy, made in small batches using 100% Canadian homogenized milk – flavours like salted peanut and toffee cappuccino are stashed in our freezer at all times. The kids ask for “Farm Boy Sandwiches” as if it’s a healthy lunch however they are most definitely referring to their ice cream sandwiches – they come in chocolate fudge or chocolate chip and both are a perfect blend of chewy cookies and fresh soft ice cream!
Enjoy your Canada Day feast!